Skip to comments.Orrin Hatch Fighting Pro-gun Challengers in Re-Election Efforts(UT)
Posted on 01/14/2012 7:58:12 AM PST by marktwain
Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Two pro-gun conservatives recently announced they were running against Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
This is welcome news for gun owners. In a Senate career that has lasted more than thirty five years, Hatch has not been a particularly good friend of the Second Amendment.
During negotiations over the 1986 McClure-Volkmer Firearms Owners Protection Act designed to protect gun owners from abuses of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -- Hatch sat at the negotiating table next to officials of the ATF and argued against the pro-gun positions of Sen. Jim McClure.
Though a senior member of the Senate, Hatch did nothing to block camels-nose legislation slammed through by Republican leader Bob Dole in the late 1980s to regulate armor-piercing bullets and outlaw non-existent plastic guns.
As ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993-4, Hatch refused to filibuster the Brady Law, even though it would have been possible to kill it.
He supported the 1996 Lautenberg amendment to impose a lifetime gun ban on people guilty of domestic misdemeanors a term so amorphous that it could apply to spanking your kid or engaging in a verbal argument.
In the wake of the Columbine shooting, Hatch voted for amendments which would have effectively banned gun shows, made it more difficult to keep a loaded gun in your home for self-defense, and codified the Bush-era semi-auto import ban.
This package of legislation was stopped in a conference committee only after Hatch and others were pummeled relentlessly by tens of thousands of GOA activists.
In 2007, Hatch supported the Veterans Disarmament Actwhich could strip the Second Amendment rights of honorably discharged veterans who seek professional counseling following traumatic wartime experiences.
Over the following two years, while GOA was working with pro-gun Senators to repeal the gun ban in national parks, Hatch voted against repeal before voting for it in 2009.
Last year, Hatch opposed an amendment offered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to exempt gun buyer information from the Obama administrations virtually unlimited ability to seize business records under the reauthorization of post-9/11 legislation.
Sen. Hatch hasnt exactly stood up to the Obama administration, either. He voted in favor of regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who favors a ban on hunting and who would grant animals legal protections in court.
And, despite repeated pleas from GOA members, he voted to confirm Eric Holder as Attorney General. In addition to being mired in the Fast and Furious scandal, Holder was the point man on gun control for President Bill Clinton and is a vocal supporter of banning many semiautomatic firearms.
Thankfully, Orrin Hatch is facing a serious challenge in this years Republican convention.
Former State Senator Dan Liljenquist is a stalwart pro-gun conservative who understands the dangers of compromising with the likes of President Obama.
And State Rep. Chris Herrod also jumped in the race because, he said, we dont have much time to fix our challenges as a nation. Both Herrod and Liljenquist are A rated on gun rights issues.
The candidates will face off in the state Republican convention in April. If no candidate receives more than 60 percent of the delegate votes, the top two vote-getters will run in a June primary.
Gun Owners of America welcomes the challenge to a Senator with a long history of compromising on Second Amendment rights.
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This RINO needs to go. I dearly hope he is not re-elected. It’s time to clean house and there is no better time than now.
It seems as though we can never get rid of these people. Same old tired people over and over again. He should run as a democrat anyway.
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questionable notes: Got his legal degree from University of Chicago law school. Between his second and third year, he interned for Kirkland & Ellis where Ken Starr (the man who fumbled the Clinton impeachment investigation) was the lead counsel.
quote: (referring to Sen. Hatch:) “Even counting for inflation, 36 years is enough. Service in Congress was never meant to be a lifetime appointment. In the the military there’s an adage that says, ‘Be brief, be brilliant and be gone.’”
questionable notes: Taught for a year at the University of Kharkiv (Ukraine), worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals (Hatch has long supported alternative medicine, singlehandedly stopping big pharma efforts to outlaw it.)
quote: “I absolutely hate the direction that we are going in as a nation. I hate socialism.”
Time for this smooth talker to go.
Orrin needs to retire. The sooner the better.
About ten years ago the talking head shows loved to have Bill Krystal, Orin Hatch, and John McCain on their shows to explain Conservative’s views on different topics.
And we wonder why Conservatism languishes...
I don’t believe retirement should be an option, If it were possible to Elect an entire New Congress void of all Career Politicians or Incumbents, He and EVERYONE Else currently in Congress should be tried for TREASON and then Summarily Executed on the White House Lawn upon Conviction. Almost EVERY SINGLE PERSON in Congress has VOTED for BLATANT UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTS, thereby rendering them culpable for TREASON Charges. Either way they all need to be FIRED.
Even Bush II is suspect in forgeting things like 911 in favor of Trayvon... these people are wusses... by the reaction of the Bush family in Florida...
They are completely manipulated and ambushed by liberals. They are retarded and have not a single plank other than flip flopping and attacking conservatives.