Think that anti-gun action only comes from leftists? Think again…
Mary Fallin, the Republican Governor of Oklahoma, shut down a gun-friendly bill without any outside pressure.
The bill would have allowed for permitless carry…but Fallin vetoed the bill, saying that obtaining a license to carry concealed is “reasonable”.
Politicians double crossing the people who voted them in is nothing new and has been happening for years, but the surprising thing here is that Fallin ran for office on strong pro-gun campaign.
Here’s what Fallin had to say in response to her vetoing SB 1212:
I believe the firearms requirement we current have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.
Fallin believes that the State’s current gun laws are acceptable, though many people in favor of gun rights would firmly disagree with her, including many of the people who voted her into power.
She describes Oklahoma’s current gun laws as “effective, appropriate and minimal.”
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, had this to say in response to Fallin’s betrayal of her own voting base:
Gov. Fallin vetoed this important piece of self-defense legislation despite the state legislature’s overwhelming approval of the bill and her commitment to NRA members to support constitutional carry when she ran for reelection. Make no mistake, this temporary setback will be rectified when Oklahoma residents elect a new, and genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.
Don’t worry, Governor Fallin didn’t get away with this without any backlash. At the very least, Fallin’s social media account got slapped with over 1,500 comments, and almost all of them voiced their outrage at her betrayal.
However, even more alarming that Fallin’s betrayal was the betrayal of the Oklahoma Rifle Association, which is the NRA’s official state affiliate.
Rather than support SB 1212 with its parent organization, the Oklahoma Rifle Association sided with Governor Fallin in opposing the bill.
Again, there was significant backlash on social media after their betrayal.
Republican State Sen. Nathan Dahm, the sponsor of SB 1212, argued on Facebook that the “requirements are a burden to the poor and elderly who should be afforded the right to defend themselves without having to pay the government to do so.”
According to Dahm, he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Fallin’s actions, who he describes as a “campaign conservative”. In other words, a conservative in name only.