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Mike Espy on Gun Control

 

 


I believe in the Second Amendment, but things have changed

Q: Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Mike Espy (D): Yes, up to a point. "I believe in the Second Amendment. but things have changed." No assault weapons to anyone under 21 or "declared a danger to himself or others."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): No. Says, "Right to bear arms is essential to American Liberty. No law-abiding Mississippian should EVER be denied their constitutional rights."

Chris McDaniel (R): No. Will never take away rights of law-abiding gun-owners.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election , Oct 9, 2018

Won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award

Espy, who once won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award and endorsed the re-election of Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007, has a record as agriculture secretary and as a moderate who sometimes bucked his party when he served in the House of Representatives.

"In my platform I'm saying 'I'm a Democrat yes, but I'm not only a Democrat,'" he said. "I place the state ahead of the party...everything that comes down is not something that I'm necessarily going to vote for lock, stock and barrel with my party."

Being a candidate in "the sensible middle" helps create a plausible, but undeniably challenging, path to the runoff and to Capitol Hill, Espy said.

Source: McClatchyDC.com on 2018 MS Senate special election , Sep 12, 2018

Won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award

Espy, who once won the National Rifle Association's "silver rifle" award and endorsed the re-election of Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007, has a record as agriculture secretary and as a moderate who sometimes bucked his party when he served in the House of Representatives.

"In my platform I'm saying `I'm a Democrat yes, but I'm not only a Democrat,'" he said. "I place the state ahead of the party...everything that comes down is not something that I'm necessarily going to vote for lock, stock and barrel with my party."

Being a candidate in "the sensible middle" helps create a plausible, but undeniably challenging, path to the runoff and to Capitol Hill, Espy said.

Source: McClatchyDC.com on 2018 MS Senate Special Election , Sep 12, 2018

Appeared in advertisement in support of NRA

I have just read about Rep. Espy being the first federal lawmaker to appear in a NRA ad and I find it appalling. The NRA has opposed every possible legal control over the sale and use of guns and ammunition. The organization's displeasure with any restriction, no matter how prudent or innocuous, is damaging, because it will ultimately result in greater restrictions. The NRA's position has even alienated sportsmen, policemen and individuals who formerly thought the NRA had something to offer.
Source: Washington Post OpEd on 2018 MS Senate Special Election , Feb 10, 1989

Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey.

Espy supports the CC survey question on Second Amendment

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Further Restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-10 on Jul 1, 2018

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