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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.”

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