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Gun control activists line up to re-elect Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate

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NEW YORK – This week, gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Giffords PAC announced their support for Democrat Dick Durbin from Illinois to be re-elected to a fifth six-year term. Earlier this year, Durbin received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction, a prerequisite for being considered for Everytown's endorsement. 

"As Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin has been a long-time advocate for common-sense gun safety legislation and stood up to the NRA and its dangerous agenda. Durbin supports federal legislation to require background checks on all gun sales and  strong red flag legislation," Everytown's press release said. 

“Time and again, Senator Dick Durbin has stood up to the gun lobby and pushed for laws to keep American families safe from gun violence,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “He has proven through his actions that he will put public safety ahead of gun lobby priorities, and Everytown is proud to support his reelection campaign.”

“Senator Dick Durbin has long fought for common-sense gun safety laws, while standing up against the NRA and its dangerous agenda,” said Elly Hanauer, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action. “From now through November, we’ll work tirelessly to send him back to Washington."  

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Victory Fund plans to spend at least $60 million on the 2020 elections — double what they spent during the 2018 elections, and more than any gun safety opponent, including the NRA, reported spending on the 2016 elections.

The Giffords PAC used the endorsement as an opportunity to raise funds to support candidates that want more gun control. 

"I'm proud that Giffords PAC has endorsed Dick Durbin for re-election. Dick is a proven champion on gun safety and we must help send him back to the U.S. Senate in 2020," former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords wrote in an email.

She emphasized the need for Democrats to gain majority in the U.S. Senate – which would require Durbin winning re-election despite a challenge by former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, a Republican.

"If we want to see our gun laws change, we need to flip the Senate. That includes holding onto Illinois and re-electing Dick Durbin, a tireless ally in the fight to make our communities safer from gun violence."

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dick Durbin’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens is noteworthy. Exactly how that would disarm criminals is questionable. For that matter, how does an ordinary citizen defend against an invader or invaders armed with ball bats and crowbars, or even fists and feet?
    If Durbin has his way with guns what’s next, blunted kitchen knives (as in Great Britain) and balsa wood bludgeons?

  2. May the Federal Government Lawfully Make ANY Restrictions on Our Guns & Ammo? NO WAY! When you look at it from the perspective of limiting the federal government to its “enumerated powers”, it all becomes very easy and clear. We haven’t been looking at it this way because we are so ignorant of our Constitution that we don’t know that it delegates “enumerated powers” only to the federal government.
    The Truth is, that when WE THE PEOPLE “created” the federal government, we itemized (“enumerated”) in the Constitution all the powers WE delegated to it. We nowhere delegated to any branch of the federal government power to restrict, infringe, etc., guns, ammo, etc.
    So any federal laws or BATF rules for the Country at large which purport to restrict, infringe, etc., guns or ammo, are unconstitutional as outside the scope of the powers delegated to the federal government in Our Constitution. Do you NOW see why you must point to The Declaration of Independence (2nd para) and assert that your right to keep and bear arms – to self-defense – comes from GOD and is Unalienable?
    The federal government has only “enumerated powers”. NOWHERE in the Constitution did we delegate to the federal government authority to impose ANY restrictions on guns, ammo, etc. They violate Our Constitution when they impose these restrictions. Obey the law Senator Durbin

  3. Restrict gun ownership to the police.
    OOPS! Excuse me!
    There won’t BE any police, as they will be “defunded.”
    Lord, these people are stupid jackasses.
    Remember, the jackass IS the symbol of the Democrat Party.