By Wayne Anthony Ross
Things have a funny way of working out. Just a few days ago we had several major candidates running for Governor of Alaska.
With the withdrawal of Governor Bill Walker from the race Alaska voters will now decide between Mike Dunleavy or Mark Begich. We will have to decide the direction of our State; up or down; forward or backward.
When I first came to Alaska, I met only three Alaskans who didn’t own a gun.
One Alaskan had never owned a gun but was looking to buy one. I helped him do so.
One Alaskan had just sold a gun and was looking to buy another one. I sold him one of mine.
And one fellow was against gun ownership but had just had a run-in with a bear. Afterward, that third guy decided he was going to move to California rather than buy a gun. I encouraged him to leave Alaska.
Since then, when I’ve had occasion to give a speech Outside, I’ve told non-Alaskans:
“In your State, you have Liberals and Conservatives. In your State, Liberals oppose your right to keep and bear arms, while your Conservatives support the right to do so. In Alaska, we have Liberals and Conservatives too. However, in Alaska, our Liberals are the folks who carry .357s or lesser guns, while our Conservatives are those who carry at least a .44 or a .45!”
Alaskans have always been interested in protecting their individual rights, especially their right to keep and bear arms.
I first met Mark Begich when his folks brought him into my office in the old courthouse on 4th and K Street. Mark was a very little guy then, probably less than three years old. I have always liked the guy even though I never considered him to be a Conservative.
I’ve been a member of the National Rifle Association of America since the mid-60’s. The NRA has always been the premier organization involved in the protection of our American right to keep and bear arms since it was formed in 1871.
The NRA seeks to educate Americans on where candidates stand on the right to own firearms and the importance of voting in every election. Americans had a real choice nationally when we voted for President in 2016. The choice was between a Democrat candidate who wanted to abolish our 2nd Amendment rights and a Republican who supported those rights. Patriotic Americans won that election, but the battle for America is not over.
Each year the NRA examines each candidate’s position and grades accordingly. In the November issues of its magazines, the grades are released.
Mike Dunleavy earned an “A” rating. Dunleavy was described as a “solidly pro-gun candidate” who “has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office… with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”
Mark Begich was given a “?” Begich was described as someone who “refused to answer the NRA questionnaire or a candidate who has made contradictory statements or taken positions that are inconsistent with the candidate’s answers to the NRA PVF candidate questionnaire or previous record. Begich’s rating is described as follows: A rate of “?” often indicates indifference, if not outright hostility to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.”
Mom used to say I could tell a lot about a person by seeing who that person associates with.
Since the 2016 election, Democrats have become even more desperate to regain control and more vocal in their opposition to gun rights.
Democrat billionaires and their pet politicians are spending millions in this election to turn America into a gun-free socialist utopia.
We don’t have that kind of money. But we do have 8 million members of the NRA and some 100 million gun owners who need to vote wisely again this year.
I hate to say anything bad about a guy I’ve known for some 50 years, but Mark Begich is a Democrat. He’s running with the wrong crowd! We cannot afford to let Mark and his associates get control of this State. If you want to protect your gun rights, join me and Vote for Mike Dunleavy!