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NRA-ILA Exec. Dir. Chris Cox Responds to Internet Rumors
NRA-ILA ^ | June 30, 2010 | Chris Cox

Posted on 07/01/2010 5:17:42 PM PDT by neverdem


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NRA-ILA Exec. Dir. Chris Cox Responds to Internet Rumors

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The NRA has received a number of questions about blog posts that claim I issued a “gag order” to NRA board members on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.  This is absurd and wrong. 

This claim shows complete ignorance of how the NRA operates.  NRA staff, including everyone (myself included) at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, work for the NRA Executive Vice President, who in turn works for the NRA board, which in turn is elected by NRA’s voting members. 

Under the NRA by-laws, NRA-ILA has "sole responsibility to administer the legislative, legal, informational and fund raising activities of the Association relating to the defense or furtherance of the right to keep and bear arms, in accordance with the objectives and policies established by the Board of Directors.”  To carry out that mission, NRA-ILA strives to ensure that the NRA’s positions are clear and based on the most accurate information possible.

The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is not to be taken lightly. That’s why, when Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement in April, I sent an e-mail to NRA board members and staff stating that with the critical case of McDonald v. Chicago still pending before the Court, “it is very important that NRA not comment on Justice Stevens nor engage in speculation on potential successors.” 

Similarly, when the President nominated Solicitor General Kagan to the Court in May, I sent a message to the NRA Board pointing out her lack of a judicial record; noting that NRA-ILA was reviewing all available information; and stating that “it is important that we all refrain from commenting until we know more about Kagan’s views regarding the Second Amendment.”  Again, I referenced the fact that NRA has a case pending before the Court.

When Ms. Kagan was nominated, little information on her record was available.  More recently, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library has released an enormous volume of documents from her time in the White House.  NRA-ILA staff has reviewed these carefully and they raise serious concerns.  As we said last week:

What we've seen to date shows a hostility towards our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, such as her role in developing the Clinton Administration's 1998 ban on importation of many models of semi-automatic rifles; her note mentioning the NRA and the Ku Klux Klan as “bad guy” organizations; and her comment to Justice Marshall that she was “not sympathetic” to a challenge to Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban.

Respect for the Senate confirmation process requires that a nominee be given the opportunity to explain his or her position on critical issues affecting gun owners.  That’s why the NRA has been working with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make sure she is thoroughly questioned on these issues.  Once the hearings are complete, the NRA will announce its position on her confirmation.

This is exactly the approach the NRA took last year when we opposed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.  Early in the process, we expressed our serious concerns about her record. We announced our opposition after her confirmation hearings ended without evidence that she would properly respect our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and apply it to the states.  Her dissenting vote in McDonald v. Chicago confirmed that our position was correct.

Unfortunately, false Internet rumors are far too often repeated as fact.  Rest assured, however, that the NRA is fully committed to representing the interests of our members and all gun owners in this process and defending the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as we do in all legislative, legal and political arenas.




Find this item at: http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=13972


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: angle; banglist; goa; kagan; kagantruthfile; nra; reid
There's an almost ten minute YouTube video at the source with Chris Cox.
1 posted on 07/01/2010 5:17:45 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Rest assured, however, that the NRA is fully committed to representing the interests of our members and all gun owners in this process and defending the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as we do in all legislative, legal and political arenas.

Then why are they supporting Harry Reid?

2 posted on 07/01/2010 5:22:38 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: neverdem

He Better get on you tube and deny that support that GD Reid or he is finished and so is the NRA. That SUCKS!!


3 posted on 07/01/2010 5:26:54 PM PDT by mpeters
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To: facedown

“Then why are they supporting Harry Reid? “

Perhaps they’ll look at whether Harry votes to support this Gun-Grabber for the Court - and if he does, they’ll change their position on him (since Angle will be at least as good on guns, but would NEVER support a woman like her).

THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DO SO.


4 posted on 07/01/2010 5:28:21 PM PDT by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
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To: facedown

good question...why do they support Harry


5 posted on 07/01/2010 5:29:58 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: neverdem
I just emailed them about Harry Reid, if they endorse him I'm out of there!

The days of wishy washy are over, it is time to pick a side and stand fast!

6 posted on 07/01/2010 5:40:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: neverdem

>> Cox: “This is absurd and wrong.”

The National Association of Absurd and Wrong.

I was hoping NAAW was going to clarify the Reid rumors.


7 posted on 07/01/2010 5:44:45 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: BobL

I have every right to question the direction and leadership of the NRA.

I’m done with them.


8 posted on 07/01/2010 5:46:04 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: neverdem

Recent headlines from a compromised NRA.

NRA Now Leans Toward Endorsing Harry Reid
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2545151/posts

NRA holding its fire on Kagan, puzzling other on right
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2544692/posts

NRA Discourages Board Members From Testifying Against Kagan
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2542882/posts

NRA bails on Constitution to pursue self-interest ( NRA sells out Constitution to get exemption)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2541243/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2541638/posts

AUDIO: Wayne LaPierre Tries to Explain NRA Position on Campaign Law and Fails
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2539697/posts

The NRA’s Deal with the Devil
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2537134/posts

NRA endorsement of McCain destroys groups credibility (McNasty attempting to buy his reelection)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2528763/posts

Friendly Fire (should I burn my NRA membership?)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2528343/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2541638/posts


9 posted on 07/01/2010 5:48:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: neverdem

“When Ms. Kagan was nominated, little information on her record was available.”

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Total Horse $hit!

kagen has not been any secret, and everything about her is frightening.

Time for the NRA to get real.


10 posted on 07/01/2010 5:49:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: BobL

Angle is rock solid on gun rights; Dingy Harry is a two-stepping sleaze.
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11 posted on 07/01/2010 5:53:00 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: editor-surveyor
They are pretending that craven fear of gun owning voters equates to support for gun rights....

Dead wrong...

pro-gun democrats are like pro-life democrats...ghosts....you hear about them but they never materialize...

12 posted on 07/01/2010 6:14:47 PM PDT by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I also notified NRA that if they endorse Harry Reid my many years as a member will come to an end. They responded that endorsements will be made closer to the election and noted that Harry has been supportive of NRA issues. Tough. Harry also has helped ruin the country. If Harry gets their endorsement I become a member of Gun Owners of America. (I may anyway).


13 posted on 07/01/2010 6:21:38 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: From The Deer Stand

Harry will do whatever Obama tells him to do, not what NRA wants him to do.


14 posted on 07/01/2010 6:26:05 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
"I just emailed them about Harry Reid, if they endorse him I'm out of there!"

I left the NRA years ago because they endorsed John Murtha. Trust me, they'll support Reid again too.

15 posted on 07/01/2010 6:38:10 PM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: facedown; All

I thought I was on a political website?

How the hell can you be so brain dead stupid?

Step one: Get rid of Harry Reid

Step two: Fail to have a Republican majority in the Congress

Step three: Watch as an antigun leftist fills Harry’s job

Step four: Watch as dozens of antigun bills flood the Congress

Step five: Complain to the NRA they aren’t doing enough to stop dozens of bills in Congress


16 posted on 07/01/2010 7:05:50 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: neverdem; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Thanks neverdem.
17 posted on 07/01/2010 7:35:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Shooter 2.5
The moronic NRA boot licker posts again. You never did explain why you think it's so wonderful that the NRA supports anti-gun bills like the NICS improvement act, the Lautenburg amendment, and cop-only CCW laws while not supporting constitutional carry initiatives or national CCW for everyone.

Did you make your donation to the Brady center yet? You lazy fudds make me sick.

18 posted on 07/01/2010 8:00:12 PM PDT by Dayman
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To: neverdem
You jest keep buckin and wingin, Chris. If y'all endorse Harry Reid, y'all will be enjoying sum o’ that home cooked Obama unemployment...
19 posted on 07/01/2010 8:01:12 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
For decades the NRA was a STALWART, BEDROCK in defense of the 2nd.

Now, just lackys looking for a government handout.

I'm thoroughly disgusted. I'll be ending all membership and will NEVER look back.

20 posted on 07/01/2010 8:04:41 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, Uss Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Shooter 2.5
How the hell can you be so brain dead stupid?

Who the hell do you think you are?

Step one: Get rid of Harry Reid

Step two: Help succeed in having a Republican majority in the Congress

Step three: Help elect a conservative pro-2A candidate to fill Harry's job

Step four and five are obviated.

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I've been a certified NRA instructor and life member for decades so you can KMA.

NRA is wrong on this one and so are you.

21 posted on 07/01/2010 8:07:27 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Shooter 2.5

And what if we fall one senator short of taking the senate and that senator is Harry Reid? Then it will be the NRA that gave the dems control.


22 posted on 07/01/2010 8:08:01 PM PDT by shempy (BOYCOTT GM & CHRYSLER - support American VALUES!)
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To: neverdem

Non-denial denial.


23 posted on 07/01/2010 8:24:28 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: From The Deer Stand

I to will drop the nra nad go with the goa.


24 posted on 07/01/2010 8:30:40 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mariner

I used to be a member of the NRA but dropped it after I had read an article in Backwoods Magazine about other things that they have done to prove that they are a special interest group that is only interested in themselves.

I received my renewal notice and in return I sent that back unfilled attached with a letter stating that I am never going to support their organization in any form and attached the article and a couple of others I found to support my decision. For some reason they never replied back. I guess with 4 million plus members one less member is no loss to them.

I am hoping that more and more people flee from the NRA similarly to the way people who were members of the AARP left in droves. Once the hemorrhaging starts they might reconsider their stances and do some house cleaning. Until then other great organizations such as the GOA, SAF, and RKBA will pick up the slack.


25 posted on 07/01/2010 8:39:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Crim
pro-gun democrats are like pro-life democrats...ghosts....you hear about them but they never materialize...

You are 100% dead right on this. There is NO such animal as a pro-life demoRAT or pro-gun demoRAT. They will turn around in a heart beat to betray pro-life or pro-gun issues, and then suddenly pivot again & reverse once Peelowsi or dirty dingy Reid determines that the RATs have enough votes to pass any type of leftist crap they are advancing.

26 posted on 07/01/2010 8:41:43 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: neverdem

Now I know I am completely ignorant of how the NRA operates.
Is Chris Cox channeling Pelosi?


27 posted on 07/01/2010 8:46:59 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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NRA is evil? Perhaps a campaign to discredit the NRA?

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

28 posted on 07/01/2010 9:48:38 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others cite your source.)
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To: neverdem

Is this the Chris Cox was was a CA congressman at one time or someone else?


29 posted on 07/01/2010 9:55:46 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Shooter 2.5
Step one: Get rid of Harry Reid

Step two: Fail to have a Republican majority in the Congress

Step three: Watch as an antigun leftist fills Harry’s job

Step four: Watch as dozens of antigun bills flood the Congress

Step Five: Force the 45 to 48 GOP Sens. to filibuster every bill

Step Six: Finish the job and win the Senate in 2012.

30 posted on 07/01/2010 10:42:58 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Carling
SEND SHARRON ANGLE A FEW BUCKS...SHE NEEEDS US AND WE NEED HER. DOWN WITH HARRY REID - WE NEED TO TAKE HARRY DOWN!

www.sharronangle.com

31 posted on 07/01/2010 11:09:30 PM PDT by itssme
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To: neverdem

So, maybe Cox thinks he can get a little soft now that McDonald is over and won? Maybe that’s why we’re hearing the Reid rumors? The NRA’s tact of late really has me bumfuzzled. The DISCLOSE support was basically inexcusable.

If they do back Reid, then the fundraising calls harping on Obama’s agenda will ring pretty hollow.


32 posted on 07/01/2010 11:34:43 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: facedown; Shooter 2.5

Shooter always supports the NRA and thinks every other pro 2nd amendment organization is worthless.

He’s apparently ok with their supporting Harry and the Disclose Act.


33 posted on 07/02/2010 4:04:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: OneLoyalAmerican
Perhaps a campaign to discredit the NRA?

The NRA is doing a great job at discrediting themselves...

With the number of Members leaving the group, one would think they would take hard actions to reinvigorate their base, instead of shoveling them towards the door with their non-statements trying to justify their actions...

34 posted on 07/02/2010 4:09:23 AM PDT by AvOrdVet ("Put the wagons in a circle for all the good it'll do")
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To: facedown
The NRA is going to have to address the Harry Reid stories.

If the NRA supports Reid the organization has jumped the shark.

No matter how much Reid may give lip service to his support for 2A, and no matter what his voting record is, he was still integral in getting Sotomayor and Kagan, who I think is certain to be confirmed may I be wrong, on the bench.

35 posted on 07/02/2010 6:35:53 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Tribune7

>The NRA is going to have to address the Harry Reid stories.
>If the NRA supports Reid the organization has jumped the shark.

Basically. There’s no excuse for supporting the re-election of Reid. There’s no excuse for supporting the re-election of McCain. Progressives have declared war on America. The day of diplomacy is over.


36 posted on 07/02/2010 6:54:37 AM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: Theodore R.

A different Chris Cox


37 posted on 07/02/2010 8:11:15 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: bamahead
So, maybe Cox thinks he can get a little soft now that McDonald is over and won? Maybe that’s why we’re hearing the Reid rumors?

What's Reid's NRA score since Jan 2009? He voted for the Coburn and Thune Amendments(national park concealed carry and national reciprocity for concealed carry, respectively), but he voted for Sotomayor. I don't know if Reid can vote for Kagan and still get the NRA's endorsement. IIRC, those are the only votes the NRA scored since Jan 2009 in the Senate.

The NRA’s tact of late really has me bumfuzzled. The DISCLOSE support was basically inexcusable.

What support? They declined to oppose the DISCLOSE act. I didn't like it, but the Second Amendment is their primary mission. The rats gave them an offer they couldn't refuse. It's as cynical as that. If only the GOP knew how to play hardball like the rats. Then again, even if they knew, it's not easy playing hardball with a bunch of sissy RINOs.

Voinovich and Lugar bailed on the Thune Amendment giving rats like Pryor (D-AR) and Bennet (D-CO) NRA ratings that are falsely elevated. It's trite, but the GOP is the STUPID party. At least the NRA knows how to play hardball.

If they do back Reid, then the fundraising calls harping on Obama’s agenda will ring pretty hollow.

What calls have you heard recently? I wonder if those calls will come in 2012.

38 posted on 07/02/2010 9:52:00 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Shooter 2.5
I thought I was on a political website?

I thought this was a conservative website.

39 posted on 07/02/2010 10:04:30 AM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Theodore R.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_W._Cox
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40 posted on 07/02/2010 7:31:51 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: philetus

“Is Chris Cox channeling Pelosi?”

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Cox comes from a wealthy family with a long hunting tradition, and that, and that alone is his connection to guns. He is essentially a traditional elitist old school NRA member.

He has zero connection to the real RKBA gun rights movement, and is probably embarrassed by having their members involved in the NRA. The old NRA was a “Jim Crow” gun club to the core, but had to transform itself in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
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41 posted on 07/02/2010 7:45:45 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Shooter 2.5; Joe Brower; DaveLoneRanger; Squantos
SAF, and RKBA will pick up the slack.

GOA is a great political group, but CCRKBA and SAF are mainly organized to help ... themselves. A few years ago I found out that like 97% of their funds go to the running of the organization and the rest (3%?) actually finds it's way to the "cause." They produce a great publication in The New Gun Week, but that's about all.

The NRA is still the monster gorilla in the room legislatively speaking. That means gun bills folks, not politics. There is a difference. Legislation is still a pretty straightforward proposition. Politics, especially political campaigns is a much dirtier business and is terribly muddled in the execution, which is why there have been so many great books and movies about the entire process.

I've been an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor for 20+ years and a life member longer than that. But I'm not going to quit over this. If I quit, I can't interact and I can't do anything to effect change at any level. That's one reason I haven't quit the Republican Party. In fact it's the main reason. That and the fact that I HATE to admit defeat on any level and quitting either or both of those groups is akin to an admission of defeat.

So if any of y'all want to stomp your feet, throw a tantrum and/or threaten to hold your breath until you die... Well, be my guest. It will have exactly the same effect on NRA that such a tantrum by a kid has on the average good parent. ZIP.

42 posted on 07/02/2010 8:23:29 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier

Your not going to quit over what ?

.......the rumor ?

.... or was “this”, in your opinion, a valid fubar by NRA ?


43 posted on 07/02/2010 8:28:24 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: editor-surveyor

I was actually referring to how Pelosi says we’re all stupid and Cox says we’re ignorant.


44 posted on 07/02/2010 8:28:39 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: Squantos
or was “this”, in your opinion, a valid fubar by NRA ?

Too early to tell, but it wouldn't be their first such FUBAR. I remember back in the 1980s, when they were busily trumpeting that the United Nations presented no threat to our gun rights. They held onto that boner for a good number of years.

45 posted on 07/02/2010 8:51:36 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
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To: ExSoldier

Yep.......no one is perfect in politics........;o)

Stay safe !


46 posted on 07/02/2010 9:12:05 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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