Hoeven Goes Wobbly On Gun Control: “I’m Going To Have To See”


It’s no secret that Heidi Heitkamp, despite touting her “A-rating” from the NRA, is wobbly on gun rights issues. Unfortunately, North Dakota’s other Senator John Hoeven hasn’t exactly been outspoken in his support of gun rights either.

On January 4th Hoeven appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal program and was asked about his position on gun control. In his answer, Hoeven tried to deflect the question by going off on a tangent about mental health, but host Steven Scully was having none of it and asked the Senator again what his position would be on gun control.

“Would you support any restrictions on these high-power rifles and magazine clips…used in these most recent shootings in 2012?” asked Scully.

“I’m going to have to see what the solutions and recommendations are.”

That answer was bad enough, but later in the program a viewer responding via Twitter said Hoeven hadn’t answered the question directly. Again, Scully asked Hoeven if he’d be supportive of new gun control laws, and again Hoeven was something less than forthcoming in his answer:

Is Hoeven likely to be a leader in calling for more restrictions on gun rights? Probably not. Say what you want about Hoeven, but he’s politically astute, and isn’t about to let his gun-loving constituency see him out in front on that sort of legislation.

Is Hoeven a wobbly vote that might come down on the side of gun control in the right circumstances? That seems to be the case, which is extremely disappointing.

Maybe Hoeven didn’t want to tarnish his “moderate” credentials on a DC-based program, but those who advocate for the 2nd amendment as Hoeven claims to (he did mention that he’s an NRA member) should be prepared to articulate why gun rights are important, and why restrictions on gun rights have little impact on crime.

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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  • Hal736

    Disappointing from Hoeven. Any word from Cramer on this issue?

    • Artie

      Cramer said many times during the campaign that he will be “rock solid” on conservative issues. We’ll see if that’s true or if it was just a campaign slogan.

    • nimrod

      I don’t think we have to worry about Cramer.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Here’s Cramer: “Not only does the idea of banning firearms violate basic rights, it contradicts common sense. Increasing government restrictions and regulations on gun-owners infringes upon innocent citizens’ rights to self-protection and constitutes a waste of limited government resources, since criminals obtain firearms without complying with such requirements.”


      • camsaure

        If not for Cramer, we would have a repeat of the “three stooges era”. It is obvious that Horeven and Hidey-Ho do not really believe in the second ammendment or they would be able to answer such questions promptly and with passion.

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        Cramer is the only true conservative representing us right now.

  • sbark

    Another moderate to put in the non-existent book entitled Great Moderates in USA History.

    Nobody bothers to study why our Founders placed the 2nd Amendment—it wasnt for hunting and self defense was really even an secondary reason.—Could Hoeven pass a 5th grade civics test?

    Here is Russia’s Pravda telling the USA citizens not to give an inch on the 2nd Amend.
    They been thru history—170 million have died because of Liberalisms taking away gun rights just in the last century–Sandy Hook gave them what they wanted to have from Fast and Furious

    …..imagine—USA citizens having to take advice from Pravda…..

  • captornado

    Not surprising at all. He is after all, a democrat.

    • RCND

      He’s the worst kind of democrat… one that claims to be a republican only so he can get elected in ND. Kinda like our current Gov and AG

      • two_amber_lamps

        That definition fits BOTH of our senators….

  • kevindf

    “Wobbly” is Hoeven’s middle name.

    • NDConservative2011

      I could think of a stronger middle name, but for now I will just use “WIMP”.

  • Roy_Bean

    Hoeven may be a moderate but he’s a politician above all else. His phone needs to ring off the hook today. Call him, tell your friends to call him, tell strangers to call him. If he votes the way the wind blows then let’s get it blowing the Right direction.

  • VocalYokel

    Hoeven…poster boy of the RINO invertebrates.

  • What the heck
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    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      First I’ve heard about a “secret trip” being reported in the Washington Post.


      • guest

        hehe I never heard about a “secret trip” being reported either :) Chalk another one up to the North Dakota lamestream media! Did you notice the China trip was in April 2011? That’s around the same time Dickinson State University issues were beginning to trickle out. How can these media outlets in North Dakota have the gaul to call themselves news organizations? All they do is fluff stories and pr. They don’t ask questions and never dive into real stories.

  • two_amber_lamps

    Semi-automatic rifle vs. ASSAULT RIFLE.

    Or should I say LEFTIST ANTI-GUN DOG WHISTLE 101….

    Glad this guy’s on our side.


  • Vugg

    maybe this will be john’s chance to retire if he wants to rejoins obama’s dumocrats.