Gun Rights a Hot Election Issue
Krey, Patrick, The New American
Pennsylvania: Prior to the November election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato received the endorsement of Pennsylvania's leading anti-gun organization, CeaseFire PA, based on his firm stance against the so-called "Castle Doctrine" bill, WHYY reported. The Castle Doctrine refers to the legal right of homeowners to defend themselves in their homes. The bill in question would broaden the definition of property beyond just the interior of a home and remove the duty to retreat.
Onorato's opponent, Republican Tom Corbett, took the opposing stance, telling supporters that, "I would sign it. This has been hotly debated throughout the legislature, It deals with somebody using weapons for self-defense. ... It clarifies what really are existing rules out there in many court cases. But it puts it into statute." The stance didn't hurt Corbett as he won the election handily.
West Virginia: In his bid to enter the U.S. Senate, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin made a concerted effort to distance himself from the increasingly unpopular Democratic Party. Of course, when it comes to elections and politicians desperately seeking votes, the fair weather friends of gun rights will enthusiastically scream from the rooftops about their strong support for the Second Amendment if they think they'll gain some votes. …