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Florida Students Vs. the NRA. Here’s Who Won.

November 8, 2018
By Jeff Fletcher – GUNPROPLUS.COM

For some, Tuesday’s midterm election was a godsend.  For others, voluminous air was let out of the balloon of hopeful promises.

Useful tools for more gun control to come out of the student March For Our Lives promise put the focus on recent mass shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a high school in Florida, an outdoor concert in Nevada and a church service in Texas. As early returns began flowing into eastern seaboard homes Tuesday night, hope began to disappear and anger prevailed. One Parkland, Florida student spurted out what was the likely emotion from many student activists: “I’m shaking with anger right now,” she said.

Using the epidemic of mass shootings as fodder for their support of Democrats Andrew Gillum for governor and Bill Nelson for yet another term as U.S. Senator, the young gun control supporters might have received the first check on their political emotions as they concentrated on television reports that Congressman Ron DeSantis, in a race for Governor, and former Florida Governor Rick Scott, running for a U.S. Senate seat, both Republicans who are supported by the National Rifle Association, beat their gun control rivals.

As if that weren’t enough, late voting results included victories by pro-gun candidates in a variety of states.  While there were gun control victories in lower level contests, those efforts appeared to fall short to overcome gun rights advocates in the House despite Democrats flipping that chamber from Republican control. Additionally, pro-gun conservative Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Speaking as a disappointed but still determined gun control advocate, Parkland student David Hogg, who has likened himself as the face of the gun rights resistance, took the defeat in stride. “Things didn’t necessarily go our way but we know that this is the start, that it’s going to be a long road,” he said on Wednesday. “The Florida elections were very close, which is encouraging. For us, the loss in Florida is a call to action.”

In Texas, Second Amendment champion Senator Ted Cruz outlasted Democrat Beto O’Rourke, while in Arkansas, Idaho, and Oklahoma victories were hailed by pro-gun supporters.

On the other side of the ledger gun control-backed forces claimed victories in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nevada.

The NRA made gains as the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, with major wins for Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee and Josh Hawley in Missouri, the upset winner of the contest that saw the defeat of Claire McCaskill, and Andy Barr in Kentucky.

Nancy Pelosi, who will likely return for another run as House Speaker, said her top priority in 2019 would be to introduce and pass an expanded background check bill for gun purchasers.

Meanwhile, Shannon Watts, mother of Moms who demand action, the gun control group backed by the financial support of billionaire Michael Bloomberg, took gun control victories in stride. “What we now know for sure is this: The intensity gap on guns has closed. Americans voting with gun violence in mind are voting for gun safety. The 2018 election outcomes have marked a new world order. Lawmakers will have to start proving that they’re acting to stop gun violence in order to keep their jobs.”

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