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Opinion: Moms, Guns and 2018
GOP’s issues with women have nothing to do with Stormy, #MeToo or Russia

Crosses line the lawn in front of Santa Fe High School on Monday in Santa Fe, Texas, where a 17-year-old student opened fire with a shotgun and pistol, killing 10 people. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Women are coming for you, Republicans. That’s the message of 2018 so far, isn’t it? Between the record number of women running for office (mostly as Democrats), the record number of women winning primaries, and the enormous gender gap that shows up in polling everything from the president’s approval rating to generic House races, there’s a theme showing up — Republicans have a problem with women.

And they do. But from the conversations I’ve had with suburban women voters, and especially the mothers of young children I see every day as the mom of 5-year-olds myself, there’s much more to the story of the GOP’s trouble with women, and it has nothing to do with Stormy Daniels, #MeToo, Russia or the Resistance.

Threats Away From Capitol Worry Senators
Capitol Police have requested additional funding

FBI personnel gather outside the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., last June to gather evidence where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at the GOP baseball practice. Senators on Tuesdays raised concerns about inadequate protection at events away from the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on Tuesday cited fears about inadequate protection at events outside the Capitol campus and in their states, and urged the Capitol Police chief and the new Senate sergeant-at-arms to re-evaluate the threat assessment process for lawmakers.

At a Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, lawmakers pushed Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael C. Stenger to justify requested funding and personnel increases for Capitol security while also ensuring protection for lawmakers elsewhere — particularly in their states and at gatherings in Washington away from Capitol Hill.

Giffords Gun Group Throws Money Against Vern Buchanan
Spends $120,000 in ad targeting Florida congressman’s ties to the NRA

UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun law reform PAC dropped $120,000 to target Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan for his support from the National Rifle Association.

The PAC’s ad criticizes Buchanan for receiving $15,450 from the NRA, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Brooks Suggests Republicans Are Retiring Because of Assassination Fears
Pointed at the large number of GOP members on baseball team who are leaving Congress

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks to reporters at the Republican baseball team's first practice of the year at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks suggested in a radio interview that Republicans are retiring en masse because of assassination fears.

Brooks was speaking on “The Dale Jackson Show” about the first Republican practice the Congressional Baseball Game after last year’s shooting that left Majority Whip Steve Scalise severely injured.

GOP Rep. Brian Mast Gets Pro-Gun Primary Challenger
Florida congressman flipped on firearms after Parkland shooting, defying GOP and gun lobby

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., got a pro-gun primary challenger Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Brian Mast will face off against a pro-gun primary challenger in November, just months after the first-term congressman flipped to support a host of gun control measures after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Physician Mark Freeman is re-upping his 2016 campaign this November with a pledge to “defend the Second Amendment” and be an “unwavering partner” to President Donald Trump, he said Wednesday in a press release to the Broward County Sun-Sentinel.

Democratic Majority Would Act Quickly on Guns, Dreamers, Infrastructure, Pelosi Says
Minority leader hits on wide array of topics during Georgetown University town hall

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says Democrats would act quickly on gun violence prevention, protections for Dreamers and infrastructure if they retake the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Democrats control the House in 2019 they would quickly schedule floor action on gun violence prevention, protections for “Dreamers” and infrastructure, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday. 

“When we win and we take over in January, some of the issues that will come up soon are the issues we are asking the speaker to take up now,” Pelosi said, naming those three issues.

Gun Control Groups Mailing Birthday Voting Forms to 18-Year-Olds
Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety and NextGen behind youth voter registration drive

Hundreds of thousands of people jammed Washington last month to protest gun violence in the student-led March for Our Lives. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A coalition of gun control and progressive millennial outreach groups will be mailing teenagers a present for their 18th birthday: a voter registration form.

The coalition is targeting vulnerable pro-gun Republicans in 10 states with the Our Lives, Our Vote drive and hopes to register 50,000 18- and 19-year-olds through the initiative ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Rep. Ralph Norman Won’t Be Charged for Pulling Gun at Diner
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and attorney general opt against pressing charges

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was elected to replace director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The South Carolina attorney general and State Law Enforcement Division will not file charges against Rep. Ralph Norman for laying his loaded handgun on a diner table at a “coffee with constituents” event in Rock Hill, South Carolina, last Friday.

Speculation simmered over the weekend and earlier this week that Norman could face prosecution for the stunt, which was intended to show a group of activists from the gun control group Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America that the gun “doesn’t shoot by itself,” he said Monday.

Norman in Murky Legal Waters for Showing His Gun in Diner
State Democrats have asked S.C. AG and other law enforcement officials to investigate incident

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman maintains he did nothing wrong when he pulled out his handgun in a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina law enforcement and criminal justice officials have given mixed signals about whether or not Rep. Ralph Norman broke any laws Friday when he placed a loaded gun on a table at a meeting with constituents at a local diner.

The South Carolina Democratic Party called for the State Law Enforcement Division and the state attorney general’s office to investigate the incident and for 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to file felony charges against the first-term Republican.

Norman Defends Pulling out Pistol in Diner
‘I didn’t do anything wrong,’ South Carolina rep says

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman is taking heat for pulling out his pistol during a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ralph Norman on Monday continued defending himself from criticism for removing his handgun from his blazer jacket and placing it on the table at a “coffee with constituents” event in South Carolina on Friday.

“Two days in a row I’ve had front-page news question the legality of what I did,” Norman said on Fox News Monday morning. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”