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Democratic infighting over guns


I'm honestly not sure what to make of this.  We have a special election in Illinois to fill an open seat, and party primaries to select the candidates.   One of the Democratic candidates is pro-gun enough to have received an endorsement from the NRA in 2010.  She's running on opposition to the assault weapons ban and standard capacity magazine ban, but supports expanded background checks.
"If you can tell me that banning another gun will go after the criminals, I'd be all for it. I'd be for anything that stopped the killing and gets guns out of the hands of criminals, but it won't work. (Chicago's) Cook County has had an assault weapons ban since 1993 and they have the highest murder rate in the country," she told The Hill. 

"That's why I refuse to just say I'm for it, knowing in my heart it's not going to work. It would have saved me a lot of grief, there wouldn't be all this money going against me, but I've been an elected official too long and I know too much. I know that won't work."

It will be interesting to see the results of this race.  Are there enough pro-gun voters in a Democratic primary in Illinois to make a difference?

More details at Legal Insurrection.

This entry was published 2013-02-15 06:38:53.0 by matthew@triggerfinger.org and last updated 2013-02-15 06:38:53.0. [Tweet]

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