(CNSNews.com) - Missouri Gov. Bob
Holden, a Democrat, is one of the few sitting governors ever to lose
a primary election. But Holden should have seen it coming because of
his anti-gun stand, a Second Amendment group said on Wednesday.
Holden's defeat should serve as an object lesson for other politicians
who place political correctness ahead of the personal safety of their
constituents, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear
Arms (CCRKBA) said in a press release.
"Show Me State gun owners showed Bob Holden the door,"
said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "Although they tried to
downplay it, both the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Kansas City Star acknowledged
that Holden's veto of concealed carry legislation cost him critical
votes, especially in rural Missouri."
Missouri lawmakers returned to the state capital to override Holden's
"Bob Holden's veto last year got Missouri gun owners mad, and
on Tuesday, gun owners got even," Gottlieb said. "The governor's
other leadership problems on education, the economy and social issues
certainly crippled him, but his anti-gun philosophy was the proverbial
straw that broke the camel's back."
CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron said Gov. Holden should serve
as an example to other anti-gun politicians who may be tempted to underestimate
the fury of gun owners. "Grassroots activism in the firearms community
is alive and well, as Tuesday's primary vote demonstrated."
Waldron said Holden's defeat proves politicians cannot give lip service
to gun rights and personal protection -- while voting otherwise. "Gun
owners are out there, in the tall grass, and they don't forget,"