Heidi Heitkamp Isn’t Against Gun Control


Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been getting a lot of attention from pro-gun folks because she called the President’s gun control proposals “extreme.” My contention, though, based on Heitkamp’s comments in context is that she’s just posturing. She’s not against gun control. She’s just against being perceived as anti-gun.

As proof, there’s this response from Heitkamp’s office to criticism I wrote about earlier today from an anti-gun group:

Senator Heitkamp believes the discussion and ultimate solution to these mass violence tragedies must go beyond a singular focus on gun laws, and that the discussion must examine mental health, school security, and community development to help parents identify and address children potentially suffering from mental illness. Senator Heitkamp has clearly stated that all options must be on the table when it comes to addressing gun violence in America.

Heitkamp is saying that the solution to “mass violence” (which, remember, is declining) isn’t just gun control. It’s gun control, plus a lot of other stuff.

I think we can all count on Heitkamp being a reliable vote for gun control for Democrats, limited only to the degree Heitkamp doesn’t want to be perceived as anti-gun by her North Dakota constituency. Meaning Heitkamp will be a lot more anti-gun here at the beginning of her 6-year term than in, say, four or five years when voters are more likely to remember her actions.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Note to press secretaries: If your goal is clarity, don’t start your statement with a 47-word sentence.
    Now, if your goal is to obfuscate…

    • sbark

      ……if she just had Obama’s speaking skills……..and a telepromptor….

      • kevindf

        She hasn’t figured out which camera to look into yet.

  • V Bienek

    We will help the public remember so she doesn’t get past goal on this one.

  • OldConserv2011

    examine mental health, school security, and community development …. ?? Really? It’s not enough to give a meaningless answer to the question at hand, but she’s definitely making it clear that she’s all for taking more taxpayer money and pouring it into more crony capitalism and meaningless growing government programs. No surprises though.

    • kevindf

      And plenty of money for her fellow government shysters.

  • Stuart

    I am willing to put money on Heidi being in lock step with Pesident Obama on the issues of ammunition clips and the definition of what an assault Weapon includes. Even semi-automatic weapons will be in this lock step agreement. But she will say differently to the MSM.

  • Stuart

    Clips or magazines ,it’s not as if the two word don’t connote the same meaning. It’s not as if combat assault weapon look a likes are the same as automatic weapons
    like AK-47’s

    Ammunition clips..ammunition clips

  • Stuart

    I thought I’d check Wikipedia ,Cabelas and other sites for ammo clips. Yup I found the name used at these sites. Funny how we try to correct one another when we don’t know what we are talking about. 308t that would be small t t would it not?

  • metismick

    I can see it now. Mental health testing with questions like this: “Do your parents own firearms?”

  • $8194357

    White woman from DC speak with forked tonque?