Skip to comments.Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America
Posted on 02/20/2010 9:16:46 AM PST by AuntB
Arizona - John McCain has gone out of his way to earn the ire of conservatives and gun owners in his 20-plus years as a U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Perhaps his crowning legislative achievement was so-called campaign finance reform, or the McCain-Feingold law. This law put the muzzle on organizations such as GOA, prohibiting any broadcast advertisements within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election that even mention the name of a candidate for federal office.
Not surprisingly, there is frequently a flurry of activity in Congress in the months right before an election, as politicians try to ram bills through at the end of a session. Forbidding criticism of sitting legislators during these crucial times (although media corporations were exempt) made McCains bill the perfect Incumbent Protection act.
McCains bill prohibited the most important form of speech the Founding Fathers meant to protect with the First Amendment political speech so it was welcome news when the Supreme Court recently repudiated much of the McCain bill as an assault on liberty.
But it should not come as a surprise that McCain does not want voters hear about what hes up to in Washington, because the same person who holds the First Amendment in contempt would also like to run the Second Amendment through a shredder.
John McCain may have begun as a pro-gun legislator, but when he decided to become a gun control maverick, he went all out.
Since his conversion to a gun control advocate over the last ten years, McCain has favored a ban on small and inexpensive handguns and considered a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms (so-called assault weapons).
In what was his boldest move against American gun owners, however, McCain authored a bill to that could only have been designed to close down gun shows. In addition to regulating all private sales at gun shows, his bill would have placed onerous licensing requirements on gun show promoters and would essentially have registered the millions of people who attend gun shows. Under the burdens of the McCain bill, no promoter in the country would put on a gun show and, if they did, gun owners would likely not attend.
Thanks to McCain, the inaccurate and misleading phrase gun show loophole became a part of the anti-Second Amendment crowds lexicon.
The truth is, there is no gun show loophole; firearms transactions are conducted the same inside a gun show as they are anyplace else.
In 2000, McCain became a spokesman for a gun control organization (now defunct) called Americans for Gun Safety, a group that advocated licensing and registering all gun owners. The group ran radio and TV ads with McCain supporting ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon that would impose McCains favorite restrictions on gun shows.
These ads were a way for McCain to stick it to gun owners, after a gun show bill stalled in the Congress.
I think that if the Congress wont act, the least I can do is support the initiative in states where its on the ballot, McCain said in an interview.
In 2001, the group ran advertisements in movie theaters featuring McCain urging people to keep their guns locked up for the sake of the children. In the ads, he greatly exaggerated the risks of children gaining access to firearms in the home, and at the same time completely ignored the danger of having guns locked away if they are needed to thwart a criminal attack.
After the 2001 terror attacks, when Gun Owners of America and tens of thousands of commercial airline pilots were pushing legislation to arm pilots as a defense against terrorism, McCain prepared an amendment that would have replaced firearms with stun guns. GOA pointed out at the time how stun guns would not be effective against the type of attacks that could occur in a cockpit.
John McCain may pretend to be pro-gun (especially in election years) but he has plunged his dagger deep into the backs of gun rights supporters. He may fancy himself as a maverick in shining armor, riding to rescue the American people, but all the while he has trampled the Bill of Rights underfoot.
Thankfully, this year gun owners have a choice. Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who was A rated by Gun Owners of America in his twelve years in the House of Representatives, is challenging McCain in the 2010 Republican primary.
J.D. respects the Constitution and understands that the Second Amendment was put there by the Founding Fathers to always ensure that the people would have the means to preserve their liberty.
During his time in the Congress, J.D. Hayworth did not vote one way in election years and another way when in nonelection years. J.D. consistently supported the Second Amendment, and that is just the type of leadership gun owners in Arizona will vote for in November.
Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse J.D. Hayworth for U.S. Senate and urges gun owners and sportsmen from across America to help defeat anti-gunner McCain.
Please visit J.D. on the web at http://www.jdforsenate.com to make the most generous contribution possible. Working together, we can win this fight and gain a Second Amendment ally in the U.S. Senate.
Tim Macy Vice Chairman Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 http://www.gunowners.org
Title slightly altered to fit.
Gun Owners of America Political Victory Endorses J.D. Hayworth for Congress John McCain Wrong for Arizona, Wrong for America
“In 2000, McCain became a spokesman for a gun control organization (now defunct) called Americans for Gun Safety, a group that advocated licensing and registering all gun owners. The group ran radio and TV ads with McCain supporting ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon that would impose McCains favorite restrictions on gun shows.”
We know them by their actions.
” The only good decision I can remember him ever making was selecting Palin.”
We actually don’t really know if it was *his* decision.
By all accounts, he wanted Lieberman.
“Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America”
McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.
looks like McCain is going down in flames one more time (maybe twice more actually).
Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America
McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.”
It will be interesting to see what NRA does with this race.
Hopefully some of their PC board directors won’t be their voice. Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.
Go get ‘em JD!
“Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.”
He still is. I’ve thought of resigning my membership over it, but don’t want to kill myself. ;)
I don’t like the way the BOD voting works. My votes are counted differently depending on how many people I select and there is little discussion on those running. We just get the NRA-recommended ones listed with bios in AR.
The celebrites like the Nuge and Selleck have name recognition, but people like Norquist aren’t widely known.
” McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.
And Soros. “
Speaking of Soros, I notice he’s taken over citigroup. But then he funded many of McCain’s little scams.
Look who gets the big contributions from Citigroup (not to mention the other list of usual liberal suspects.)
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle.
Merrill Lynch $373,595
Citigroup Inc $322,051
Morgan Stanley $273,452
Goldman Sachs $230,095
JPMorgan Chase & Co $228,107
US Government $208,379
AT&T Inc $201,438
Wachovia Corp $195,063
UBS AG $192,493
Credit Suisse Group $183,353
US Army $167,820
Bank of America $166,026
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $159,596
Blank Rome LLP $154,226
Greenberg Traurig LLP $146,437
US Dept of Defense $144,105
FedEx Corp $131,974
Bear Stearns $117,498
Lehman Brothers $114,357
GOA are right!!
Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.
He still is. Ive thought of resigning my membership over it, but dont want to kill myself. ;)”
I hear ya. Perhaps GOA is the way to go. Not surprising that Grover has endorsed McCain. I hope NRA doesn’t follow.
I registered as a Democrat in AZ just so I could vote for the weaker candidate in the primaries. That’s gonna change as I want Mscain OUT.
It is my understanding that if you registered as an Independent, you couldn’t vote in the primaries, but I hear that has changed, so I might go Indy just to tweak the Pubbies.
On a separate note, one thing that impressed me with GOA - something that the NRA never did - and that was to send me a postcard urging me to vote for a local judge who had a good gun-rights record. Those are also the guys to support, but info is sometimes scarce.
” I hope NRA doesnt follow.”
They have a history of supporting incumbents if the incumbent has a decent record on guns. We’ll see how much vetting they’ve done. Norquist and the rest of the BOD have little actual impact on the ILA operations (lobbying arm of NRA).
McCain spoke at the 2008 NRA Convention. I’m afraid I went to the hotel bar instead. ;)
Yes, it was a good for MeCain decision. His credentials wouldn’t stand up, so he needed desperately to borrow the credentials of someone else.
It baffles me to see folks think he was doing Palin a favor in 2008. No. HELL NO! He was doing himself a favor folks.
I don’t call him MeCain for no good reason. Without Palin he gets something like 30% of the vote, wins possibly one state, and goes down in history as the cantankerous old two-face sell-out (of Conservatives and Conservatism) prune that he is.
John is the adult version of a high school student who has burnt all his bridges at an early age. He’s well known, but he’s a canker sore socially. Then he loses his drivers license, and is on foot. What to do?
John finds some kid that isn’t well known, that has a nice car and offers to befriend him. Of course the kid thinks this is a great offer. Here’s a guy well known by the student body. What a lucky break.
So John gets a free ride wherever he wants to go. He has an instant connection to a more decent group of people, and suddenly looks like a great guy.
After six months, John gets his license back, and the new friend is jettisoned. Not a call, no messages, John is history. He’s back in big with his old set of friends, other consummate losers.
Twelve months later John’s got big plans for something, and he needs the kid he jettisoned. And every describes this as the other kid owing John.
B.S. John MeCain is the ultimate loser user.
Citi MS & Goldman gave more than twice those numbers to Obama and look where it got them!
University of California $1,591,395
Goldman Sachs $994,795
Harvard University $854,747
Microsoft Corp $833,617
Google Inc $803,436
Citigroup Inc $701,290
JPMorgan Chase & Co $695,132
Time Warner $590,084
Sidley Austin LLP $588,598
Stanford University $586,557
National Amusements Inc $551,683
UBS AG $543,219
Wilmerhale Llp $542,618
Skadden, Arps et al $530,839
IBM Corp $528,822
Columbia University $528,302
Morgan Stanley $514,881
General Electric $499,130
US Government $494,820
Latham & Watkins $493,835 )
same source as yours.
“It is my understanding that if you registered as an Independent, you couldnt vote in the primaries, but I hear that has changed, so I might go Indy just to tweak the Pubbies.”
There is an article on FR from yesterday that the AZ GOP may be closing the primary to independents. Check before you switch.
“It baffles me to see folks think he was doing Palin a favor in 2008. No. HELL NO! He was doing himself a favor folks.”
Preach it brother!!!
DOES SARAH PALIN KNOW ABOUT THIS?
Plus, can anyone here even imagine how bad McCain will be during his last 7 years as a Senator - all the issues that he’s soft on will result in reconcilement with the liberals, big time - no re-election to hold him back.
He’s got to go AZ!
Plus, can anyone here even imagine how bad McCain will be during his last 7 years as a Senator - all the issues that hes soft on will result in reconcilement with the liberals, big time - no re-election to hold him back.
Hes got to go AZ!”
Very good point, plus he’s just going to get more senile!
ACORN WILL NO DOUBT BE HIRING BIGTIME IN 2010. AFTER ALL OBAMA PROMISED JOBS, DIDN’T HE?
John has sold us out over and over and over again.
I have wanted to see this guy gone since the late 1990s, when I became aware of what a bastard he truly is.
John’s punitive measures directed at Bush after November 2000, made it clear that nothing was more important to him than himself.
John started a full bore talking head appearance Juggernaut that lasted for years, that undercut Bush and more importantly the Republican party.
This could have been a good thing if it has been done to move Bush to the right, but it was directed at disagreeing with Bush, and belittling him more than anything else.
John was the leftist media’s best friend in those days.
Folks, I was not a big Bush fan. I didn’t care for him. I would have liked to have seen him rule more to the right, but I did not constantly disagee with everything he did. If it was good, I praised him for it. MeCain on the other hand, didn’t like anything Bush did. He attacked most everything Bush did with one exception. He liked the immigration reform plans of Bush. Other than that he hurled so many second guesses, that some of them were bound to be right. On countless things, he was dead wrong.
He tried to take credit for the surge, but this was just one of hundreds of disagreements with Bush, that MeCain luckily got right. The others just faded off with nobody remembering them.
Nobody did more to defeat the Republicans between 2001 and 2009, than John MeCain. He even developed working relationships with George Soros, Terresa Heinz Kerry, and the Tides Foundation. Folks, can we be honest here? Jesus Christ didn’t extend his influence by teaming up with Satan.
That’s a lesson lost on John MeCain, because he has sided with the worst players we know and their minions. He has opposed everything we stand for at one time or another.
You don’t mingle with Soros, both Kerrys, Kennedy, Feingold, Lieberman, and others to support lefist ideology, unless you’re a fellow traveler.
This man has got to do. If we as Republicans can’t remove him, we’re the most ineffective party in the history of man. The Republican party has major problems, but even the R.P. pales in comparison to John MeCain. If it can’t get rid of him, it is dead to me.
Do you hear me Steele?
I wonder which way the NRA will go
I get it sent to me...I’m a GOA member. ;)
“I wonder which way the NRA will go”
J.D. is working on it...check it out!
J.D. Hayworth, CPAC Superstar
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J.D. Hayworth, the former congressman from Arizona who announced a primary bid against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) this month, is all over CPAC. Last night he hit the NRAs pre-dinner reception, and spent every second pumping hands and making small talk. If people didnt know who he was when they met him, they came away buzzing.
Hes running against John McCain! said one student in a pinstriped suit, reuniting with a friend after meeting Hayworth. Thats awesome! As they moved on, Hayworth moved on to Wayne LaPierre, president of the NRA, who said Thank you to Hayworth and chatted in full view of partygoers. At the dinner, Hayworth moved through the tables, talking to reporters and fans, and practically jumped out of his seat when the emcee, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), asked 2010 candidates to stand.
Call NRA and ask ‘em - I plan to before I renew -800-672-3888
Call GOA and congratulate them: 703-321-8585
OK, thanks - I did plan to surf the web on that to make sure.
NICE little speech from J.D. yesterday.
Running against GOP establishment, Rubio, Hayworth find allies among conservative activists
“If you want to see how politicians undergo campaign-year conversions, you’ve got my friend,” Hayworth said before pausing. “I hate using that term, because he uses it all the time you have my senior senator, John McCain.”
Hayworth is more brash than Rubio, but he also believes there is a national movement against party establishment candidates.
“What we’re seeing across the country is not anger as much as it is frustration and the feeling that there’s a disconnection among the current crop of elected leaders,” Hayworth said. “In much the same way that Governor Crist embraced Barack Obama, so, too, my opponent, our senior senator, has enabled President Obama to make some very unwise decisions.”
Hayworth cited McCain’s support for closing the prison for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his opposition to harsh interrogation techniques that are widely considered torture.
And Hayworth questions why McCain brags about launching a “scorched earth” campaign against him.
“Arizona voters are coming up to me and saying ‘Where was this against Obama in the presidential race?’” Hayworth said. “John is saving his scorn and his vitriol for a conservative. I don’t think that helps him.”
Good for GOA. I knew there was a reason I liked these guys...
His tack (nautical term) to the right has been in anticipation of this election.
He will betray America once again if given the chance.
It doesn’t help to have the new TV star Palin, with her bully pulpit deal at Fox pimping for McCaim.
Voting rule interpretation has been abused pretty badly these last few cycles. Last election they refused to let me vote because the address printed on the front of my Driver License wasn't correct, even though I had made my changes of address in a fully legal and proper way with MVD. I eventually got to vote because I had back-up forms of ID available.
I don't think it's up to the GOP, although they have a lot of sway in the Legislature and the Ninth Floor..
By all accounts, he wanted Lieberman.
It wasn't his unilateral decision and he would have picked Lieberman if left up to him. Charlie Black had to grab McQueeg by the lapels and read Juan the writing on the wall. Pick Palin if you want to stand a slim chance of winning, or at least avoid a totally humiliating defeat. McCain chose Palin, let her carry his conservative cross to the crucifixion, then spent the rest of the time praising Obama on the campaign trail.
Where i live, there are at least 2 gun shows every year and draws many, many people.
Seems like most everything Mack the knife does is anti-freedom, anti-Con (Constitution and conservative.)
The Republican party needs a new direction. I think we’re all pretty much agreed about that.
Sadly, some people think a 360 degree turn is all that is needed.
The more things change...