Senator McCaskill’s Gun Rights Stance Exposed
U.S. Senator of Missouri, Claire McCaskill is in a precarious spot. She’s a Democrat elected to statewide office in a state that Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points. She's constantly marketed herself as a moderate, and cannot afford to be seen as too much of a leftist, otherwise, she'll be voted out this November.
She can’t afford to be seen as anti-gun in a ruby red state like Missouri, so when the NRA handed her an “F” grade on her support of gun rights, she was quite upset. But any who are close to the Senator know her feelings regarding guns, as one investigative journalist from Project Veritas found out.
Senator McCaskill revealed her intention to vote on various gun control measures in the undercover footage: MCCASKILL: “Well if we elect enough Democrats we’ll get some gun safety stuff done. They won’t let us vote on it, we’ve got 60 votes for a number of measures that would help with gun safety, but McConnell won’t let ’em come to the floor.” JOURNALIST: “Like bump stocks, ARs and high capacity mags...?” MCCASKILL: “Universal background checks, all of that... But if we have the kind of year I think we might have I think we could actually be in a position to get votes on this stuff on the floor and we’d get 60 [votes]...” JOURNALIST: “So you would be on board with the bump stocks and... high capacity mags.” MCCASKILL: “Of course! Of course!”
Despite her strong views on gun control, Senator McCaskill does not tend to promote them on the campaign trail or on her website. Rob Mills, who works on Senator McCaskill’s campaign, says that is “...because she has a bunch of Republican voters.”
One individual suggested that McCaskill would be supportive of going after handguns at some point if semi-autos were already taken care of.
Another individual who works on Senator McCaskill campaign, Carson Pope, adds that “...a semi-automatic rifle ban is more so what she would support.” “People just can’t know that.”
According to Mills, Senator McCaskill conceals her support of Moms Demand Action, a gun control group, and other similar organizations because they would “...hurt her ability to get elected.” MILLS: “But she doesn’t openly go out and support groups like ‘Mom’s Demand Action’ or just like other groups that are related to that. Because that could hurt, her ability to get elected. Because people like see that and they’re like well I don’t want to support her even though they stand for the same policies...” MILLS: “She’s worked out stuff with Mom’s Demand Action to make sure that she can support their goals without supporting the organization openly. And you know, Mom’s Demand Action does the exact same thing. Like a lot of our volunteers are actually from there. She’s really good about strategy and making sure she has a goal and can get there.”
After the release of the videos, McCaskill’s campaign is demanding Attorney General Josh Hawley (her direct political opponent) open a fraud investigation into hidden-camera videos released this week by a nonprofit run by conservative activist James O’Keefe. The videos show O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action Fund going undercover to secretly interview members of McCaskill’s campaign. The group, a 501c4 non-profit, advertised the videos as proof that McCaskill, a Democrat, has been hiding her views on guns and abortion from Missouri voters.
McCaskill and Hawley, a Republican, are in a tight election race that could help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
David Kirby, McCaskill’s campaign manager, said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that there is reason to believe Project Veritas committed fraud that violated the state’s merchandising practices act.
Marco Bruno, a spokesman for Project Veritas Action Fund, contended in a statement that the videos were an act of journalism.
“It looks like a sitting United States Senator is trying to criminalize investigative journalism. All of our investigations are done legally. Not only do we operate according to letter of the law but also by the spirit and intent of the law,” Bruno said.
As of now, Hawley's office has dismissed the claims of fraud and his campaign has been publicizing the videos heavily.
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