Skip to comments.NRA Mulls Harry Reid Endorsement
Posted on 07/12/2010 9:09:33 AM PDT by Frantzie
The National Rifle Association has puzzled many observers as well as angered its conservative members by remaining neutral in the contest for Nevadas seat in the US Senate in November. In that race, Sharron Angle is challenging incumbent Harry Reid, running on the Republican ticket as a Tea Party conservative. Her own campaign site notes as follows her position on the right to bear arms.
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Apparently, the NRA HQ is underwater.
What the Hell?
Thats because the NRA supports Washington insiders. If the 2nd amendment isn’t under threat they can’t get the money comin in to fight it. Must have a crisis.
This would raise the hair on my neck. Cant believe this is even a discussion. Is Wayne LaPierre (sp) still the Pres. of NRA? and who makes the decision to support candidates, their members right????
This was reported on Fox last week that they may endorse
Reid. The “house” is fixing the odds for Reid in Nevada!
This is rumor and speculation, not news.
I dropped my membership to the NRA...it’s not my fathers organization any longer.
Not only the endorsement thing, heck there like a retail merchandising outlet these days.
Hordes of letters and solicitations.
Hey NRA, go back to your roots and stop all the nonsense.
They just think that the paramilitary “civilian” security force will support them in the coming future. Sort of like the Democrats thinking that raising taxes and spending way more than they take in is the way to fix this broken economy. If you can't fight them, join them, then they will like you and want to keep you around.
Insanity runs deep these days.
If the NRA endorses Reid they will find themselves very very lonely.
The ugly truth about the NRA is that it exists primarily to perpetuate the NRA. Gun right are really only a means to an end.
It was at that point that another Freeper introduced me to Gun Owners of America, who has a far more accurate rating system.
I do NOT believe it.
I WILL find out, and if I find out the NRA is opposing my personal political Conservative perspectives, I will tell the NRA to KMA after over twenty years of membership.
Anybody have a link that states positively such a direction exists at the NRA? I’d like to have that too.
GOA or Gun Owners of America are a better group. Support for Reid = support for O.
I just went to the site and posted an email to them.
This would cause them to lose membership big-time in my view.
Reid got a $60 million gun range built for NV which the NRA supposedly had some involvement with.
I support gun ranges but let private businesses build them not taxpayers. The NRA keeps screwing the pooch lately.
As far as I can tell the is a wishful thinking story by the leftist media.
Worry about Reid’s successor later, get rid of this scumbag Reid first!
BUT... from the article.
All of which leads to a very serious question for all NRA members and gun owners who oppose Sen. Reid to contemplate: who would take Reids place if he loses his raceand his critically important position as Senate Majority Leader? Remember, the Senate Majority Leader is the gatekeeper who decides which legislation will be considered on the Senate floor. If Sen. Reid loses, the next candidate for Majority Leader is very likely to be Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbintwo of the most anti-gun U.S. Senators in history!
It is critical to the defense of the Second Amendment that we have pro-gun majorities in the U.S. Congress. While no endorsement has yet been issued in this race, nor any other U.S. Senate race for the November general election, rest assured that we will make all of these announcements at the appropriate time and in light of our election policy.
They still might do it.
IMO the NRA is like many ‘non-profits’ in that they have an financial benefit to keeping the status quo in place.
If the disease or problem is fixed then they’ll be out of a job. Certainly not all non-profits are like this.
Dang it! It is not the Tea Party! It is the TEA Party. TEA is an acronym for crying out loud! It stands for Taxed Enough Already.
I don’t know if it is intentional or just ignorance that causes people to call it the Tea Party.
Actually, if you don't control the flow of legislation you are open to all sorts of attacks by the opposition including attacks on your biological existence.
I suppose the NRA developed that blind-spot during the decades of Democrat/Socialist ascendance in Congress and the various state legislatures.
It's time for a change at the top in the NRA ~ first, I'd remove all of them and start over.
That must be a mighty fine gun range. Exactly what would you spend $60 M on?
There is also another piece on this here: Is endorsing Reid on the NRA's calendar?
Bottom line: This issue is nowhere as clear-cut as we'd like. And the NRA hasn't done anything yet, so stop jumping to conclusions.
I doubt that the NRA will ultimately support Reid unless they really don’t understand their members because the firestorm of supporting Reid would be disastrous and any support they do get temporarily from the left will be gone after election day. I think it would be wise for Cox to be replaced because he clearly is causing problems in a year when the NRA should be riding high and proud.
>>The ugly truth about the NRA is that it exists primarily to perpetuate the NRA. Gun right are really only a means to an end.<<
Kinda like unions. Heck, often times even Churches. It seems to be a standard phase in the evolution of even “sincere” organizations created by human beings. We’re our own worst enemy.
Hence the need for Jesus’ sacrifice.
I read about that gun range, but am still wondering how a gun range can cost $60 million dollars. Most ranges I’m familiar with are canyons in the hills with wooden posts, old railroad ties, and a campfire sort of arrangement for hot coffee.
That must be one “H” of a gun range for that amount of money, or let’s be realistic, and suppose some of that money went to paint bullseye’s on associated targets.
I’ll look into this, ‘cause I really want to know.
The NRA is officially neutral on all issues that do not pertain to the right to bear arms. A candidate could be a left wing liberal on every issue except gun control and theoretically get an NRA endorsement if they were pro gun.Well that just shows you how blitheringly stupid they are, if they think a commie spouting "gun rights" is as believable on the subject as a person who supports the US Constitution in general and the second amendment in particular.
The Black Panthers support gun rights. Let's all freaking endorse the Black Panthers!
(How far up the butt can one person's head actually go?)
All national organizations are suspect. They are all run by cotton-headed "professionals"... careerists... people, that is, who don't give a rat's patoot about the issues themselves.
I’m inclined to believe that as well, but I’m going to ask some questions, and look closely at the answers as there have been too many articles recently with discomforting information regarding the NRA, and their direction on matters of importance.
I don’t want to continue supporting them IF they are against the Conservative grain.
Why don’t you wait and see if the NRA actually endorses Reid instead of repeating this rumor again and again?
I have written them every day for the past week and a half, referring to my previous letters ... basically asking them if this was “true or false.” Silence. Deathly silence. Oh me, ... well that’s one bill may not have to pay next year when my annual membership comes due. (See, there’s always a bright side!)
This is why I have never joined or donated to the NRA...
I’m sure Reid likes to shoot, so he set this up to make him feel like he is in Washington, complete with paved and marked parking lot, deluxe stone/block buildings with complete toilet facilities, state produced signs with regulations, rules, etc, and the shooting lanes must have double barrier protection as well as range masters paid and salaried by the government.
This sort of resembles what Reid did in Washington when they remodeled the Capital Lobby. They spare no expense when they share an interest in it or use it.
I would also think that the contractor who built it, was owed a favor from Reid. It’s just that easy to explain.
Did the same thing...GOA is much better focused.
I have advised the NRA that if they endorse Reid then I am done with NRA. Period.
First The Killers at Reid’s event last week and now this. Surely the world is topsy-turvy. * sigh *
If they end up endorsing Reid, they will lose this member.
Gee,I thought the lead singer might be a conservative.I guess the new U2 will be like the old U2.
Straw man argument. If Reid loses, then the GOP has a better than 50-50 chance of taking the Senate. Therefore, Schumer or Durbin would become the minority leader.
NRA had best stay out of the Nevada senate race.
If Harry Reid votes to confirm the gun-grabbing Kagan, the NRA will lose all credibility, if it hasn’t lost it already.
True, Flowers is a Mormon and in his interviews he imparts a conservative bent, but he admits he did vote for Obama (accompanied by the tears that supposedly went with voting for him *yawn*). I really like The Killers and I really like Flowers. I saw the news clip of the event and thought I saw the lead guitarist up there. Googled it and, sure enough, they were there. I do think, however, that Flowers is more conservative than even he knows, LOL. Brandon, wait until your babies grow up and they have nothing, courtesy of your vote!
tax payer money??
Well theoretically the NRA never existed to support
conservatives perspectives. It existsed to protect the 2A.
Just as the Tea Parties don’t exists to promote every conservative intiative. They stand for less taxes and stopping the expansion of government into their livs.
The problem with endorsing Reid is that it isn’t based on principle. Reid is not a friend of the 2A. An endorsement over Angle would be a political calculaion that it is better to have a Senate Majority leader on your side then a Freshman Republican in the minority party. This assumes Reid would be on their side...and he wouldn’t be.
Some of their past endorsements leave people gritting their teeth but could be excused. This one cannot be excused. His record isn’t good, hers is. Either endorse ANgle or stay out all together so as not to anger a Majority Leader. But in conscience they cannot back Reid and still claim to protect the 2A.
The NRA is known for backing pro-gun Democrats as well as Repubs. They usually pick which ever candidate is the strongest on the 2nd.
This Nevada pork gun range sure looks suspicious.
Oh, I'm sorry, do you own the copyright? Or are you Rick Santelli, who coined the idea from the floor of the CBOT, with his rant on CNBC?
Santelli called for a "Chicago Tea Party" when referring to the Obammunist's mortgage bailout program. Here's the URL:
Tea Parties are about more than just taxes. They're about re-kindling the spirit of the Boston Tea Party, which is what Santelli was referring to when he said he was going to hold a Chicago Tea Party (not some cute, contrived acronym). Tea Parties are about opposing government tyranny in all its forms, taxes being only one.
Furthermore, "Taxed Enough Already" didn't appear until a month or so after the first Tea Parties, in February. I attended two Tea Parties, one in February and another in March of '09, before seeing a "Taxed Enough Already" sign at the April 15th Tea Party.
So long story short, I don't know who appointed you the official Tea Party arbiter, but I'll call it whatever the hell I want.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
A $60 million gun range paid for with taxpayer money probably is a palace plus half of the money got skimmed by Reid’s cronies.
The NRA is a 2nd Amendment group but the men who wrote the Second were against govt stealing from citizens like Harry Reid does ad naseum.
The NRA is screwed up. Movie director John Milius is on the NRA board. I liked him until he came out to support Roman Polanski.
Well I am getting letters daily from Marco Rubio cleaming he is a Tea/TEA Party candidate. However he aided and abetted illegal immigration in the Florida House.
How can Rubio be a Tax Enough Already candidate when a s**tload of my tax money is going to illegals? Crappy RINO FL GOP.
>>So long story short, I don’t know who appointed you the official Tea Party arbiter, but I’ll call it whatever the hell I want.<<
Good point. :)
My concern is an over-broad vision, causing the whole thing to implode of its own weight. I thought the focus on taxes and tax funded organizations would do a tremendous amount of good, while an “undefined but ‘Boston tea party’ like” movement would collapse due to lack of focus.
Part of my role in my job is sort of sales engineer. We have learned to limit our presentations to two to three takeaways or the students leave with a lot of good information, none of which sticks more than 24 hours.
But you’re right. I’m not the official arbiter.