With five separate anti-gun initiatives nationwide—bolstered by millions of Michael Bloomberg’s dollars—the people of Maine had the Second Amendment on their mind. In a state carried by Democrats in every presidential election since 1992, more voters cast ballots in the gun referendum than for chief executive.
In a campaign to expand background checks to include gun transfers, gun control groups paid around $14 for each vote and still lost. By contrast, the National Rifle Association paid only 20 cents for each dollar spent by background check supporters.
Andy Torbett, who worked with the NRA in Maine, told Guns.com, “What the nation witnessed here in Maine was everyday, law-abiding Maine gun owners rejecting the overreach of a New York City billionaire, who sadly must feel that his accumulated wealth and stature grants him license to trample the natural born right to self-defense of American citizens, which the Second Amendment protects.”