The Next Big Gun Fight: Stopping 8 Million New Anti-gun Voters
“[A] Pew poll suggests that
illegal immigrants, if given citizenship, would vote for liberal,
anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.” - GOA’s Erich Pratt,
commenting on Pew poll findings as reported in The Washington Post
Next Wednesday, the House Republican leadership will announce a
set of "principles" for immigration reform. Supposedly, if these
"principles" are not well-received, the House will shelve the issue for
the remainder of the year.
To be blunt: The health of the Second Amendment relies on demolishing these "principles."
Immigration reform will add over 8,000,000 anti-gun voters to
the voting rolls. There may be as many as 11.5 million persons
illegally in the United States. And, a Pew poll from last year
indicated that if illegal immigrants were given citizenship, they would
vote for liberal, anti-gun candidates by an 8-to-1 margin.
This is exactly what happened to California -- which was once a
Red State. Because of the Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty bill of 1986, the
state lurched violently to the left and now can’t pass gun control
restrictions fast enough.
If this were to happen at the national level, we would lose the
ability to stop massive gun bans and gun registration schemes. And all
of this occurs at a time when a Fox poll shows the American people
oppose Obama’s immigration policies by a margin of 36% to 54%.
The first reality is this: If the House passes ANYTHING, the
Senate will tack on its amnesty bill and send it to conference. And the
national conversation will turn off of ObamaCare and onto immigration.
And guess what? Every gun-hating institution which moved
heaven and earth to pass gun control will move heaven and earth to get
the House to retreat -- if not to a "pathway to citizenship," to a
"pathway to legalization."
They will have created the biggest and most motivated
Obama-loving movement in the country -- devoted to electing anti-gun
politicians and retaining Harry Reid's control of the Senate.
What will Republicans get, in exchange for creating an army of pro-Obama election warriors?
Very little. (Be sure to read GOA legislative counsel Michael Hammond’s analysis
, which shows, in great detail, how the Republican leadership’s “principles” will end up back-firing on gun owners.)
The bottom line is that there is a reason why Barack Obama and
his "puppet press" have been campaigning for a year to force the
Republican House to wade into "immigration reform." It is nothing but
benefits for anti-gun politicians, and nothing but pain for pro-gun
Who would be stupid enough to inflict that level of pain on themselves?