Matthew Griswold “Matt” Bevin is the great state of Kentucky’s third-ever Republican governor. The former Army officer, businessman and Tea Party darling’s electoral victory foreshadowed Donald Trump’s; Bevin confounded the pundits and pollsters to win his party’s nomination and the Bluegrass State’s governorship. Unlike Mr, Trump, Bevin’s support for gun rights is long-standing and consistent. The concealed-carrier has opposed any effort to restrict modern sporting rifles (a.k.a., “assault rifles”) and supported national reciprocity.
The pro-gun Governor’s reaction to Louisville’s firearms-related murder rate (above) is both predictable and a breath of fresh political air. “You have a cultural problem,” Bevin opines. “You have a spiritual problem. You have an economic problem. That’s what you have, period. And people who want to pretend that it’s something that can be legislated, that some more government rules are going to fix this, is delusional.” While I wish Bevin had used the “G” word (gangs), he earns TTAG Gun Hero of the Day Award for speaking the truth to power. Namely himself and his legislative colleagues.