Montana’s junior Senator, Jon Tester, is putting his seat on the line with his support of Barack Obama. I covered it here before when he was actively pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes on Obama’s record. I was disappointed that he went so far to deny that Obama has an anti-gun history, and I still hope that NRA takes those things into account since it went far beyond a simple endorsement of your party’s nominee.
Now, Tester is being questioned about the likely future of gun control since it’s clear gun owners and those who had, until recently, only thought of being gun owners don’t quite believe all of those election promises.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he understands there are plenty of gun owners worried that there could be new gun control measures coming from Washington D.C.
But Tester says Wednesday that he doesn’t see it happening. …
But Tester says he would be really surprised if gun control cleared a Congress focused on other issues.
What should concern Montana residents is that in the same article, Tester doesn’t promise to oppose any gun control that either Obama or Pelosi pushes.Â He just says it’s a “pretty safe bet” that he probably wouldn’t support it.Â How about an absolutely safe bet, Senator?
It is true when he says there should be enough pro-gun votes in the House and Senate to stop any gun control from getting to Obama’s desk.Â But it’s also reasonable for people to be scared and to prepare for a grassroots battle with even some of the otherwise pro-gun Democrats.Â It hasn’t happened on gun control, but on other issues, Pelosi has been pretty successful at keeping the Blue Dogs quiet.Â Those who have battled her have been punished.Â But so far, she doesn’t seem to have overreached on issues the Blue Dog’s swing constituents are following closely.Â It is possible that with the new majorities, she may try to go too far expecting the Blue Dogs to give in like many have over the last two years.Â If she does or if Obama decides that gun control is an easy (and free!) issue to pick on when all of the other left-wing issues are complex and expensive, then Jon Tester will have egg on his face.