State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Gun Control


Jay Williams: Common sense measures like background checks

From his childhood experiences growing up on a farm in north central South Dakota, where the annual pheasant hunt brought hunters from all over the country, to the NRA gun safety course he took as a young person, Jay has had lots of experience with firearms. In the military he was exposed to many different kinds of weapons, including fully automatic machine guns. Today, mass shooters have demonstrated the danger that guns pose when they are in the wrong hands. Jay supports common sense measures like background checks to make sure guns are in the hands of responsible gun owners, not criminals or at-risk individuals.
Source: 2016 South Dakota Senate campaign web JayWilliams2016.org Apr 1, 2016

Gordon Howie: Opposes more gun restrictions

Question topic: More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Howie: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Gordon Howie: Bumper sticker: God, Guns, and Gordon

It's a message appearing on car bumpers in South Dakota, and it has people smiling: "God, Guns, and Gordon." The Gordon Howie for Senate campaign just released the bumper sticker, and it is getting a warm reception across the state. "It makes people smile, but it also sends a message that is at the heart of our campaign," said Howie. "My campaign is about Faith, Freedom and a higher purpose. South Dakotans are God-fearing and gun-owning people, so I am not surprised that our bumper sticker is being so well received."

Howie will begin a tour of the State this week, to meet with supporters. "We will have plenty of our bumper stickers with us," he said. "It looks like we may have to re-order sooner than we thought."

"We are having fun delivering our message to South Dakota. While we are certainly dealing with serious issues, I think it is good to enjoy the process," Howie said. "Besides, what could be more fun than winning, when it means doing the right thing for our State and our Nation?"

Source: 2014 South Dakota Senate campaign press release Jun 23, 2014

Rick Weiland: Universal background checks for guns

Here in South Dakota, the only declared Democratic candidate so far is Rick Weiland, a small-business owner who has said he would fight corporate interests. Weiland also favors same-sex marriage and universal background checks for guns, and he is concerned about the weakening of Social Security and Medicare.

Weiland has the support of his onetime boss, Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader (also a South Dakota Democrat), and of the party's more liberal base. But his candidacy has upset some in the Democratic establishment. Many South Dakota Democrats are hoping for a centrist to compete in a state where the number of registered independents has increased over the past five years. Daschle said he believed that Weiland would be able to earn the establishment's support. "I've been through this hundreds of times--a candidate has to prove himself or herself before they get support of the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee]. I believe Rick will be able to do that."

Source: New York Times on 2014 South Dakota Senate debate May 28, 2013

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  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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