For gun owners, one of the biggest problems in politics today is that there are people who campaign on a pro-gun platform but, then, don’t follow through with that platform when in office. Because Democrats almost never campaign on a pro-gun platform these days, we’re effectively only talking talking about hypocrites running as Republicans with this problem.
Many people call these Republicans RINOs: Republican In Name Only. One pro-2A group recently called RINOs who voted for gun control “turncoats.” Michael Clements writes,
Gun Owners of America (GOA), the Virginia-based Second Amendment rights advocacy group, issued a scathing rebuke of the 18 Republican senators who voted for the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
In a Dec. 22 press release, GOA accused the group of advancing the Biden administration’s anti-gun agenda.
“Unfortunately, 12 gun-control items just passed the Senate with the help of these 18 Republican turncoats,” the press release states.
The Republicans who voted for the bill are Sen. Roy Blount, Missouri; Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia; Sen. Susan Collins, Maine; Sen. John Cornyn, Texas; Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas; Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma; Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky; Sen. Jerry Moran, Kansas; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio; Sen. Mitt Romney, Utah; Sen. Mike Rounds, South Dakota; Sen, Richard Shelby, Alabama; Sen. John Thune, South Dakota; Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi; and Sen. Todd Young, Indiana.
GOA is right. What else do you call someone who said that they supported your values, even campaigned on them, then, voted specifically against your values? Turncoats seems a good description. Hypocrites seems like another good term for them.
No matter what term that you use, it’s clear that those eighteen Senators don’t value your Constitutional rights and don’t take their oath of office seriously which includes swearing to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Supporting a limitation on the abundantly clear Second Amendment is clearly not supporting or defending the Constitution, and these turncoats should be both removed from office and barred from ever holding public office again.