County Republican Party censures Sen. Mitch McConnell

County Republican Party censures Sen. Mitch McConnell
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Sen. Mitch McConnell has kept a lot of gun control from passing. That’s a very good thing and I’ve given him well-deserved kudos for doing so.

But you all know how it goes. It only takes one “aw crap” to erase a whole lot of “atta boys,” and McConnell has one great big “aw crap” to his name.

And at least one county party in his home state has decided to censure him over it.

The Republican Party of Jessamine County censured Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Wednesday for his support of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act ― the most significant piece of gun legislation in three decades.

In its censure resolution, the Jessamine County Republican Party said the bill McConnell helped pass June 24 violates the Second, Fifth and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. In a statement, county Republican Party spokesperson Bob Barney called on other Kentucky county Republican Parties to also vote to censure McConnell.

The resolution called on McConnell to resign as Senate Republican leader and said the Jessamine County Republican Party “shall cease any and all support of him.”

“Senator Mitch McConnell was the only Republican member of Kentucky’s congressional delegation to support this dangerous and unconstitutional gun control,” the resolution said. “There is no excuse for any elected Republican to work with Democrats to undermine our constitutional rights.”

When asked for comment, McConnell’s office referred reporters to a statement released last month following the Bruen decision supporting the new law, stating that there were no new bans, mandates, or anything else.

In other words, the official line is that it could have been worse, so stop your yapping.

Now, I’ve argued that the bill was pretty light, all things considered, much like McConnell seems to be. However, where I and the senator differ is in the fact that it doesn’t matter if it’s minor gun control or not, it’s still gun control.

Second Amendment supporters drew a line in the sand long ago and said, “No more.” We aren’t willing to compromise our rights away when it’s clear that nothing less than everything will ultimately satisfy the anti-gun zealots.

Just this small compromise has emboldened these same people.

Now, with all that said, it’s unlikely this censure will actually do much of anything. Jessamine County isn’t exactly a booming metropolis, nor is it a heavily-populated yet rural county that can create a significant problem for McConnell. The total population of the county is a little over 52,000 people and many of those are unlikely to care what the county party thinks of the incumbent.

That’s a shame, though, because I’d love to see McConnell primaried after this and get the opportunity to enjoy retirement sooner than he may have planned.

However, it’s also worth noting that the censure is only one group expressing their displeasure. There are likely to be a lot more county parties that are less than pleased with McConnell. In fact, it may be enough that a primary opponent might find himself with far more support than he might otherwise reasonably expect.

And, frankly, I’m here for it.

After all, the reason it only takes one “aw crap” to erase “atta boys” is because those “aw craps” create long-lasting problems for everyone.