The bipartisan post-presidential election glow didn’t last long.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell launched a campaign over the weekend to influence Kentucky voters to resist President Barack Obama’s recommendations to reduce gun violence.
That move was picked up by the national media including MSNBC:
The top Republican in the Senate marked the weekend of the inauguration by having his campaign send out a hysterical email warning supporters that President Obama and the “gun-grabbers” in Congress are “are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment.” The email, sent Sunday by Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, tells gun-rights backers they’re “literally surrounded” by those who want to take their guns away.
Missed by the media is the fact McConnell’s campaign also launched a robocall featuring McConnell’s voice on Sunday afternoon.
McConnell’s robocall transcript from robocall voicemail McConnell’s campaign left for many Kentucky voters Sunday, January 20, 2013:
Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Hello this is Senator Mitch McConnell. In the wake of the deplorable acts of the Sandy Hook shooting, there’s been rigorous debate about your individual right to own guns. President Obama and his team are doing everything in their power to restrict your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Their efforts to restrict your rights, invading your personal privacy, and overstepping their authority with executive orders, is just plain wrong. I want you to know that I will be doing everything in my power as senate Republican leader, fighting tooth and nail, to protect your 2nd amendment rights so that law-abiding Kentuckians such as yourself can properly and adequately protect yourself, your family and your country. Thank you” Narrator: “This call is paid for by McConnell for Senate.”
Here’s the McConnell’s email blast, first reported by Joe Sonka at LEO Weekly:
You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights.
On your freedom. Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns. My friend, our freedom is under direct assault.
From those who want take your guns. From those who want to shred our Constitution, and as our good in friend Rand Paul from Kentucky says, from those who want to be King. Let me tell you, Mitch McConnell is ready to lead the fight to protect your rights.
Will you stand with Mitch today?
Our Founders fought a revolution to secure our rights. They would have been appalled by what they heard from an American president the other day. President Obama has the left wing media in a frenzy. And, like his old Chief of Staff, he is determined to not waste a crisis.
The gun-grabbers are in full battle mode. And they are serious.
What’s at stake?
There are almost too many schemes to list. But President Obama’s worst center around:
-The Feinstein Gun Ban, which will criminalize firearms by how they look.
-A thinly-veiled national gun registration scheme hidden under the guise of “background checks” to ensure federal government minders gain every bureaucratic tool they need for full-scale confiscation.
-An outright BAN on magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
-And that’s not even close to the end of it.
23 new Executive Orders.
It is almost hard to believe the sheer breadth and brazenness of this attempt to gut our Constitution.
Well, Mitch McConnell is not going to stand aside. Mitch McConnell will stand and fight. He will lead the Senate Republicans against this unconstitutional agenda, and with your help, we will prevail.
But Mitch can’t do it alone.
That’s why I am asking you to sign the attached Defense of the Second Amendment pledge today to show that you stand with me in this vital fight.
Friend, from his very first run for office, Leader McConnell has always stood strong for your gun rights. Like you and me, he firmly believes that the Second Amendment protects YOU as an individual. And, he absolutely will not let president Obama or the Senate Democrats take that right away from us.
So please help him fight back today.
Campaign Manager, Sen. Mitch McConnell
P.S. President Obama and his allies are committed to eroding your Constitutional freedoms. Please sign your pledge TODAY to let him know that we stand with Mitch McConnell in opposing this gun grab.”