In a serious blow to the NRA’s ego, a pro-gun-violence-prevention candidate has won the gubernatorial election in their headquarter state of Virginia, according to the New Republic – read the full article here.
Terry McAuliffe (D) will be the next governor of Virginia, a purple state with a notoriously strong gun culture, after a tight race with Republican Ken Cuccinelli.
This result is a significant moral victory for gun violence prevention organizations across the country. McAuliffe was able to win the race despite facing his opponent’s $500,000 endorsement from the NRA.
McAuliffe publicly confirmed his support for gun-law-reform during a debate at Virginia Tech, the site of the worst mass shooting by an individual in the history of the United States, by touting the “F” rating given to him by the NRA. McAuliffe’s opponent had received an “A” rating and used it to appeal to the majority of pro-gun voters throughout the state.
Victories such as this help restore our faith that sensible gun laws will become more prominent throughout the country in the near future. Much work still needs to be done, but having a strong representative in the governor’s mansion of a swing state will help to tip the scales in favor of common sense reform.