Despite the never ending gun control push by the Obama administration, Senate Democrats, and gun control organizations during 2013, there were huge pro-gun moments.
Breitbart News has compiled what we believe were the top five from 2013.
Number five on the list is the lopsided win NRA-backed Virginia delegates secured over delegates backed by Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) on November 5. Out of 67 delegate races, NRA-backed candidates won 65.
Number four on the list is the signal Chambersburug, PA, residents sent on November 5 when they voted Mayor and MAIG-member Pete Lagiovane (D) out of office and replaced him with Darren Brown (R). Throughout the campaign season Brown assured voters that one of his first acts as Mayor will be to get Chambersburg “off the [MAIG] list.”
Number three is the way sheriffs throughout the country stood against gun control and literally refused to enforce new gun laws. This started with Jackson County Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman who spoke up in January during the intense federal gun control push following Sandy Hook. Said Peyman, “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”
Throughout the year Peyman’s sentiments were echoed by hundreds of sheriffs throughout the country. They were most recently re-emphasized by Weld County, Colorado, Sheriff John Cooke who made clear that his office has not and will not enforce Colorado’s new gun control laws.
Number two in our top five list is the successful Colorado recall movement that tossed state senators John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) out of office for heaving gun control upon Coloradans.
The September 10th recalls drew people from all demographics, including many of the young voters whom the Obama campaign once targeted and energized to support Obama. The success of the recalls sent a signal that the people want politicians to leave their guns alone.
The number one pro-gun moment in 2013 was the April 17 defeat of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill. Democrats’ efforts to get that bill passed were shameless, relentless, and unsuccessful.
They were outsmarted and outmaneuvered by the NRA and a passionate, pro-gun citizenry that ultimately proved more effective than Democrat talking points or Bloomberg’s billions.
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