Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NRA makes bang for Bush (Report on Flint, MI Press Conference)
Flint Journal ^ | 10-14-04 | Joe Lawlor

Posted on 10/14/2004 1:27:22 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan

NRA makes bang for Bush
MUNDY TWP.
THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Joe Lawlor

MUNDY TWP. -- In the home county of liberal, anti-gun filmmaker Michael Moore, the National Rifle Association endorsed President Bush for re-election, promising him millions of dollars in ads, phone banks and other efforts.

NRA leaders chose the Flint area for one of several news conferences in the Midwest to announce their endorsement Wednesday of Bush, citing Michigan as a battleground state with many gun owners and hunters.

Wayne LaPierre, the group's powerful executive vice president, said Bush is a true supporter of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, while Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry is a phony.

During the campaign, Kerry has said he supports the Second Amendment. Commercials show the Massachusetts senator hunting in a field, a portrayal that made LaPierre scoff.

"He's a Cape Cod fraud who poses with a shotgun," LaPierre said in his trademark blunt style.

But LaPierre said it's a ruse because Kerry has consistently supported gun control measures.

"If John Kerry supports the Second Amendment, then maybe Al Gore really did invent the Internet," said LaPierre, speaking at the Holiday Inn in Mundy Township.

Bush supports legislation to protect the firearms industry from lawsuits and opposes centralizing files on gun owners, LaPierre said, calling the difference between Bush and Kerry on guns "day and night."

LaPierre said it was a coincidence the NRA chose to make the announcement on Davison native Moore's home turf. The group frequently has been a subject in Moore's movies, such as the anti-gun "Bowling for Columbine." "I wish I had thought of that," LaPierre said, when asked about Moore. The NRA also held news conferences in Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Journal could not reach Moore for comment.

But Paul Rozycki, a political science professor at Mott Community College, said he thinks the NRA's choice was intentional. "Bowling for Columbine" criticized the NRA, and the filmmaker interviewed NRA President Charlton Heston.

"I think the choice of Flint was a counterpoint to Moore," Rozycki said.

Rozycki said people shouldn't brush off the NRA endorsement because gun issues matter in the presidential election. The organization has some 4 million members.

"Gore lost in places where the NRA had an impact like West Virginia, Tennessee and the U.P.," Rozycki said.

Randy Dresback of Groveland Township, an NRA member, watched the news conference, and he said he immediately recognized Kerry as a fake.

"A leopard doesn't change his spots," Dresback said.

The NRA's political action committee already has spent about $1 million on TV commercials and other ads opposing Kerry. The NRA plans to spend about $20 million in all, focused on 10 to 15 targeted states.

Kerry's campaign has derided the NRA's leaders as tools of the Republican Party and said they are out of touch with their membership.

Kerry has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which is helping finance anti-Bush television ads.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bang; bush; flint; kerry; lapierre; napalminthemorning; nra; secondamendement
We're taking them on, even in Democrat strongholds like Genessee County which is the 2nd only to Wayne County in dem%.
1 posted on 10/14/2004 1:27:22 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan
Kerry's campaign has derided the NRA's leaders as tools of the Republican Party and said they are out of touch with their membership.

Kerry has been endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which is helping finance anti-Bush television ads.

LOL the NRA is a pawn yet Sara Brady is not?

2 posted on 10/14/2004 1:30:50 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan

Did the NRA formally endorse Bush last time? A lot of democrat gun owners supported Gore last time because they did not believe he was anti-gun. Can this stuff stick on Kerry?


3 posted on 10/14/2004 1:31:05 PM PDT by KJacob (All polls are equal: Some more equal than others.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan
Quote: "He's a Cape Cod fraud that poses with a shotgun"

Ya ever notice that the Shotgun seems to be the only politically correct weapon these days?

Gone are the days of seeing Ted Stevens loading up is 44 hogleg, or anyone else being seen sighting in a rifle or
firing a clip from a 9mil downrange at paper targets.
Here... Stand in this field and hold this shotgun while we take the picture....
4 posted on 10/14/2004 1:33:36 PM PDT by konaice (PULL!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan

"Why, I love hunting. Ever since that day back in Nam when I hunted down that wounded teanager and shot him in the back. Got a medal for it. Did I tell you I was in Nam?"


5 posted on 10/14/2004 1:46:53 PM PDT by kik5150
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan

MI is afflicted with some major, stupid gun owners.

A fellow I know is a big sportsman, hunting, angling, trapping, yet he's voting for Kerry.

When I tell him that Kerry voted to ban or tax common hunting ammo, he stands there dumb and wide-eyed and turns away. That Kerry is a gun-banner and wants to close federal lands to sports activity just doesn't register.

I'd grab him and shake him but I'm afraid his brain might fall out. Maybe if I buy him a box of ammo and wrap it in Kerry's anti-gun senate votes he might get enlightened.


6 posted on 10/14/2004 1:56:53 PM PDT by sergeantdave (ATTENTION - Republicans vote Tuesday. Democrats on Wednesday.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan
"He's a Cape Cod fraud who poses with a shotgun," LaPierre said in his trademark blunt style.
Geez...could've fooled me!!!
7 posted on 10/14/2004 2:01:04 PM PDT by Toidylop (Anybody needs a stinking "global test" besides Kerry?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave

With people like that a brain falling out would not matter since they rarely use it.


8 posted on 10/14/2004 2:08:10 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (RATmedia will no longer control American politics if patriots have their way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: KJacob
Did the NRA formally endorse Bush last time?

Yes the NRA did endose President Bush in 2000.

9 posted on 10/14/2004 2:22:54 PM PDT by RJL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
When I tell him that Kerry voted to ban or tax common hunting ammo

Go to thomas.loc.gov and print out S Amdt 2619, the roll call vote for it, and Kennedy's comments about the .30-30 Winchester.

If he still votes for Kerry, then he's an idiot and if I was there, I'd tell him that to his face. Especially since Kerry also voted for every outsourcing bill that existed.

10 posted on 10/14/2004 2:33:17 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: KJacob
Did the NRA formally endorse Bush last time?

Yes they did and in fact I drove up to Flint after work from Troy (approx. a 45minute drive and an hour to drive home) to participate in the rally. The main arena was filled to capacity by the time I arrived and so they channeled the rest of us into the adjoining arena. FWIW, LaPierre came out to greet all of us who were waiting in line and he was kind enought to sign a protest poster I had brought with me.

11 posted on 10/14/2004 2:59:36 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Can't stop to talk right now, I'm on a Jammie-Jihad....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan
But Paul Rozycki, a political science professor at Mott Community College, said he thinks the NRA's choice was intentional.

Damn right it was and it had nothing to do with Moore. Moore just happens to be the bacteria growing on the feces..........

12 posted on 10/14/2004 3:02:33 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Can't stop to talk right now, I'm on a Jammie-Jihad....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dan from Michigan

Michael Moore's hometown is not Flint.


13 posted on 10/14/2004 3:05:59 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: KJacob

They did support Bush -- that swung West Virginia to Bush (a bit a surprise on election night).


14 posted on 10/14/2004 3:06:43 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat

If Michael (You are what you eat) Moore's town is not Flint, what is it?


15 posted on 10/14/2004 3:09:25 PM PDT by madison10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
A fellow I know is a big sportsman, hunting, angling, trapping, yet he's voting for Kerry.

You didn't tell us which Union Local he is affilliated with......

I have a friend from our plant in Detroit who is a Vietnam Vet and God bless him he is very active in veterans issues and visits the vets at the veterans hospital on a regular basis. he is also a member of the Mt. clemens chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. When I last spoke with him I asked him about his thoughts about Kerry and he said he supported him because he was a Vietnam Vet.......... I asked him about Kerry's postwar activities and he was silent.

Heres the deal on my friend:

1. He is not the brightest bulb in the room but is a good mechanic.

2. He is a member of UAW Local 306........ Nothing more needs to be said

16 posted on 10/14/2004 3:10:22 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Can't stop to talk right now, I'm on a Jammie-Jihad....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: madison10

Flint

Deceit 57



Mrs. Lipscomb is from Flint, Michigan, which Moore calls "my hometown." In fact, Moore grew up in Davison, Michigan, a suburb of Flint. Davison is much wealthier than Flint. According to the Census Bureau, 6 percent of children in the Davison public schools are from families living in poverty, whereas in Flint, 31 percent of children are. Calling Flint your "hometown" when you really grew up in Davison is like calling the Bronx "my hometown" when you really grew up in Westchester County.

Flint is working class, industrial, down-at-heel, where the majority of the population is black or Latino. It's where the factories are.

Davison, where Moore grew up and attended Davison High School, is comfortable middle class, suburban, and white. Overwhelmingly white. It's where the managers and professionals live. While many of the children of Flint go on to work at the factories...the normal trajectory for the children of Davison is university. Michael Moore went to university (though didn't stick long). Unusually, he also went to Flint and tried his hand on the blue-collar front line with a job on the Buick assembly line for General Motors. He found the conditions under which the working class actually worked so appalling he quit the job after one day.

http://www.davekopel.com/Terror/Fiftysix-Deceits-in-Fahrenheit-911.htm


17 posted on 10/14/2004 3:13:13 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat
Michael Moore's hometown is not Flint.

You're right but that is Moore's claim when in fact he is from an upscale suburb of Flint.......

18 posted on 10/14/2004 3:13:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Can't stop to talk right now, I'm on a Jammie-Jihad....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat
Thanks. Rather disingenuous of little Mikey.
19 posted on 10/14/2004 3:20:10 PM PDT by madison10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat

Yep. Davison. It's like claiming Detroit and living in Livonia.


20 posted on 10/14/2004 4:18:59 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Dead or alive, I got a .45 - and I never miss!!!" - AC/DC - Problem Child)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Hot Tabasco

He's with the electrical union.

He, as your friend, says he's voting for the poodle because he's a Nam vet. That, however, doesn't explain his two votes for Clinton.

Some people are just hopeless.


21 posted on 10/14/2004 4:56:47 PM PDT by sergeantdave (ATTENTION - Republicans vote Tuesday. Democrats on Wednesday.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
voting for the poodle

This is great to print out and distribute as widely as possible, as many of us are doing now. It's a good, quick way to help get through to some of our thicker-skulled voters who are unaware of the anti-gun, and anti-hunting stance of Kerry.

NRA's Latest TV and radio ads

22 posted on 10/14/2004 5:08:38 PM PDT by jrewingjr (imnotfrench@foreignhead911.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
Well, I ain't stooopid. But I'm still not too happy with the Bush position on the extension of the AWB.
23 posted on 10/14/2004 6:37:32 PM PDT by ExSoldier (When the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson