Anti-Gun Group Runs Ads: “Shame On You Senator Heidi Heitkamp”


To me Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s recent comments about gun control were just more of the blatant posturing of a left-wing politician desperate to ingratiate herself with a center-right constituency that we’ve come to expect from her. Heitkamp held on to a Senate seat Democrats have held since 1960 by the slimmest of margins.

She knows what the score is, but if you listened to her words in context Heitkamp (ever the savvy lawyer) gave herself plenty of wiggle room. Heitkamp calling Obama’s proposals for gun control (which he hasn’t even really made yet) “extreme” is what got headlines, but she didn’t rule out gun control. She said everything should be “on the table.”

Including, you know, gun control. If Democrats need Heitkamp’s vote to pass a new assault weapons ban they’ll almost certainly get it.

But perception is reality in politics, and right now the anti-gun left views Heitkamp as a threat. And so they’re retaliating:

WASHINGTON — Gun control advocates are launching a hard-hitting series of ads on Tuesday targeting newly elected Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who has criticized gun law reforms.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will run advertisements in the Washington publications Politico and Roll Call in addition to North Dakota newspapers, calling out Heitkamp for criticizing comprehensive gun control reform.

“No parent should have to send their children to school wondering if they will come home,” the ad reads. “Shame on you, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for telling the country on Sunday that the Obama Administration’s response to Newtown — which may include universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines — is “extreme.”

You can see the ad before, which is the usual pile of hyperbolic nonsense that we’ve come to expect from the anti-gun people. But, again, I don’t think the anti-gun people have anything to worry about.

Heitkamp will be with them, in action if not in words.


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  • camsaure

    Looks like it may not pass then, otherwise Hidey-Ho would not make such a “bold” statement.

  • Rick Olson

    It looks like Heidi’s already mastered the art of talking the talk. As we expected, she’ll say anything here at home to stay in favor of the center-right constituency back here in North Dakota. Then she’ll say and do the opposite when she’s on Capitol Hill.

    • borborygmi

      What has she done already that is opposite of what she said? Geez Rick you are usually one of the saner ones on this board

      • Rick Olson

        That was my test for the day, and you passsed with flying colors! Congratulations!!

  • Roy_Bean

    The way this works is Liedi will now claim that she got all kinds of phone calls from North Dakota telling her to vote for gun control. And don’t bother to try to call, she will have the phone off the hook just like the 3 stooges did before the Obama care vote. I tried calling at all hours of the day and night and either got a busy signal or a message that the voice mail box was full until the day after the vote when Pomeroy’s office answered on the first ring.

  • slackwarerobert

    Obamas and bidens plan isn’t extreme, it is just stupid. The government has real assault weapons and armored vehicles. That alone is reason for me to have a mere semi with 30 rounds and armor piercing bullets. Let obama lead by example, his armed guards are violateing DC gun laws, and are carrying in schools. Disarm your hooker chasing falling down drunks fist, let your kids hide in the closet and wait for the cops, before you demand we do so. Any one who has a bad hand needs 30 rounds, anyone who has lot of holders people living near you needs more than 30 rounds. The only one who should decide what they need is the person using the weapon. If they are “military” weapons, then why does every alphabet agency in washington have them? The second amendment is to protect me from washington, not ed shultz. And washington is using WMD’s on us now.

    • borborygmi

      Aside from the ridiculous rant what WMD’s are they using on us now

      • slackwarerobert

        Unmanned drone firing missiles. Take your missile outside where they can see it and see if they don’t charge you with having a weapon of mass destruction. They are going after the guy in Mass whos crime was making a drone even. But what ridiculous rant, you think obamas goons don’t violate DC gun laws and carry into schools? My police have armored humvee, obama has armored limo that can take a meteor impact. Just what do you suggest I use on that? And these “assault” weapons barely make it a fair fight. We need to repeal the federal gun laws and pass just one, no banning carrying unless it is 100%. If a cop has to disarm, and catches you with a gun, you get arrested and go to jail. Otherwise, everyone gets to carry. Why can’t the feds figure out I am me if I step 10 feet over a state line and buy a gun?

  • Clarence A. Herz

    No parent should have to watch their child murdered in the perceived safety of their own home.

    • slackwarerobert

      Tell obama to repeal reagan’s real assault weapon ban now!

      What happened to obamas campaign promise of manufacturing jobs here in america?

  • WOOF


  • Jonesy

    Running those ads in North Dakota will just make Heitkamp more popular here….

    • Rick Olson

      True enough. Look at what happened during the campaign.

      • borborygmi

        Yep it is probably that sneaky Heidi running the ads to gain further support and cement a second term.

  • schreib

    Heidi, I didn’t vote for you, but Good for you. You have the common sense that we expect of a North Dakotan. Californian Democrats should be put in a mental institute. We will not comply with the Marxist-led push for gun confiscation.

  • awfulorv

    We have, on the staffs of the FBI, and numerous police agencies hundreds, perhaps thousands, of frauds who call themselves Criminal Profilers. These phonies collect handsome paychecks and, on retirement, overly generous pensions, for perpetuating their con game on the American taxpayer. Why not set these charlatans on the task of profiling potential mass killers. If that’s what they claim to be able to do let them prove it. If not, fire their fat asses, and don’t give them a cushy retirement either.

  • borborygmi

    damned if she does , damned if she doesn’t, on another note I will bet that no one has legal guns taken away while President Obama is in office. Anytakers .

    • slackwarerobert

      Pay up, they already took that billionaires guns in NYC. That is why you do not register guns with government, they use it to come get your guns.

  • slackwarerobert

    And 100% of the skin heads support sending obama back to kenya. So what we are a constitutional republic. Amend the constitution, and then pay me for my property. But I warn you if a legal machine gun is in the 5 figures, an illegal assault weapon is going to run you in the 6 figures easily. So bring your obama coin.

  • Cindy Ewoniuk

    Thank you Heidi for representing law abiding citizens. I had very little faith in our congressional leaders after this last election. Standing up for our 2nd Amendment Rights makes me very proud to have you represent my voice in Washington.