Recent, highly-publicized shootings have empowered the liberal media to once again go after our gun rights. Democrats in Washington always try to take the easy way out. When something terrible happens, they look for the simplest, least effective answer. Instead of, obviously, looking at the real sources of violence.
Liberals in D.C. have tried to use the recent horrible tragedy in Las Vegas to push for greater gun control. While fighting to erode our Second Amendment rights have always been a losing battle for the left, they frequently look to find new ways to limit Americans’ access to firearms.
The latest push by Democratic lawmakers has been to try to ban bump stock devices. According to reports, the Las Vegas shooter used one of these modification. In response to this attack on the Second Amendment, the NRA urged the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to weigh in on the matter. This would give this bureau greater power to regulate our freedoms, more than even Congress or the White House.
Representative Thomas Massie, is not happy about that.
The Republican leader of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus blasted the National Rifle Association’s stance on how the federal government should deal with “bump stocks,” and said it’s a recipe for the Trump administration to search for new gun restrictions in the law where there are none.
“I think it’s a horrible idea, to ask the ATF to contort existing law,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner on Thursday. ... continue reading »
2020 isn’t a random year or a conveniently selected date. In addition to the growing impact conservative and liberty-leaning state majorities have had on policy, legislative control in 2010 helped ensure congressional districts were favorably drawn to our allies. Realizing that control of the states not only has a strong impact on individual voters but, once every ten years, also impacts the federal map has led the left to exponentially increase their state level efforts. This blatant attempt to take back state legislatures for the purpose of securing a congressional majority and a larger federal government must be stopped.
Strong state investments are crucial to policy-oriented progress at both the state and federal levels. We must continue to effectively invest in our state infrastructures as well as state based policy initiatives in order to ensure that we build a strong bench of future federal candidates, have a strong impact on state level legislation, and prevent the ten-year growth of an ever-larger federal government through strategic redistricting. As the progressive left begins to increase its state level spending many of our allies and organizations will have to contend with resources and opponents they haven’t previously faced and they aren’t equipped to defeat. By efficiently providing these allies with the support, strategy, and infrastructure necessary to grow we will be able to help push back against a state-based progressive agenda.
In 2012, Liberty For All invested approximately $692,958 into Kerry Bentivolio’s multiple campaigns. With our help we were able to take Kerry from decided underdog to the winner of two elections.
Quickly upon arrival, Kerry sought to forge a moderate path that would stave off a primary challenger. Not only did this lead to a shoddy voting record, including votes to re-authorize the NDAA and a switched vote on the floor to save the Boehner budget, but his plan didn’t work.
Our victory turned out to be a pyrrhic one. In 2014, Kerry Bentivolio was promptly challenged and defeated in the GOP primary 66% to 34% by establishment-backed David Trott. Kerry Bentivolio was a $692,000+ mistake: and unlike other groups that lost in the primaries we actually WON that election.
This loss taught us an important lesson: we have to increase the number of viable candidates running for Congress so our members don’t make such easy targets. Moreover, the liberty movement can’t afford to continue making multi-million dollar mistakes.
While there were plenty of groups focusing on federal races – no liberty oriented group was attempting to x this problem at the root and until we do, the establishment will focus their resources on primarying our successes and we will have to marshall all of our money, once again, to fight functionally the same battles as the previous cycle.
But there is a better way – there is a direct pipeline to congress and a cost-effective way to get there. While other ... continue reading »