Yesterday, The Washington Times reported on the awkward position in which pro-gun control groups, like Gabby Giffords’ group, is putting at-risk Democratic candidates like U.S. Sen. Mark Udall. But, Udall’s record on Second Amendment rights has not always been so clear cut. From the article:
Political strategists warn that the gun issue posses too much of a risk for Democrats already struggling in those red and purple states. It threatens to stir up opposition among Second Amendment advocates who could swing a close election to the Republican candidate.
That analysis is probably accurate. To fend off calls that Udall is anti-gun, his campaign team offered this quote:
“Mark has long supported Colorado’s hunters, sportsmen, and gun owners,” he said. “Responsible gun ownership is part of our Western heritage, and Mark has always supported this through his work to expand public shooting ranges and his successful efforts to stop overbroad bans on common hunting rifles.”
Always, Team Udall? It wasn’t that long ago when Udall’s party left him flapping in the wind on an assault weapons ban – an overbroad ban on common hunting rifles. From our post in March 2013 when Senate Democrats abandoned their so-called assault weapons ban:
But Perlmutter wasn’t the only Colorado legislator who supported the assault weapons ban. Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Udall also told Fox31′s Eli Stokols that he supported the assault weapons ban back in January:
“I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society. We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.”
We only can imagine the conversations now between Udall and the Democrats who asked him to support their over-the-top bill and, then, left him twisting in the wind.
Is this another lie that could be a contender for Lie of the Year for Sen. Udall?