Editor’s Notebook


by Gila Hayes

Used to be that the word “mid-terms” was one that struck fear into the hearts of students in institutions of higher learning. Now, it is cause for worry among freedom-loving people because without a presidential candidate on the ballot, mid-term elections attract lower voter turn out, and we really drop the ball by failing to vote to protect our freedoms.

The Washington Post has predicted that nearly $4 billion will be spent this year to sway opinions prior to Election Day. That may not be enough to move the youngest voters to participate, I’ve read, and that is, perhaps, because many 20-somethings lean toward more liberal politics at a time when the election may be favoring Republicans. Apathy or defeatism is certainly not limited to our nation’s younger voters, though. I understand: I’m tired of voting for the least odious alternative, too! Still, that does not mean that we can afford not to vote.

If your state has a race between Democrats and Republicans vying for a House or Senate seat in Washington, D.C., even if you are lukewarm on Republican politics, please understand the damage the President can wreak on gun owners if his party continues to control the Senate. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 80 and she looks pretty frail to me–will her Supreme Court seat come vacant before Obama departs Washington, D.C.? It if does, we’ll be praying we have enough friends in the Senate to keep the Supreme Court balanced between liberal and conservative leanings. And don’t trust the polls, some of which are predicting that Republicans will take back the Senate. Go and cast your vote for our rights, even if you’re being told it isn’t much of a contest.

Even states without serious challenges for the House or Senate seats–and thus little opportunity to be part of putting conservatives back in the driver’s seat–have other issues on the ballot that need our influence. In Washington State, for example, we are battling a barrage of lies and misinformation from promoters of Initiative 594 attempting to put severe limits on transfer of firearms from one lawful owner to another–and transfer doesn’t mean a change in ownership, either, it means allowing another to have control–no matter how brief–of a firearm.

Washington’s dueling initiatives have received a lot of publicity and may be to blame for that $4 million I mentioned earlier…well, not all of it, but with Bloomie and his buddies trying to impose gun control through big spending on Washington’s Initiative 594 campaign, liberals can no longer justifiably snark at the NRA for allegedly buying elections.

gunvoteIf the gun rights fight seems less crucial in your state, take a quick gander at the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s useful research tool at http://nssf.org/gunvote/capwiz.cfm?elections to be sure you understand issues on your ballot that may influence gun rights. Use the tidbits of information there to further research the issues before November 4th rolls around.

Understand the importance of casting your pro-gun ballot in this mid-term election. Cast your vote. Do not fail us.

[End of November 2014 eJournal.
Please return next month for our December edition.]