Gretchen Whitmer’s Veep Cred: I Kept 6600 Firearms Industry Employees Out of Work!

Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

By Larry Keane

Everytown for Gun Safety continued its Veepstakes auditions as Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined Shannon Watts to talk about her gun control credentials.

Gov. Whitmer’s highlight of the event was boasting about putting 6,600 Michiganders in the firearm and ammunition industry out of work by deeming them “non-essential” during the coronavirus pandemic. Most of their industry peers across the United States could remain on the job. Gov. Whitmer, though, shuttered gun businesses in her state and was proud of it on her Everytown Veepstakes tryout with Shannon Watts.

“I would do it again. I absolutely stand by the decision that I made,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I’m not going to apologize. And I’m not going to be bullied into doing things differently…It was very clear, the purchase of a gun does not fall in that [life-sustaining] criteria.”

Should she be 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Whitmer would fit the ticket. Former Vice President Biden’s antigun track record is well-known and he’s had his own run-in with Michigan gun owners, scolding one Detroit Second Amendment supporter, saying “You’re full of sh*t!” Together the two would make for the most antigun presidential ticket in modern history.

For Safety and Security

Watts dismissed concerns Michiganders have for their personal safety. She went as far as labeling the more than 2.5 million Americans who bought a gun for the first time as just “the gun extremist community.” Gov. Whitmer blamed President Donald Trump.

“That is just the kind of dog whistle that always makes me fearful that we’ll have more violence break out across the country.” She glossed over the numerous examples of law-abiding Americans protecting themselves, their families, their businesses and their neighbors.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

For her part, Gov. Whitmer supports reinstating the failed 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and gun control grab bag favorites like “red flag” laws that deny due process to the accused, closing loopholes that are in fact just the Second Amendment and more. There’s just one problem keeping her from getting her way – voters.

“I can’t just change these laws on my own,” Gov. Whitmer said. “I need a legislature to work with me. I don’t have a legislature that is very friendly when it comes to working on this issue.”

Gov. Whitmer is correct, though she did not make the point she thought she was making.

Biden and Beyond in November

Gov. Whitmer praised Biden’s candidacy and what it could mean for stricter gun control.

“With Joe Biden in the White House we’re going to have a leader who makes decisions based on the best information there is, so that we have higher odds of achieving all the goals that he’s running on,” Gov. Whitmer told Watts. “He’s the perfect candidate at this time.”

Former Vice President Biden’s gun control “goals” also include appointing former U.S. Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) as his chief gun-grabbing sheriff to confiscate 18 million of the most popular selling centerfire semiautomatic rifles in America.

His ‘leadership’ includes telling his wife to blindly fire a shotgun into the air without knowing the target and suggesting police try their best to shoot threatening armed attackers in the leg. He called the firearm industry the enemy and wants to dismantle it.

Not everyone agrees with Biden or Gov. Whitmer on these extremist ideas. An NSSF survey of likely voters in 18 battleground states, including Michigan, showed that enforcing existing gun laws and protecting lawful firearm sales are at the top of their minds heading into November. NSSF regularly updates the #GUNVOTE online resource so voters don’t risk their rights in the ballot box.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.


  1. avatar Rick Taylor says:

    I live in Michigan and can tell you that she is a nasty piece of work!

    1. avatar Shadow says:

      I am sorry, Rick, that you have to contend with such a horrific witch for a governor. God help us all, if she ends up as Biden’s Vice-President.

      1. avatar Ray says:

        I hope she is his VP choice. Gun grabbing is a losing platform right now. The only reason anyone would even pretend to cater to grabber groups is to get their contributions. Covid and the protesting have driven gun sales off the charts and it’s because a huge number of moderate Democrats have been buying them to. Let her sign on as VP candidate. It will make them even easier to beat than they already are.

    2. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      That will happen when one elects a Leftard skank.

    3. avatar Debbie W. says:

      Gretchen Whitmer and Shannon Watts are quite proud of their Gun Control agenda which is an agenda rooted in racism and genocide. Facts that surround Gun Control are what clearly make Gun Control a racist and nazi based agenda. With arms extended the gun grabbing brown shirt fraulein douchebaggurs whitmer and watts Seig Heil z fuhrer mini mike bloomberg.

      VOTE TRUMP/PENCE 2020.

    4. avatar doesky2 says:

      I can smell that cunt from down here in NC.

      1. avatar Lost Down South says:

        Don’t mince words. What do you really think?

        1. avatar Luis says:

          There’s really nothing else that needs to be said.

        2. avatar doesky2 says:

          Sometimes that word is so fitting and appropriate that you just got to deal it.

    5. avatar Nonips says:

      Agree she needs to resign immediately we need to prosecute her for keeping anyone out of work plus her killing the elderly by putting virus people in nursing homes and other garbage this vile evil so called human

    6. avatar Old Grunt says:

      I live in Alpena Michigan, and am appalled by what this “governor” is doing. Her ridiculous policies are shattering our economy, fragmenting our people, and causing so much confusion through contradictory and irresponsible “fuhrer befells.”

      Recall is not just indicated, but required if we are to save our great state. Sadly, the Lt. Guv is probably worse then she is.

    7. avatar Lance Manion says:

      If Hitler had a grandaughter, it would surely be this woman.

    8. avatar Mishitgan says:

      You reap what you sow. Keep your people in your shithole of a state, we’re tired of you all in the south.

  2. avatar Shire-man says:

    Biden promised no whiteys.
    Imagine after making such an asinine statement and being lauded for it he shows up with Morewhite as VP.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      The Democrat Party has painted themselves into a corner. At this point the Party has to choose a black female for Biden’s Vice Presidential candidate for multiple reasons.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Aint no multiple reasons, just the one. TOKEN!! Maybe with a subcontext of “pandering”.

        1. avatar SoCalJack says:

          But which of those Dem VP candidates has a history of being an Anti and socialist?
          Answer: Kamala Harris.

        2. avatar Geoff "Ammo. LOTS of ammo..." PR says:

          Harris was a *prosecutor*.

          They won’t stand for that.

          I agree it will most likely be a female POC for the VP pic, but I think it will end up hurting them more than helping. Every one I’ve seen to-date has been a hard leftist. That will kill voter turnout among the moderates. Good for us, I guess?
          They are going to be scared shitless to not run a BLM zealot, and it just may cost them the election… 😉

        3. avatar Mark N. says:

          Harris was not just a prosecutor, she was California’s chief prosecutor, the Attorney General. In that role, until the state shut it down, she had her own private “police” force as her personal security detail (none were LEOs, they just acted like they were). She “certified” that the technology to build a semiauto firearm that would imprint a unique identifier on the spent casing of fired handgun exited and free from patent rights, which wasn’t true. The only existing experimental technology did not imprint on two places on a case, only one. Nonetheless, because she certified that such guns “could” be built, and because the law requires that all new models incorporate such technology, there have been no new semi-auto handguns added to the California Roster since May 2013 because there isn’t a handgun made that incorporates compliant technology. Which is of course was her intent. She is one of those guns for me not for thee types. [As an aside, California is amending the law to allow the imprint to appear on only one place on the case, but with the caveat that for each new semiauto added to the Roster, three older models must be removed.]

          Kamala has three things going for her: she is black, she is a she, and she hates guns. On the down side, she is Hillary’s sister by another mother. She believes she deserves to be President, that she is destined for the office.
          Her main competition, from what is being said off the record, is Susan Rice. Susan is black and female, but that may be the extent of her attributes (vis-a-vis the Democratic Party.) She is, by Democrat standards, quite conservative when it comes to foreign affairs; but the mob is craving a dyed in the wool radical progressive. Nor has she ever held elected office, and she and her husband are multimillionaires. On the other hand, she will lie through her teeth to protect Obama, and by extension, Biden, even though Biden is neck deep in the Russia-gate scandal.

    2. avatar Dude says:

      I’m pretty sure choosing someone for a job based on sex and skin color is illegal. Once again, the dims are pretending that Civil Rights legislation was never passed.

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


        As I stated in my comment below about bullying, it (bullying, discrimination, etc.) is not wrong when the Left does it. It is only wrong when other people do it.

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Also, at least to me, until they start some SERIOUS bitching about things like this, the black community can just STFU about discrimination, if it is all right (even wonderful) in their favor, it is also all right to pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting black firearm ownership, just for a start.

    3. avatar CentralVirginian says:

      I wonder if he’ll put up a Jim Crow style “No Whites” sign at the interview desk.

    4. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      One must remember that Joe braindead has always been a racist liar not to mention plagerist extraordinare,basically your average worthless Leftist POS.

    5. avatar FedUp says:

      When did he promise no whiteys?
      Last spring, he said the VP would be female and some other pick (Supreme Court?) would be female person of color.

      But since the end of May, there seems to be a lot of Black Marxists Matter going around. Maybe one of the ‘trained Marxist operatives’ who founded BLM would accept the VP nod?

      Anyway, I think it’s cute that Biden thinks he has a say in who his running mate is.

      1. avatar Ed schrade says:

        He will pick Susan Rice so she and O’Bamma can run things and cover all their illegal doings when them and the Muslim brotherhood were in the White house.

        1. avatar Geoff "Ammo. LOTS of ammo..." PR says:

          Rice is tight with Holder.

          Do we really want another round of Eric Holder as AG?

    6. avatar Eric Swalwell says:

      Aint nothin’ that can’t be fixed with the “memory hole”.

      Eric Swalwell 2020

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      Perfect analogy for Whitless.

  3. avatar DB Cooper says:

    She doesn’t have a chance..

  4. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    “…I’m not going to be bullied into doing things…”

    You mean like she publicly bullied that 77-yr-old barber to bend to her will and shut down, even at the cost of his livelihood? After he reopened once his savings was depleted and he had no choice but to resume so he could support himself, even though Gretchen demanded that he remain closed regardless of the measures he took to keep his customers safe per guidelines? You mean that kind of bullying?

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      I Haz a Question,

      Oh, come on now! Don’t you know that it is only bullying when someone other than the left does it?

    2. avatar LifeSavor says:

      Several of my co-workers live in Michigan. I’ve asked them about Gretchen’s handling of that barber. NONE of them knew anything about it. (Shakes his head, mutters to himself, realizes that the four horsemen all due the bidding of Ignorance, and decides that prayer, followed by bourbon facilitates a good night’s sleep).

  5. avatar Eric says:

    “…the purchase of a gun does not fall in that [life-sustaining] criteria.”

    As a well-armed contingent of law enforcement officers accompanies her everywhere she goes.

    1. avatar Darkman says:

      Not 800 meter out. Hail the “White Feather”.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        Careful…you said the word “Hail” once. If you say it three times, Beetlejuice appears and follows you around.

        Oops, I said it for the second time above…

        1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

          I’m sure Beetlejuice will appear Monday or Tuesday,with a new high death count for her chit hole of Chictago,beaming from ear to ear so proud of her Leftist failures.

  6. avatar Jeff says:

    This woman will never be VP, she is not black. Some of the women that are being considered are communists and worse. The Biden presidency will be the biggest gun grab in history or the beginning of the second civil war.

    1. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

      It’s coming.

  7. avatar Darkman says:

    Never trust anything that can bleed for 5 days and not die.

  8. avatar Darkstar says:

    It used to be that politicians would boast about bringing industry and creating jobs for their constituents. Now this harpy is bragging about eliminating them. Welcome to Amerika 2.0

  9. avatar tdiinva says:

    But enuf told me that we should elect Biden because Orangemanbad and “we can fight them in Congress like we always have.”

    If you wonder why America’s great cities are no more it is because they are populated by enufs “fighting them like they always have.”

  10. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    She is a worthless petty tyrant that belongs to be in the dust bin of history.

    1. avatar cgray says:

      She’s clearly not heading for any dustbins.

  11. avatar cgray says:

    How exactly is that “Recall Whitmer” campaign coming along?


    1. avatar Tired of the bs says:

      Don’t know I don’t live in Michigan but if I did I would be doing everything I could to help that happen

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      About as well as the “Recall Newsom” campaign in California.

  12. avatar GS650G says:

    Hope her boat sinks, even without her on it.

  13. avatar Rick Cunningham says:

    Whitmer is a one term governor and she knows it !!! We The People !!!

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      Probably not. She had a positive favorable/unfavorable ratio.

  14. avatar former water walker says:

    Yep yer white…I’m hoping it ain’t Tammy Duckworthless. Can’t criticize a “war hero”(like McCain or Swiftboat Kerry). Oh he!! they’re ALL worthless😕😕😕😕

  15. avatar Dennis says:

    Oh and dont forget, “I made half of my state unliveable”!

  16. avatar WI Patriot says:

    This broad has got a real chip on her shoulder…

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      More like sand up her vag.

  17. avatar Ark says:

    “I destroyed my state’s economy and turned the state into an open-air prison camp, vote for meeee!”

  18. avatar Tired of the bs says:

    If only her car would break down in the UP on a dark stormy night. With no cell reception….

    1. avatar Weapon of War says:

      Yoopers would use her for ballistic testing.

  19. avatar Rambo Shopper says:

    All hail wHitler!

  20. avatar Prndll says:

    Keeping Americans out of work is not a virtue. I remember when Democrats and Republicans argued over who created more jobs.

  21. avatar GunnyGene says:

    There’s a word for women like her. In fact, several words.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Rhymes with rich.

  22. avatar No says:

    No thanks to assholes like this the tax rolls for unemployment will sky 🌌 and the taxpayers in Michigan get double fucked it’s politians like this that agrivate the piss out of me instead of giving there constituents a means of protection they 🙇 cow to big assholes like cumbo his minunious and gives rederick to the anti gunners. I wonder if this hole 🕳 has seen the figures on the death toll in shoot em Chicago obviously 🙄 not if those people had been armed and able to defend themselves against gang hoodlems they would still be alive. I thought ny was the only asshole state next to califonication that was backwards. Shows you how wrong you can be

  23. avatar Adam says:

    Hey Whitmer, where would this country be without ammo and firearms? What exactly do you think you gained, who did you help by doing this?

  24. avatar Ing says:

    “That is just the kind of dog whistle that always makes me fearful that we’ll have more violence break out across the country.”

    If you’re always hearing dog whistles, you’re probably a dog.

  25. avatar possum says:

    Bragging about firing the people who make your paycheck possible. We The Kings in order to form a more perfect Union

  26. avatar retyfgdf says:

    … and none of that has done anything to reduce violence in Detroit. Same can be said of Chicago, New York, Baltimore, DC, Philly, etc.

  27. avatar Ralph says:

    Oh how In yearn for the good old days when Gretchen Whitmer would have been a $20 hooker instead of a governor.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      As a street girl she’d get much less.

  28. avatar Hannibal says:

    Er, didn’t Joe say he was gonna pick a black woman as VP?

    If you’re not gonna do that, just go with Warren. She might as well pretend to be black, next.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Can’t help but chuckle at that but I bet she offered to perform in blackface. Look at who else did just that.

    2. avatar Nasty Old Fed says:

      She would too!!

  29. avatar shawn says:

    To live in Michigan right now is crazy she shuttered small businesses and kept large box stores open. Closed travel in our state until it suited her and her husband’s needs. Trying to enforce and fine companies that allow people in their store without a mask. Placing people with covid in hospice with people who it has a higher percentage mortality rate. She basically won on the fact she said she would legalize Marijuana which was already on the ballot for legalization and create a safe place for illegal immigrants. Oh and fix the damn roads which she said with a little smirk like she was a little child saying a cuss word for the first time.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      I doubt you’ll get much road repair. You will get plenty of illegal immigrants to help spend money on.

  30. avatar Tim U says:

    None of the election will even matter if the left gets their mail-in voting established in enough states, or worse nation wide.

    You could have Satan himself, removed from any of his disguises or trickery, on the Democrat ticket and with mail in voting, he’d win. That’s the end game here: flat out rigging the election under the guise of a national emergency for a virus with a 99.95% survivability rate (outside of specific vulnerable population sets).

  31. avatar Anton Solomyr says:

    If purchasing a firearm is not life-sustaining or essential, she should have sent her armed security team home too.

  32. avatar GS650G says:

    Every time i see Gov Whitless I imagine her in a leather outfit, fishnets, heels, and a whip in hand. I know I’m not the only one.

  33. avatar Will Drider says:

    Whitmer is “currently” not from the prefered Race for the biden VP slot. She could just tweet that she “now” self-identifies as Black. Anybody that calls her on that claim would be labeled a raciest white supremacist Trump supported. Problem solved. [SARC]

  34. avatar Nasty Old Fed says:

    To quote that great Air Cavalry trooper Forrest Gump “stupid is as stupid does”

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