Democrat Win in Virginia Signals New Attack On Second Amendment
November 6, 2013
Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s win for governor of Virginia was bolstered big-time by the anti-Second Amendment crowd led by billionaire Nanny Mike Bloomberg and his Independent USA PAC. The pressure group is led by the current poster child for gun-grabbers, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat shot in the head during a campaign event in Tucson two years ago.
Bloomberg’s organization threw in half a million dollars to make sure McAuliffe won the race. Bloomberg personally spent $3 million in the state to inundate voters with mailers and television ads attacking Kenneth Cuccinelli, McAuliffe’s Republican opponent.
MSNBC portrayed Cuccinelli as a puppet of the NRA and the “gun lobby,” code for political groups that support the Second Amendment.
The network places huge emphasis on the state and McAuliffe’s narrow win. “McAuliffe’s spurning of the N.R.A. and his victory may very well represent a long awaited shift in the way gun-politics are played in purple states,” writes Trymaine Lee for MSNBC, the network founded by Microsoft and defense contractor General Electric. “Democrats in southern and Midwestern states often tip-toe around the gun issue, wary of turning off middle-of-the-road voters who nonetheless support strong gun rights.”