Gun Control Proponent Jon Tester Now Trails Pro-Second Amendment Challenger

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

A Change Research poll indicates gun control Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) now trails his pro-Second Amendment challenger, Matt Rosendale (R).

Breitbart News reported the poll, which shows that Tester is behind by three points.

A crucial aspect of the poll its gauge of Independent support. Change Research notes, “Tester only leads 51-38 among independents, and that’s probably not enough for him to win. And Montana’s political trends don’t seem to be in his favor.”

Tester voted against the confirmation of both of President Trump’s pro-Second Amendment SCOTUS nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. His votes against them stand in sharp contrast to his votes for both of Barack Obama’s anti-gun nominees, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

He also stood for more gun control with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), following the June 12, 2016, Orlando Pulse attack. In so doing he stood shoulder to shoulder with gun control Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

On November 1, Breitbart News reported audio from a KBUL News Talk 970 AM interview in which Tester admitted gun control would not stop school shootings, then followed up by pushing gun control anyway.

Tester has a D-rating from the NRA while his pro-Second Amendment challenger, Matt Rosendale, has an A-rating.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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