Next Tuesday is Election Day, Part II in the state of Georgia, and by all accounts it looks like both of the U.S. Senate races are going to come down to the wire. On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, we get an inside look at the Second Amendment ground game in the state with my guest Tim Knight, a longtime 2A activist who’s been knocking on doors and talking to voters across the state over the past several weeks.
Knight says that the vast majority of the gun owners he’s spoken with in his volunteer efforts have been well aware of the anti-gun attitudes of both Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The Democrats are downplaying their support for gun control while on the campaign trail, and the media’s more interested in covering up the candidates’ position on things like Joe Biden’s gun ban and “buyback” than they are in actually covering what the candidates think, but from what Knight has seen gun owners in Georgia are doing a good job of talking with friends, family, and neighbors about things like Warnock’s ridicule for the right to carry and Ossoff’s embrace of a gun ban.
Even new gun owners seem to understand what’s at stake in this election. Tim Knight describes meeting a mother and daughter who bought their first firearms about six months ago and have more recently been going through the process of obtaining their concealed carry licenses. Knight says the daughter, in her mid-to-late 20s, told him that her personal security is important to her, and after buying a gun she now sees the importance of protecting the Second Amendment as well.
Turnout on both sides of the aisle is expected to be far higher than a normal special election, but Knight’s seen at least anecdotal evidence that not every Joe Biden voter is a lock for the Democrats this time around. In the Atlanta suburbs Knight says he spoke to several voters who actually cast their ballot for Joe Biden, but want to see Republicans control the Senate to serve as a check on the Democrats’ power.
The veteran 2A activist says he wasn’t there to debate voters, but to mobilize them, so he didn’t get into a discussion about why someone who cares about their right to keep and bear arms would vote for Biden in the first place, but I’m curious to know just how large this voting bloc might be.
I haven’t paid much attention to the polling in Georgia since the election, because I’m not sure it matters all that much. The runoff elections were close, and there’s no reason to believe that it’ll be any different this time around. One good sign, according to Knight, is that he only ran across a single voter in hundreds of contacts who said that they weren’t planning on casting a ballot because they thought the presidential election was stolen.
Knight says that almost everyone he spoke to was concerned about election security, but besides that one lone voter none of them were planning on protesting the November election results by staying home next Tuesday, which they know would guarantee a Democratic sweep.
The door-knocking will continue right up until Election Day, with the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America each running their own grassroots get-out-the-vote efforts. The NRA is also on the air, in mailboxes, and online with their messaging; spending at least $4.5-million during the runoff period in support of Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
The gun vote in Georgia is knowledgable about the issues and aware of the consequences of Democrat victories, according to Knight. Second Amendment voters aren’t just concerned about the potential for Biden’s gun ban and other gun control bills to be rammed through Congress; they’re also worried about attempts to add more anti-gun justices to the Supreme Court, and they know that if Republicans keep the Senate majority that’s off the table for at least two years.
I appreciate Tim joining me on the show today, and if you’re also a part of the grassroots effort to get out the gun vote in Georgia, I’d like to thank you on behalf of gun owners everywhere. Your senate elections could have a huge impact on all of our Second Amendment rights, and I’m heartened by what Tim has to say about the 2A community in Georgia and next week’s elections.