Podcast: Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards on the Election’s Impact on Gun Politics

The election is over, and it’s time to read the tea leaves.

That’s why I’m bringing Cam Edward from Bearing Arms back on the show to interpret the results. How did the races we were watching turn out? How much impact did guns have on them? How much impact will the election have on guns?

Cam says gun-rights advocates fared better than Republicans.

While Republicans couldn’t regain control of the Senate and appear to only have barely recaptured the House, gun-rights positions in ballot initiatives outperformed even popular Republican candidates on the same ballot. Additionally, key gubernatorial elections showed gun-rights candidates outperformed expectations.

Still, it wasn’t all good news for gun-rights advocates. The NRA lost much of its spending battle against the gun-control groups. And some officials who have made guns a major part of their public image, such as Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R.), faced surprise upsets or extremely close races.

Cam also sheds light on how the results might translate to real-world policy changes at the state and federal levels. Where are we likely to get new gun laws? Where is it unlikely?

Plus, Contributing Writer Jake Fogleman and I discuss a federal judge’s decision blocking New York’s gun-carry restrictions.

You can listen to the show on your favorite podcasting app or by clicking here. The entire episode is also available on our YouTube channel. Members get access to the show on Sunday, and it goes live for everyone else on Monday.

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3 Responses

  1. Your reporting and assessment of the difference between these District Courts – particularly in NY – is enlightening. I have certainly drawn some of my own conclusions, which I will not state publicly at this time. I believe that is your intent for us to make our own assessment. Thank you.

    1. Thank you. Yea, I’m not sure how long New York can keep up this idea they can enforce the law elsewhere in the state. We’ll see what that southern district judge does soon.

  2. I suspect I may get jumped here—I’m used to it—for identifying myself as such in a gun-oriented site, but I’m a member of the Liberal Gun Club. Yes, there is such a thing, and we tend to get some flac from what I have come to view as those who consider themselves more “pure” to 2A. I separate 2A from other conservative issues. I don’t feel that there is a mandate to be “all in” on conservative issues in order to support 2A.

    I truly appreciate Cam’s notion to reach out to liberal gun owners who, as I did, voted against OR 114. The fact that there may be disagreement on some issues doesn’t mean we can’t act together on others. Try us, we may surprise each other.

    I do not speak as a representative of the Liberal Gun Club, just as an individual member.

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