Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams could be facing some serious headwinds as she heads into the final day before elections that will determine whether the Democrats will be able to win by exploiting anger toward President Trump.
The 44-year-old firebrand is one of the new breed of Democrats who have sought to tap into the resentment of capitalism and the exploitation of identity politics in order to gain control of a party that in the post-Obama era, lacks a clear leadership figure.
Abrams is not only an advocate for what can only be called gun confiscation but was one of the co-sponsors of a controversial state bill that would have declared a number of commonly owned firearms as “contraband” and would have required state law enforcement to seize the weapons from owners who would have been law-abiding citizens until HB 731 decreed that they were criminals.
On Sunday morning’s CNN “State Of The Union” where Abrams was given a nationally televised platform to make her closing arguments for her election she was pressed by Jake Tapper over her support for disarming the populace and when pressed, refused to give a straight answer.
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From the transcript:
JAKE TAPPER: Let’s talk about gun policy. When you were a state lawmaker in 2016, you co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed Georgia state authorities to take away so-called assault weapons from current gun owners. Most similar bans would grandfather in existing weapons of that sort: semi-automatic rifles that are called assault weapons. So is that your current position, that law-abiding gun owners in Georgia should have to give up those weapons, if authorities deem it necessary?
STACEY ABRAMS: In the state of Georgia, you introduce legislation to start conversations.
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TAPPER: Well, just to be clear, you were one of six co-sponsors of this bill, House bill 731, introduced January 11th, 2016. Not that long ago. Your co-sponsor told reporters that the law, quote, would require gun owners of these particular models to turn their guns in.
ABRAMS: And again, my point is this. The legislation introduced was the beginning of a conversation.
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TAPPER: Well, just to be clear here, I’m just trying to understand. So you don’t support the actual legislation, you just support having a conversation about it?
ABRAMS: No, what I’ve said is, legislation in the state legislature is about starting the conversation . . . My mission in 2016 was to be a part of the conversation. I believe that we have to ban assault weapons in the state of Georgia. But what I’m saying is, as part of my leadership, I’m going to work across the aisle, and we’re going to have a conversation about how we accomplish this.
Unfortunately, Tapper didn’t bother to ask Abrams about whether her anti-gun stance applied to several members of the extremist New Black Panther party who campaigned for her over the weekend by openly carrying the same guns that her bill would outlaw.
Like her fellow “rock stars” Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum, Abrams has been able to capitalize on friendly coverage by the media, support from out of state groups and the hope that younger voters will embrace their decidedly radical ideas such as open borders, socialism and disregard for the Second Amendment.
And while such views are a big hit with her national constituency, they may not sell quite as well in a deep red state like Georgia.
We’ll find out tomorrow.
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) November 5, 2018