NRA Leaders Tout Blunt As Check on Gun Rights
From Columbia Tribune — National Rifle Association leaders on Thursday described a dangerous future if Democrats win the White House and take over Congress as they stumped in Columbia for Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox visited MidwayUSA with Blunt as part of a statewide endorsement tour that focused heavily on future justices of the Supreme Court. If Democrats win, LaPierre said, the court would be loaded with justices willing to restrict Second Amendment rights.
“If your glass breaks at 2 a.m. in your house in the middle of the night, there is not a government or authority on the planet that substitutes for your right to own firearms in that situation,” LaPierre said.
With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the likelihood that at least one other justice will retire during the next presidential term, the tenor of the court will be set by the Nov. 8 winner, Cox said. The Heller v. District of Columbia decision in 2008, decided 5–4, recognized the right to own arms as a personal right to bear arms for self-defense.
“We don’t have five votes for the basic right to own a firearm in this country,” Cox said to about 200 people gathered at MidwayUSA. “The Second Amendment is on the ballot in November along with Donald Trump and along with Roy Blunt.”
Blunt is locked in a close race with Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat who is running statewide for the second time. Blunt, seeking his second term in the Senate, has won three statewide races and seven terms in Congress. Democrats have criticized him for months over his refusal to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee for Scalia’s seat, Merrick Garland, as part of a GOP strategy to wait for the election results.
Republicans hold a four-seat majority in the Senate, which must approve judicial appointments.
“This election is not about a four-year presidential term or a six-year Senate term,” Blunt said. “It’s about a generation of Supreme Court judges.”