Prominent Anti-Gun Member of Congress Loses Primary Election

posted on August 26, 2022
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Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), a 15-term incumbent, will not be returning to Congress next term after losing her primary election to another 15-term incumbent, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D), after redistricting forced them to face off against each other in New York’s newly-drawn 12th district.

Both have track records of standing against our Second Amendment rights. Maloney chairs a House committee that recently took aim at firearms manufacturers. In that hearing, Maloney—along with many other anti-gun congressmen—took deliberate and dishonest shots at a law-abiding industry. She said that the firearms industry has a “legal immunity” from lawsuits and claimed that the manufacturers “refuse to accept responsibility” for the acts of criminals.

This was far from the first time she took the opportunity to grandstand during a congressional hearing. In 2019, she went after Wells Fargo for not cutting ties with the firearm industry, and would use erroneous data later that year to push her agenda in another hearing.

Her tenure in the House of Representatives paints a picture of someone who has long been opposed to our Second Amendment freedoms; in fact, Maloney has been in office long enough to have voted in favor of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994. That ban, thankfully, sunset in 2004, but this notion that commonly owned firearms are a problem is once again in the halls of Congress with the U.S. House of Representatives recently voting to enact a similar ban once more.

Maloney also urged then-President Barack Obama (D) in 2014 to insert $10 million into the budget for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “conduct scientific research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.”

As has reported before, guns are not a disease, and the use of the term “gun violence” is “a carefully orchestrated manipulation of semantics to claim that firearms are an epidemic, as guns are inanimate objects that are no more than tools. Historically, the term epidemic has referred to the spread of an infectious disease through a community. But many within the medical community have adopted the anti-gun tactic of misapplying epidemic when referring to criminal activity involving firearms.”

Beyond this, much of her nearly three decades in office was spent introducing numerous pieces of anti-gun legislation. Maloney had also picked up endorsements from multiple gun-control groups, including Everytown, Brady and more throughout her years in office.

Though seeing Maloney out of Congress is a welcome sight, Rep. Nadler is no friend of your rights either. Most of what was previously said about Maloney and the Second Amendment can also be said about Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. In the gambling world, one might call the result of this race a “push.” In practical terms, however, Maloney’s loss means one less proven, influential and powerful anti-gun extremist will be returning to Congress next year.

We will keep you up to date as November’s election draws nearer.


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