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Gun rights a hot election issue.

Pennsylvania: Prior to the November election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato received the endorsement of Pennsylvania's leading anti-gun organization, CeaseFire PA, based on his firm stance against the so-called "Castle Doctrine" bill, WHYY reported. The Castle Doctrine refers to the legal right of homeowners to defend themselves in their homes. The bill in question would broaden the definition of property beyond just the interior of a home and remove the duty to retreat.


Onorato's opponent, Republican Tom Corbett, took the opposing stance, telling supporters that, "I would sign it. This has been hotly debated throughout the legislature, It deals with somebody using weapons for self-defense. ... It clarifies what really are existing rules out there in many court cases. But it puts it into statute." The stance didn't hurt Corbett as he won the election handily.

West Virginia: In his bid to enter the U.S. Senate, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin made a concerted effort to distance himself from the increasingly unpopular Democratic Party. Of course, when it comes to elections and politicians desperately seeking votes, the fair weather friends of gun rights will enthusiastically scream from the rooftops about their strong support for the Second Amendment if they think they'll gain some votes.

In campaign ads, Manchin proudly touted his endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA), but Manchin contended that it's not only the gun issue that separates him from the rest of the liberal pack within his party. In order to illustrate his firm opposition to the Democrats' planned "cap and trade" legislation, one television ad featured Manchin firing a rifle into a packet of papers that served as a stand-in for the proposed legislation. The tactic was not well received by fellow Democrats from the national committee, but Manchin was more concerned if it would resonate with voters. Manchin's antics apparently paid off as he too won his election.

Tennessee: Over in Nashville, guns became a central issue in the gubernatorial race when Republican nominee Bill Haslam said he would sign into law a bill removing the requirement to get a permit for concealed carry. The Democratic opponent, Mike McWherter, jumped on this with the usual gun-control talking points that ignore the fact that violent criminals don't obey gun laws in the first place. Once again, the candidate with a strong stance in favor of gun rights came out on top as Haslam won the election.

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Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 22, 2010
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