Good or Bad for Gun Owners? Schumer as Senate Dem Leader

U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced recently that he won’t seek re-election in 2016. The decision signals the end of a 30-year career in the U.S. Senate—and opens the door for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to become minority leader. Reid had a B rating by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun-rights lifetime voting record. In fact, in his re-election campaign in 2010, Reid got National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre to speak about Reid’s support for gun rights.

“He is a true champion of the Second Amendment back in Washington, D.C.,” LaPierre said of Reid at a dedication for a new shooting range in 2010.

U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer
Sen. Schumer has sponsored many anti-gun legislations during his political career.

Reid was first elected to the House in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986. He became Senate Democrat leader in 2005 and served one of the longest tenures as floor leader in Senate history. Speculation is that Reid is retiring because he now has to live in the minority for at least two years and then face re-election in 2016.

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Reid has endorsed Schumer as his successor, saying he hoped the endorsement would prevent a fight to succeed him.

Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer, born November 23, 1950, has attacked the National Rifle Association as a “fringe group.” In 2010, NRA gave Schumer an F grade during his re-election campaign. In 2010, he cruised to a 66%–33% margin of victory. Schumer was re-elected in 2004 by a margin of 71%–24%.

While serving in the House of Representatives, Schumer authored the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. The Assault Weapons Ban, which banned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns possessing certain features, expired in September 2004 despite attempts by Schumer to get it extended. He was one of 16 senators to vote against the Vitter Amendment, which prohibited the confiscation of legally owned firearms during a disaster.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Schumer defended the Clinton administration’s handling of the Waco siege hearings in 1995.

If Sen. Schumer succeeds Reid as senate minority leader, will that be good or bad for gun owners? Share your insights in the comments section below.

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Comments (40)

  1. Afraid of what Schumer might do? Well, I have my pickup’s rear window stacked with infamous names like Schumer, Feinstine, Boxer etc. They are right under Obama and standing over them all………is “Melvin” and Yes! He is peeing on them all………I get to take off Obummers name next year! Don’t like him or Schumer? Get off your duff and vote

  2. In the spirit of compromise I’m willing to part with a couple of 40 round AK mags (I can spare that many) and personally hand them over to schumer & feinstein.

    All THEY have to do is turn their backs, shuck their drawers and bend over.

  3. you are correct. the gop are the same as the drats, just in different suits. look how they are going cold on obamacare and the irs control and scams. its politics man

  4. Schumer already got you guys scared sh..le..?
    He is by far the most prominent and powerfull advocate for control of weapons and their users, but he is super popular by votes in his home state every election.
    His replacing of Reid is but party propaganda as Schumer already was far more powerful than in actuality he was and still is not gpod for gun owners.
    What is a truly scary scenario is when Hillary Clinton becomes President she. Will reward Schumers party loystys, especially jis loyalty to her and Bill, He will be unchained.
    For gun owners to realy fear is that the millions in money from AIPAC and Israeli interest that was just recently. Given to 40+ Of GOP’s finest was out of same slush funds that promote Schumer and Hillary.

  5. Feinstein (Mr and Mrs Americia, turn “em all in.) The main thing is to keep either of them from becoming MAJORITY Leader.

  6. A. Boehner, 8th Congressional District of Ohio, Republican Party.this guy always against the NRA and is trying to shiut guns down

  7. You know the old saying, “opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.” Well, Chuck is ours and I predict he will be more anti-2nd Amendment than his predecessor. He sucks to a greater degree than a newborn babe.

  8. Schummer is a far liberal Butt boy for ANY Democratic Adminastration , which should show he has little id any Morals in his personal being! He can’t do anything but make smoke abt Grabbing Guns , even his own party, in most cases will not follow his lead !

  9. Wasting our valuable time and resources in Congress to attempt to do something that violates the Constitution they vowed to protect. When will they ever learn it aint happening not with 80 million armed American Patriots. LIke Andrew Jackson when he sent troops to move the Cherokee People in violation of the US Supreme Court’s decision to allow them to stay on their land, he said, “Let’s see the Court stop me.” Its like how many people in congress to disarm 80 million people. Or our military they probably wont disarm American citizens and so it is, in the end, just a waste of time and money. need to read this. PS: Our local LE says if someone comes here to disarm, they will arrest them and I suspect it is that way in much of the USA.

  10. Look reid is quitting because the frying pan is going to get too hot with a Republican Congress.He knows the indictments are just around the corner.As for schumer just follow his money trail and you will find his dirt.After all he is from NYC-bastion of corruption and party favors.

  11. I’m very amused. Some, in fact most, call Schumer a Fascist. Others call him a Bolshevik or Communist. Make up your minds folks, He can’t be both. What he is is a rootin’ tootin’ totalitarian of any color you’d like. He protects the banks on Wall Street and limits individual rights. As a Democrat, he makes a good Corporate State lackey.

  12. Seems interesting to me that Reid steps down knowing Schumer has his back when Hillary is about to announce she is running. Sounds like a contingency plan of the American Closet-Communist Party to me.

    It will be very hard to convince me that Hillary has not also rubbed elbows with the Weather Underground just like the Anointed One has.

  13. Schumer is a Bolshevik tribe member who is not only rabidly Anti-American but also rabidly anti-Christian. His number #1 goal will be to do everything possible to assist in disarming American gun owners and fleecing American taxpayers for benefit of his HOME country.

    Schumer’s sordid track record openly speaks for it’self. He is the Worst possible choice for Senate Minority leader and a true threat to all Americans.

  14. Schumer is a replicant of Hillary but is much more devious and intelligent. Both are closet marxists bent on changing America to fit their communistic versions of the new World Order. Many other Democrat politicians, and of course Obama, are probably involved in this also.Their plans includes removing our rights under the 2nd Amendment. I have very little fear of social criminals, it is the political ones that I feel concern over.

  15. Whatever name you want to call Schumer is ok with me as long as it is describing him as a scumbag anti-gunner. The denomination of scumbag is not important…

  16. Yes, Schumer is bad for gun owners. No doubt about it. That being said, the use of “fascist” is incorrect here. Fascism not only speaks to totalitarian government (Mussiolini) but also a Corporate State. Fascists, Communists, Arab Dictators, Military Juntas all want a totalitarian government that they can rule. When one uses the word fascist, one is suggesting a Corporate State. If you mean that, yes, Schumer is a Fascist. If not, he’s just another run of the mill totalitarian. With that I DO agree.

  17. I’m surprised Schumer hasn’t challenged Hilary for the dem nomination already. Like it was said he is smart and dangerous and would be formidable. And yes he would definitely be bad for gun owners because of his fascist ideas.

  18. Seriously? Woody’s headline posed as a question had to be rhetorical. It’s like asking if 2 + 2 equals 7. The correct answer will always be a resounding “NO”.

  19. I think Schumer would be worse for America than Reid because he is just as wrong and smarter than Harry. Dangerous!

  20. The last thing the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution needs is another anti gun advocate. This country needs more people who believes in what our four fathers meant when they wrote the constitute of the United States of America.
    The Bill of Right are more important then one mans opinion, it belongs to the people as a whole.

  21. As much as I cannot stand Harry Reid, he was actually a fairly strong supporter of the NRA, likely due to the makeup of his state’s constituents. Schumer is and always has been an ASS. So, as much as I hate to admit it, Reid’s retirement is actually a bad thing for 2nd Amendment Rights and the NRA. I feel like I need to take a shower!

  22. In my opinion, Schumer will prove to be a nightmare. I believe he got his start as a lawyer by defending the American Communist Party pro-bono, or so I’ve heard. I suspect Reid supported the NRA only because as a senator in a western state that was heavily pro-gun, he would never have been elected had he been anti-gun. Schumer, being from a historically anti-gun state, doesn’t have that worry and I’d bet that he’ll use his power to create or back anti-gun legislation.
    There are about 20 congressmen I very much despise–and Schumer currently resides at the top of the list, along with Reid.

  23. I have a “FIRE HARRY REID !” sticker on the back window of my car … looks like I need to get the Sharpie out and change that name to Schumer ! (and insert the @ between the word FIRE and the name !)

  24. Please keep in mind we the people give these guys their power

    not just the NY ones that vote for him but the senators from

    our states that vote for their leadership.


    1. I agree but we need to tweak the term limits just a little more and restrict them to 2 terms max., IMHO.

  25. I forgot-Schumer is worth 7.5 million dollars.How do you think he gathered that much money? Look up net worth of these corrupt democrats and get sick over their so-called sympathy for the average American.Of course they do not want us to be armed.

    1. Yes I agree. His stench is beyond that of any given morgue, as I’m sure a lot of his wealth is like blood money.

  26. Another career politician who lines his pockets through connections.Term Limits for the corrupt bastards.VOTE

  27. Schumer is the kind of anti-American freak that, when you hear he’s in the hospital with a growth the size of a grapefruit in his gut, you say a silent prayer for the tumor.

  28. Anyone with a (D) anywhere near their name in any position of authority is bad for gunowners.

  29. Schumer is the liberal’s liberal. He’s about as liberal as one can get and is rabidly anti-gun. He garners his support from New York City and Albany liberals. He is bad news for freedom lovers, 2nd amendment and gun owners in general.

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