Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ long history of radical pro-gun votes may come back to haunt her in the 2018 election. Or at least, that is the hope of Giffords, an anti-gun violence group backing a new ad aimed at Walters.
After the ad notes that Walters has accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from the NRA, a narrator says she “votes just like the NRA tells her.” The ad is now airing online and targeted to those living in Walters’ Orange County district. “She’s been bought and paid for,” by the NRA, the ad alleges.
Walters’ history of supporting lax gun regulations pre-dates her time in Congress. When she was a state senator, Walters voted against legislation that sought to prohibit people under domestic violence restraining orders from obtaining a gun.
When Walters was in the California state assembly, the law enforcement community backed a provision to microstamp bullets from automatic guns. Walters voted no.
Once she arrived in Congress, Walters has voted at every opportunity to loosen gun regulations. She even voted to make it easier for individuals with a mental illness to own a gun.
In the 2016 election, Walters bragged about her endorsement from the NRA. But when recently confronted by a mother of two to ask her about her acceptance of NRA campaign cash, Walters refused to answer the constituent’s question directly and fled the scene.
Activism around the issue of gun violence has increased significantly in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At a recent rally in Walters’ district, chants of “Vote them out!” echoed through the crowd, a popular phrase used to draw attention to politicians who accept money from the NRA.
“Please join me on June 5th and November 6th in voting out the people who are funded by the NRA,” said Kate Finman, a senior at San Juan Hills High School.
California’s primary on June 5, and general election on November 6.