A News Politics — 22 October 2014

Shot heard round the usIn an effort to drive voters to the ballot box, New York gun owners are organizing “Shot Heard Round the US” events throughout the state and are encouraging gun owners across the US to join them.

On Saturday, November 1st at noon eastern time, Second Amendment supporters will go to gun clubs and fire shots in unison.

“The effort is a symbolic gesture to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and his ruling party who signed the SAFE Act in the middle of the night,” said Stephen Aldstadt, President of Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE).

The SAFE Act is one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. It makes certain firearms and ammunition illegal, which according to Aldstadt, “made thousands of law-abiding citizens criminals overnight.”

“The ‘Shot Heard Round the US’ reminds us of the American Revolution when British soldiers came in the middle of the night to confiscate firearms and ammunition, and we ask all Americans who support the Second Amendment to join us this weekend and send a loud message,” Aldstadt added.

New Yorkers held a “Shot Heard Round New York” in January of this year, which reportedly attracted upwards of 25,000 participants.

Gun rights and gun control organizations are working feverishly this election year to get people to vote. Most political scientists, including Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, believe that the Republicans will see gains in both the House and Senate, and “have a strong and increasing chance to control the next Senate.” Republicans currently control the House.

While gun rights and gun control do not always go hand-in-hand with a political party, there is a strong alignment between Republicans and gun rights, and Democrats and gun control. And, in the sixth year of the sitting president’s administration, there is historically far greater motivation to vote among the president’s opposing party.

The “Shot Heard Round the US” effort will surely be an attention getter. And, that may just turn into firing up voters.

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