EDITORIAL: Sen. Mitch McConnell Warns Gun Owners: ‘We’re surrounded by gun-grabbers’

In a letter written by his campaign manager, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned gun owners and potential voters in the Bluegrass State that, “gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment.”

The letter, which is seemingly designed to strike a cord with the state’s conservative base and shore up support for McConnell’s reelection campaign in 2014, pulls no punches when it comes to politically charged rhetoric.

It reads:

Dear Patriot,

You and I are literally surrounded.

The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights.  On your freedom.

Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns.

My friend, our freedom is under direct assault.

From those who want take your guns. From those who want to shred our Constitution, and as our good in friend Rand Paul from Kentucky says, from those who want to be King.

Let me tell you, Mitch McConnell is ready to lead the fight to protect your rights.

Will you stand with Mitch today?

Our Founders fought a revolution to secure our rights. They would have been appalled by what they heard from an American president the other day.

President Obama has the left wing media in a frenzy. And, like his old Chief of Staff, he is determined to not waste a crisis.

The gun-grabbers are in full battle mode. And they are serious.

What’s at stake?

There are almost too many schemes to list. But President Obama’s worst center around:

-The Feinstein Gun Ban, which will criminalize firearms by how they look.

-A thinly-veiled national gun registration scheme hidden under the guise of “background checks” to ensure federal government minders gain every bureaucratic tool they need for full-scale confiscation.

-An outright BAN on magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

-And that’s not even close to the end of it.

23 new Executive Orders.

It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution.

Well, Mitch McConnell is not going to stand aside.

Mitch McConnell will stand and fight. He will lead the Senate Republicans against this unconstitutional agenda, and with your help, we will prevail.

But Mitch can’t do it alone.

That’s why I am asking you to sign the attached Defense of the Second Amendment pledge today to show that you stand with me in this vital fight.

Friend, from his very first run for office, Leader McConnell has always stood strong for your gun rights.

Like you and me, he firmly believes that the Second Amendment protects YOU as an individual.

And, he absolutely will not let president Obama or the Senate Democrats take that right away from us.

So please help him fight back today.

For Freedom,

Jesse Benton

Campaign Manager

Sen. Mitch McConnell

P.S. President Obama and his allies are committed to eroding your Constitutional freedoms. Please sign your pledge TODAY to let him know that we stand with Mitch McConnell in opposing this gun grab.

This passionate missive to gun owners was flanked by a phone recording disseminated via autodial in which McConnell says, “Know that I will be doing everything in my power as Senate Republican leader, fighting tooth and nail, to protect your Second Amendment rights, so that law-abiding citizens such as yourself can properly and adequately protect yourself, your family, and your country.”

“President Obama and his team are doing everything in their power to restrict your constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” McConnell continues in the recording. “Their efforts to restrict your rights, invading your personal privacy and overstepping their bounds with executive order, is just plain wrong.”

In reading Sen. McConnell’s remarks I am struck by two countervailing thoughts (a) deep appreciation for the Senator’s commitment to stop Draconian gun laws and (b) disgust for the apparent fear-mongering and histrionic manner in which he is trying to secure votes.

Does that make sense?

To clarify, there’s no doubt that one should support McConnell’s effort to stop the Obama administration and the pro-gun control forces in Congress from radically reforming the nation’s gun laws, but at the same time, one shouldn’t embrace McConnell’s rather obvious ploy to play upon the fears of gun owners in the hope that it can be later cashed in for votes.

The question needs to be asked, does McConnell really care about gun rights?  Or does he really just care about getting reelected?

One can check out his voting record on the issue of guns here.  For the most part, it appears he is pro-gun, but again it’s not clear as to whether that’s pro-gun for political reasons or pro-gun because he really believes in the Second Amendment.

Though, practically speaking, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

I mean, so long as one is willing to vote for gun rights, to campaign on gun rights, to defend the Second Amendment, it doesn’t really make a difference if the candidate actually feels that way or if he/she’s adopted the position purely for political reasons (Mitt Romney comes to mind as someone who was politically pro-gun, but didn’t personally care about gun rights).

Now, given this reality one is probably wondering, why even bring up this issue?  Why criticize Sen. McConnell and point out the obvious (his political ambition)?

For me the answer is simple, I want politicians on both sides of the aisle to know that gun owners are NOT a bunch of rubes, that we see right through the political B.S. being spouted from Washington, that we know when someone is trying to curry favor in order to advance or maintain a political career.

So, what I propose to all of the pro-gun lawmakers (whether genuinely pro-gun or politically pro-gun) working in DC is that instead of telling us how much you support gun rights, do your job and show us that you really care about our right to keep and bear arms.  Go on the offensive. Start introducing more pro-gun bills into both chambers of Congress (why not create a comprehensive pro-gun proposal to combat Obama’s pro-gun control plan, why not galvanize the House and Senate to support the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act that would establish universal concealed carry in all 50 states? )

What gun owners need right now from their elected officials is a little less conspiracy-laced talk and a lot more legislative action.  In short, just do your job and you won’t have to worry about getting reelected.

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