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.