Three days after the first anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 and wounded 14, and two days after a workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois, that killed five and wounded five police officers, Sen. Joni Ernst launched a fundraising effort based on her support for a top NRA legislative priority.
On Sunday, Ernst tweeted her support for a so-called “National Right to Carry,” and included a link to “Support the 2nd Amendment.”
The link goes to Joni for Iowa, the website for Ernst’s 2020 reelection campaign. The linked page has a Yes/No survey, “Should Americans have the right to carry in all 50 states?” At the bottom of the survey, people are encouraged to click on another link “Support the 2nd Amendment Here.” That link goes to a page soliciting donations for Ernst’s reelection campaign.
Despite calling it just a national right to carry, the proposal Ernst is referring to would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit issued by their home state to carry a concealed gun in any state that allows concealed carry.
Passing a national right to carry bill has been one of the NRA’s top legislative priorities for a decade, but it has repeatedly failed to pass Congress. Last month, she signed on as a co-sponsor of the latest version of the bill (which is identical to the 2017 version that Ernst also co-sponsored).
The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Ernst is number 7 in the 10 U.S. Senators to received the most donations from the NRA ($3,124,273). Defeating Ernst next year would be a huge defeat for the NRA. Stay tuned.