Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Win for Begich in Alaska is a gun rights victory

As you've probably heard and rejoiced at by now, the word came in today that Alaskan voters handed his hat and coat to long-time senator and convicted felon Ted Stevens and bid him to not let the door hit him on his way out--yep, the race has been called in favor of Anchorage mayor and Democrat, Mark Begich. Ted Stevens is the new poster child for the "absolute power corrupts absolutely" adage, and we should all be thankful to Alaskans for doing the right thing. Senator-elect Begich's win is a win for every American who believes in honest government, regardless of their political beliefs.

But Begich's win is also a huge win for gun owners. Begich joins the growing ranks of Democratic congressmen and senators (not to mention state and local officials) with strong pro-2nd Amendment records. Among Begich's other credentials are his "A" rating from the NRA. Concerning their endorsement, Begich had this to say:
“I appreciate the NRA’s recognition of my support for the Second Amendment,” Begich said. “Responsible gun ownership is a fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution, and as a U.S. Senator, I will continue to fight to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
Other online statements about Begich include the following from "OnTheIssues.org":
"He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, owns firearms and was one of the first Anchorage citizens to obtain a concealed weapons permit when it was required. Most recently, Mark applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns. "
Personally, I like his attitude to concealed carry very much. In the coming months, it is imperative that pro-gun Democrats loudly and frequently show our strength, our numbers, and our commitment to upholding gun owners' rights by supporting Democratic legislators who defend them. A majority of the Democratic party and a majority of the American people support the 2nd Amendment, and we must not let the broad victory of the Democratic party across the whole country be side-tracked by the misguided vocal minority who have made a name for themselves attacking our rights, Constitution and common sense in their dogmatic efforts to impose gun control.

Let Mark Begich and other pro-2nd Amendment legislators know they have your support.