Need help on deciding who to vote against this November? Everytown for Gun Safety has you covered with its new ‘Gun Sense Candidate’ lookup tool.
An online, searchable portal found at gunsensevoter.org, it allows users to quickly determine if their state and federal politicians have pledged to “stand up for gun safety,” which as we all know is a euphemism for vowing to disarm law-abiding Americans.
Everytown uses a Moms Demand Action questionnaire to determine whether a candidate deserves the “Gun Sense” stamp of approval. Thus far over 2,600 candidates nationwide have been given the survey, including incumbents, challengers or open seat candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Senate, State House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are eligible, according to Everytown.
“Thousands of candidates are running on gun safety because they know that gun safety is a winning issue. No matter the state or district, the vast majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and clearly candidates are paying attention,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, in a press release. “We look forward to electing Gun Sense Candidates in November and working with them for years to come.”
Specifically, the questionnaire asks politicians about their stance on criminalizing private transfers, concealed carry reciprocity, red flag laws, among other questions.
“More and more voters are seeking out candidates who pledge to fight hard for gun safety ― and now it’s easier than ever to find them,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown.
How does this new resource not backfire against the anti-gun lobby? As I alluded to at the beginning of the article, there’s nothing stopping pro-gun people like myself from using it as a means to determine who to vote against during the upcoming midterms.
Considering that historically us gun guys & gals have been more active politically than our counterparts, we vote at higher rates, there are more single-issue pro-gunners than anti-gunners, it’s hard to see how this doesn’t blow up in their face. Oh, and yeah, in case they forgot, the NRA has five million dues-paying members. How many does Everytown have? Billionaire Bloomberg, who accounts for one vote at the ballot box, and…
Yes, there may be evidence to indicate that the landscape is shifting post-Parkland. However, it’s too early to say for sure. What we do know is that the NRA’s role as a kingmaker in American politics is unrivaled. Just ask George W. Bush or Donald J. Trump — or for that matter, Al Gore or Hillary Clinton.