Here’s CD2 Democratic candidate Jeff Van Drew talking guns to a voter after the Northfield Democratic Club Candidate forum on February 21, 2018. This was just one week after the Parkland school shooting. and just one day after DCCC put him on their Red to Blue national priority list. Our thanks to Stacey Duda & her smartphone. Seems he’s been asked if he’d support a federal assault weapons ban ** if elected to Congress. His answer? NRA’s boy in Trenton is ready with standard talking points and misdirection. Watch him ramp up the common occurrence she’s asking about – a weapon designed to do huge damage within seconds to anybody its pointed at, like mass shooters actually use it for – to a ridiculous and improbable scenario: so what about a bomb? or a crazy person in a car? You know, to the stuff that doesn’t happen much. What does happen? School shootings. And as I write this, the 3rd school shooting in 8 days is going on right now at Santa Fe High School in Texas, 22nd school shooting this year – 8 dead so far today, hot situation on the ground, details still shaking out. So here’s Van Drew, who has a 100% Rating from the NRA, talking guns to a voter. He clams up fast when he realizes Stacey’s recording him. (Have a hard time hearing it? Cathy O’Brien transcribed it below).
This conversation occurs one day after DCCC named Van Drew to their national-priority Red to Blue list; the Party establishment making a questionable choice to signal Democratic big donors he’s their primary choice in NJ-02. Not that Van Drew needs big donors; he’s already one of the assets of South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross, who – you guessed it – bankrolls DCCC bigly ,and they are obsequious with him for that. So does DCCC care that Van Drew has a 100% NRA rating or a long history of backwards votes in the NJ Legislature? Nah, they’ll do whatever the big money says. “Steamrolled” again by the “progressive” Democratic establishment. You’re not surprised. But such is the ossified wing of the Party, that their influence may even spoil newer, promising, issues-focused advocacy. Like Moms Demand Action, which awarded NRA 100-percenter Van Drew their “Gun Sense” distinction. Parkland student leader David Hogg, 18, sees Van Drew gets it.
Cathy O’Brien took the time to transcribe Van Drew. Thanks Cathy!
**clarification: This event and Van Drew’s conversation was one week after the Parkland school shooting. Like most other mass shootings, the killer’s gun of choice was an AR-15, not technically an assault weapon. No, it’s worse.