Skip to comments.NRA Now Leans Toward Endorsing Harry Reid
Posted on 07/01/2010 7:08:29 AM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe
Multiple sources tell me the National Rifle Association is planning to endorse liberal Harry Reid against pro-gun champion Sharron Angle.
Two weeks ago, I told you about the carveout the NRA received in exchange for their support for the DISCLOSE ACT deal.
Then this week, RedState broke the story of the gag order the NRA issued to members of its Board on the Kagan nomination.
Now, Im getting credible reports that the NRA is leaning toward endorsing Harry Reid, even though the NRA is finally saying it will score a vote on Kagan something that was not a sure thing.
Why would they do this? Why would they go out of their way to protect a Senator who has demonstrated a repeated hostility to the Second Amendment in his votes and his leadership?
Well, I thought perhaps the NRA carveout in the DISCLOSE Act might be the answer. But, there is more. It turns out, Reid secured a $61 million earmark for a gun range in Clark County, Nevada.
NRA members were recently treated to a three-page spread in the American Rifleman about a visit to Nevada by Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox to thank Reid for the earmark. The article even includes a cliché picture of Reid cutting a ribbon with a gigantic pair of scissors. (Every good porker has his own giant pair of gold earmark scissors.) More here.
Here is a video of the event from Reids youtube site.
At 3:25, you can hear LaPierre touting Reids record on guns saying, I also want to thank you, Senator, for your support every day for the Second Amendment and for the rights of American gun owners.
The American Rifleman article also commends Reids Second Amendment record noting, His dedication to this project is just one of the ways Sen. Reid has demonstrated his support for gun owners and the Second Amendment.
Well, thats all very nice. What politician representing a pro-gun red state wouldnt want Wayne LaPierre to come out for a personal photo op at their earmark ribbon cutting.
But, here is the problem. Reid has not supported the Second Amendment every day. Or ever.
Reid has a lifetime rating of F from Gun Owners of America (who Ron Paul once called the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington). GOA is actively supporting the 100% pro-gun Republican nominee, Sharron Angle, in her campaign to unseat Harry Reid.
But if you dont believe GOA, see for yourself below the fold. Then call (800) 392-VOTE (8683) before it is too late and make the NRA knows theyd be betraying second amendment voters by endorsing Harry Reid.
Below are just a few of the votes that demonstrate Reids longstanding hostility to guns and the Second Amendment. Not included in this list is the long list of consistent and active support for anti-gun nominees to the Federal Judiciary and to high level cabinet posts. The reason I did not include anti-gun nominees is because he supported every last one of them.
June 28, 1991. Vote No. 115. Voted for a 5 day waiting period for handgun purchases.
October 21, 1993. Vote 325. Voted to eliminate the Army Civilian Marksmanship Program. Only the most fringe anti-gun Senators voted for the amendment.
November 19, 1993. Vote 385. Allow states to impose waiting periods over and above the 5 days waiting period required under the Brady Bill.
November 19, 1993. Vote 386. Voted to eliminate he 5-year sunset in the Brady Bill.
November 19, 1993. Vote 387. Voted to close off debate on the Brady Bill.
November 19, 1993. Vote 390. Voted to close off debate on the Brady Bill.
November 20, 1993. Vote 394. Voted for the Brady Bill, which imposed a 5-business-day waiting period before purchasing a handgun.
August 25, 1994. Vote 294. Voted to close off debate on the Clinton Crime Bill, which contained the ban on so-called assault weapons.
August 25, 1994. Vote 295. Voted for the Clinton Crime Bill, which contained the ban on so-called assault weapons.
April 17, 1996. Vote 64. Voted to expand the statute of limitations for paperwork violations in National Firearms Act from 3 years to 5 years.
June 27, 1996. Vote 178. Voting to destroy 176,000 M-1 Garand rifles from World War II, and 150 million rounds of 30 caliber ammunition, rather than giving them to the Federal Civilian Marksmanship program.
September 12, 1996. Vote 287. Voted to spend $21.5 million for a study on putting taggants in black and smokeless gunpowder.
September 12, 1996. Vote 290. Voted to make it a Federal crime to possess a gun within 1,000 yards of a school.
May 12, 1999. Vote 111. Voted to give the Treasury Department expansive new authority to regulate and keep records on gun shows and their participants, and criminalize many intrastate firearms transactions.
May 13, 1999. Vote 116. Voted to ban the importation of ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 rounds.
May 14, 1999. Vote 119. Voted to criminalize internet advertisements to sell legal firearms in a legal manner.
May 18, 1999. Vote 122. Voted to for Mandatory triggerlocks.
May 20, 1999. Vote 133. Voted to create new Federal regulation of pawn shops handling of guns.
May 20, 1999. Vote 134. Voted to give the Treasury Department expansive new authority to regulate and keep records on gun shows and their participants, and criminalize many intrastate firearms transactions. The vote was 50-50, with Vice President Gore casting the tie-breaking vote.
May 20, 1999. Vote 140. Voted for the Clinton Juvenile Justice bill, which contained a package of gun control measures.
July 29, 1999. Vote 224. Voted to close debate on the Clinton Juvenile Justice bill, which contained a package of gun control measures.
February 2, 2000. Vote 4. Voted to make firearms manufacturers and distributors debts nondischargeable in bankruptcy if they were sued because they unknowingly sold guns to individuals who used the gun in a crime. 68 Senators voted against Reids position, including 17 Democrats including Bryan of Nevada.
March 2, 2000. Vote 27. Voted to say that school violence was due to the fact that Congress failed to pass reasonable, common-sense gun control measures and call for new gun ownership restrictions on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.
March 2, 2000. Vote 28. Voted to say that school violence was due to the fact that Congress failed to pass reasonable, common-sense gun control measures and call for new gun ownership restrictions on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings (reconsideration of vote 27).
March 2, 2000. Vote 32. Voted to use Federal taxpayer funds to hand out anti-gun literature in schools and to run anti-gun public service announcements.
April 6, 2000. Vote 64. Voted for a gun control package including new onerous restrictions on gun shows.
April 7, 2000. Vote 74. Voted against an amendment to provide for the enforcement of existing gun laws in lieu of new burdensome gun control mandates.
May 16, 2000. Vote 100. Voted to commend the participants of the so-called Million Mom March for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures.
May 17, 2000. Vote 102. Vote to overturn the ruling of the chair that the Daschle amendment (commending the participants of the so-called Million Mom March for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures) was out of order.
May 17, 2000. Vote 103. Voted against an amendment stating the right of each law-abiding United States citizen to own a firearm for any legitimate purpose, including self-defense or recreation, should not be infringed.
May 17, 2000. Vote 104. Voted for an amendment commending the participants of the so-called Million Mom March for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures.
February 26, 2004. Vote 17. Voted for mandatory triggerlocks.
March 2, 2004. Vote 25. Voted for Federal regulation of gun shows.
July 28, 2005. Vote 207. Voted for mandatory triggerlocks.
March 5, 2009. Vote 83. Voted against a ban on the United Nations imposing taxes on American citizens after France and other world leaders proposed a global tax on firearms.
FReeper NRA members need to make their feelings known, including canceling their memberships if necessary and joining GOA instead. We have a golden opportunity to get rid of Dingy Harry and replace him with a true conservative.
Don't let the NRA sell you out!
What do the DEMS HAVE ON LAPIERRE????// MUST BE BIG!!!!
Can someone confirm this with a link to a statement by the NRA? This smells of bovine scatology.
What is going on with them?
If the NRA does endorse Reid, They Will NEVER get another cent from me and my lifetime membership will be canceled immediately.
it appears obvious a major schism has developed between the NRA-ILA executive director and several members of the board of directors. As one board member told me, The bottom line is Chris (Cox) wants to have all decisions go through him and have no board involvement in decisions about or communications with Congress. He was the problem with the DISCLOSE Act. Hes the issue re the SCOTUS nominees.
Yeah but $61 Million buys a lot of loyalty. I can’t imagine spending $61 Million on a shooting range. Did I read that correctly?
It was in their magazine - America’s First Freedom.
Reid was instrumental in getting money into Nevada in order to build a VERY NICE shooting range.
The article was very favorable.
If they do , I don’t RENEW!!!
So, Reid’s in favor of building a shooting range,
and I’m sure he’d be in favor of you “storing” your guns there under the watchful eye of a government agent as well.
And there lies the problem in this country. Everyone is for sale.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the kiss up article about Reid in last month’s American Rifleman. That’s all I needed to see to know that the NRA would support his re-election.
I am glad now that I did not accept their invitation to join them 10 years ago. Harry Reid....yuch!
What happened to the NRA?
This is so unbelievable, the NRA has apparently chosen to do another Crazy Ivan to the left, and this on the heals of their tacit endorsement of Schumer's selective and deceitful First Amendment-killing "DISCLOSE" Act, no less!
I called the NRA and found out that to cancel one's NRA membership, you must do so in writing. The address is on the memb. card.
It would mean the end of the NRA.
As the Republican’s Go, so the NRA goes ... Big suprise (not)
Eventually every advocacy group becomes corrupted. The Sierra Club started out with noble aims as did MADD. Now they are just power hungry money grubbers. The same thing has happened to the NRA. The executives of any “non-profit” entity will eventually find that being a player in big government is far more lucrative than asking people for money.
The NRA is about to become the SMALLEST oldest civil rights organization in America. People will quit by the 100’s of thousands.
I give to Gun Owners of America.
David Keene (of American Conservative Union and CPAC) is First Vice President on the NRA. But, anyone who follows Keene realizes he would sell his mother’s soul to the devil and not lose a moment of sleep.
The NRA already endorsed Reid. WTF?
I expect that in about 5 to 10 years, the NRA will become the nations leader in the cause of severely restricting public access to guns.
Sarah Brady will be the Chairperson.
If people have contacts with the NRA, they need to know that I have written an expose on harry reid that includes his taking bribes from Mustang Ranch pimp Joe Conforte. I have other interviews going on that are just as explosive. Click on my name for more details, I am in a rush.
Everyone calm down. They haven’t made this endorsement. Someone just said they heard they might.
You know,I tend to agree with you...in fact, it would be much better if support for many important issues(abortion,gun rights,etc.)was taken out of such colossal organizations as the NRA and put into numerous smaller associations, for example,individual PACs,state GOAs,etc., and each state just manage lobbying not at the national level but within each state...more locally...scale it down to a point that it’s more easily scrutinized,managed and there’s a sense of checks and balances....sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better.
Wonder no more as to what a “Death Wish” looks like.
They don't HAVE to endorse anyone!
The NRA HAS BEEN INFILTRATED!
“Why would they do this?”
For the same reason All Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would never want “discrimination” to go away.
Yep. He's just like the guy he endorses for Prez: the Mittster
No, the NRA has always worked against us in the background.
Nothing new here.
“We finally, really, did it. YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! AH DAMN YOU! G*D DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!”
You got that exactly right!
The supposed “cause” is only important in the beginning. After that, it’s power politics as usual.
Took your ‘Tool’ pill this AM, I see.
Has Wayne LaPierre received some offer-that-cannot-be-refused ?
IF it's true, I'm with you. I'd even consider a class action suit by life members to recover membership fees.
“The NRA HAS BEEN INFILTRATED!”
Worse than that. If the NRA could be bought off, what could happen next is the NRA becomes the keepers of the firearm records as mandated by congress. A centralized system for licnsing, permits, etc. And they already have the database with every member. And they all own weapons.
Get one more liberal judge on scotus, the NRA supports the repeal of the 2nd amendment and badabing, you have Communism. Because they will come for the guns.
Only a liberal backed gun range could cost $61million, it must have sky boxes for observation.
The problem with the U.S. in a nutshell, outright waste supporting corrupt organizations who will sell out their supporters for short term gain.
Untill we get past this immediate gratfication metality we cannot turn this country around.
” I cant imagine spending $61 Million on a shooting range. Did I read that correctly?”
Most of that will go directly to the coffers of the local Democrap machine.
Rinos, both of them.
The NRA was gone in the 1950’s leading to the 1968 gun laws, and they have been muzzling the board for quite some time. I have tried for years to see what some seem to see in the organization. Sorry, almost every political action, is the antithesis of my second amendment, if not my core beliefs. I just cannot stomach the confusion the organization foments. Membership numbers aren’t everything, but they do generate a bunch of income.