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NRA Statement on endorsement of Chet Edwards (D-TX)
NRA-ILA ^ | 8/12/2010 | Kaelan Jones

Posted on 08/12/2010 7:48:35 AM PDT by Joe Brower

Thank you for contacting NRA-ILA in regards to our endorsement of Chet Edwards.

We recognize and acknowledge that Congressman Edwards has disagreed with our positions on some important gun-related issues in the past. However, over the last eight years, he has worked closely with the NRA to significantly improve his voting record and, since 2002, has a near perfect record in support of gun rights.

Chet Edwards has supported the Second Amendment by signing:

The congressional amicus brief in support of the individual rights interpretation of the Second Amendment in the Heller case. CLICK HERE

The congressional amicus brief in support of incorporation of the protections of the Second Amendment to the states in the McDonald case. CLICK HERE

A letter, along with 64 of his House Democrat colleagues, to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to abandon any effort to reinstate the semi-auto ban. Read the letter here.

Chet Edwards has supported the Second Amendment in his committee activities:

Congressman Edwards was the deciding vote in the House Appropriations Committee to adopt the Tiahrt amendment (protecting firearms trace data from public disclosure) in June of 2003, and has voted pro-gun on every recorded vote in that committee since then.

As chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Edwards has been very helpful in securing funding to improve the housing at Camp Perry for the annual National Rifle and Pistol Championship.

Chet Edwards has supported the Second Amendment by voting:

For H.R. 5827, a bill to protect the Second Amendment rights of persons filing for bankruptcy.

For an amendment to H.R. 627 to allow right to carry in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.

For the Childers substitute amendment (Second Amendment Enforcement Act) to H.R. 6842 to restore the Second Amendment right to residents of our nation’s capital.

For H.R.5092 to reform and modernize the BATFE, and to protect the rights of FFL holders from unfair harassment.

For H.R. 5013 to protect the rights of gun owners during times of emergency by prohibiting the confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms, such as occurred following Hurricane Katrina.

For the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to prohibit bogus lawsuits against the firearms industry. (He voted for this bill in 2003 and again in 2005 when it became law, and voted against multiple amendments designed to weaken or gut this critical legislation.)

Five times to eliminate the ban on handgun ownership in Washington, D.C.

Against an amendment to H.R. 2862 to ban the exportation of .50 caliber rifles.

For H.R. 4635, to allow the training and arming of commercial airline pilots following the terrorist attacks on September 11.

Against an amendment to H.R. 2500 that would have mandated that records of lawful gun sales be kept by the federal government for at least 90 days.

Against passage of the Brady Bill.

Chet Edwards has supported our hunting heritage by voting:

For the Altmire amendment to protect hunting, shooting, fishing and trapping on land managed by BLM.

Against the Inslee amendment to ban polar bear trophy importation.

Against an amendment designed to prohibit the use of bait when hunting bear on public lands.

Against an amendment to prohibit the use of foreign development funds to be used to promote trophy hunting.

For H.R.1675, the Wildlife Refuge Act, to ensure that hunting and fishing would be permitted in the Refuge system.

For an amendment to H.R. 2929 to permit hunting on all lands in the Mojave National Monument in California.

For an amendment to H.R. 5503 to allow deer hunting in Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.

Chet Edwards has cosponsored the following pro-gun legislation:

Legislation in the 111th Congress:

H.R. 197 (National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act)

H.R. 442 (Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act)

H.R. 1074 (Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act)

H.R. 1684 (Preservation of the Second Amendment in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges Act)

H.R. 2296 (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act)

H.R. 5162 (Second Amendment Enforcement Act)

Legislation in previous Congresses:

H.R. 1399 (District of Columbia Personal Protection Act) in the 110th Congress

H.R. 4900 (BATFE Reform) in the 110th Congress

H.R. 2088 (Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act) in the 109th Congress

H.R. 5092 (BATFE Reform) in the 109th Congress

H.R. 5013 (Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act) in the 109th Congress

H.R. 5005 (Firearms Corrections and Improvements Act) in the 109th Congress

H.R. 800 (Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act) in the 109th Congress

H.R. 3193 (District of Columbia Personal Protection Act) in the 108th Congress

Should you have additional questions or concerns feel free to contact us again.

Cordially,

Kaelan Jones

NRA-ILA Grassroots Division

(800) 392-2683


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1 posted on 08/12/2010 7:48:39 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Joe Brower

The NRA has falled to radicals. I’m cancelling my membership - something that would have been unthinkable 2 years ago.


2 posted on 08/12/2010 7:51:09 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fwdude

Change that to “fallen.” ;0


3 posted on 08/12/2010 7:51:38 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Joe Brower

I am done with the NRA. They were thrilled with Hairy Reed’s $70 million gun range in Nevada that could have been built for $1 million. It is a pure pork barrel real estate scam that Hairy Reed is know for. The NRA sucks now.


4 posted on 08/12/2010 7:52:10 AM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: Joe Brower

Edwards was allowed to vote the NRA position on legislation that was going to pass with or without his vote to help keep the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives.

If the GOP had solid control over the House, I could see this endorsement; but not now.

And how did this guy vote on TARP?


5 posted on 08/12/2010 7:52:51 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
As promised, here is the response I just received from the NRA about my inquiry into why they are endorsing Chet Edwards in TX. I'm not supporting a democrat here, but merely passing on the information that was sent to me.

It would be helpful to also know what Edwards' opponents pros & cons are, and I have emailed the NRA back telling them this, in addition to letting them know that they need to publish this information on their website and through press releases 1/2 second after making their endorsements, so that the rumor mill doesn't immediately go ballistic.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

6 posted on 08/12/2010 7:53:15 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

Maybe the NRA should realize that whatever party controls the House dictates the overall agenda.

Supporting a Democrat that may be pro-gun is useless if it serves to keep Nancy Pelosi in power and in charge of the overall House agenda.

Idiots.


7 posted on 08/12/2010 7:54:19 AM PDT by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: Frantzie
Yes, Frantzie, I think everyone here is very familiar with your viewpoints -- you repeat them often enough.
8 posted on 08/12/2010 7:54:19 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: headstamp 2
"Maybe the NRA should realize that whatever party controls the House dictates the overall agenda."

Come on -- you think they don't know this?

Maybe you should call the NRA and ask them yourself what their reasoning is, rather than act on your assumptions as fact.

That's what I did.

9 posted on 08/12/2010 7:56:27 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

The Second was meant to be the last resort of the people in checking a government over-reaching its authority;being “allowed” firearms while at the same time forced to abide by government restrictions and rules on every other aspect of one’s life is meaningless.


10 posted on 08/12/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Joe Brower

There are NO good democrats.

There are plenty of terrible republicans but not a single good democrat. That was confirmed during the health crimes disaster.

WTH has happened to the NRA?


11 posted on 08/12/2010 7:58:33 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Joe Brower
Once again conservative money and muscle are being put behind a liberal candidate (American Conservative Union rating of 16 out of 100 for 2009).

The NRA outsmarts itself with its Machiavellian tactics.

12 posted on 08/12/2010 7:59:15 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Joe Brower

This illustrates why it’s so important for conservative voters not to be endorsement-driven. It is essential that we vote with our heads, not with our “loyalties”.

There’s nothing wrong with supporting the NRA in terms of the lobbying work they do.

But to take their lead in who to vote for... that’s pure folly.


13 posted on 08/12/2010 8:03:47 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: jazminerose

At the time of Klinton’s first election, approx. 1/3 of NRA members were Republican, 1/3 Democrat, and 1/3 Independent.
That has changed considerably into a much more Republican base. But NRA still focuses on Second Amendment issues. Nothing to do with TARP. Obi-care,etc.


14 posted on 08/12/2010 8:03:58 AM PDT by donozark (It's hard to afford a psychiatrist when you work at a gas station.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
TARP is not part of the NRA’s politics, and the NRA is not an arm of the GOP (or vice versa). It is NRA policy to always endorse the incumbent if he has been sufficiently “gun-owner friendly” during his recent terms.
Moreover, if they stopped doing so, it might be ammunition to force a change their non-profit status.
I don't agree with this, but I understand it.
15 posted on 08/12/2010 8:05:19 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Here in Illinois, once you get south of I-80, the political complexion of the state changes dramatically. The downstate Democrats are much different that their Chicago-bred counterparts. They tend to be much more conservative and tend to be pro-gun. Having a “D” in back of one’s name as an Illinois politician isn’t quite the “kiss of death’ that one might think. These downstate Democrats are one reason that Illinois doesn’t have even more obnoxious gun laws than we do. Oh, in this state, having an “R” in back of one’s name ain’t no gaurantee, either.


16 posted on 08/12/2010 8:05:29 AM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: Joe Brower

What good is protecting 2nd amendment rights if we are all forced to rely on Government healthcare and Government employment?

What good is a gun when one will never use it against ones benefactors?

The commies don’t need to worry about taking your guns when they know you need them to care for your children’s health and livelihoods!


17 posted on 08/12/2010 8:05:29 AM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: samtheman
"This illustrates why it’s so important for conservative voters not to be endorsement-driven"

You've got that right. I told the fellow at the NRA that this sort of thing is why I don't donate to their PVF, but only directly to specific candidates. To his credit, the fellow wholeheartedly agreed with me.

18 posted on 08/12/2010 8:06:54 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

>>[the NRA needs] to publish this information on their website and through press releases 1/2 second after making their endorsements, so that the rumor mill doesn’t immediately go ballistic.

Huge 2nd on that.

Their website sucks. I ought to be able to go there and easily verify claims of NRA endorsements for various candidates, and I cannot.


19 posted on 08/12/2010 8:10:11 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: jazminerose

“There are NO good democrats.” I hesitate to go so far as you in saying that there are no good democrats, but I will say that some democrats are far, far worse than others. I don’t think Chet Edwards is actually too bad as far as democrats go, and he did vote against the healthcare bill, but he still voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, and presumably he would do so again, and that alone is reason enough to vote him out and replace him with a republican.


20 posted on 08/12/2010 8:11:08 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Joe Brower

R.I.P. N.R.A.


21 posted on 08/12/2010 8:12:06 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Joe Brower

When you lie down with dogs, don’t be surprised when you wake up with fleas...


22 posted on 08/12/2010 8:12:24 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: headstamp 2
whatever party controls the House dictates the overall agenda

Good point to bring up. The NRA seems to be intrested in protecting their particular 'room' ignoring to fact that the whole house is on fire.

23 posted on 08/12/2010 8:17:40 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Texan Tory

Who are the good ones? The ones who didn’t vote for health crimes? They had permission from Pelosi to keep them out of trouble at home. She had enough votes without them.

Name the good ones, oh please. I’d love to know.


24 posted on 08/12/2010 8:20:42 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Joe Brower

So will the NRA be supporting Hussein in 2012? After all, he said he was pro gun rights too, and we KNOW he wouldn’t LIE!!!! I dropped my membership a month ago after the last sell-out of the American people by the NRA.


25 posted on 08/12/2010 8:20:47 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Joe Brower

The money I used to sent to the NRA will now go conservative causes.


26 posted on 08/12/2010 8:22:13 AM PDT by cohutta
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To: Texan Tory

The only way to determine how “good” any dem is: check their voting records. What percentage of the time did they vote as dictated by Pelosi or Reid?

Don’t believe any crap that comes out of their mouths. Look at the percentages.


27 posted on 08/12/2010 8:22:27 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Dead Corpse
"When you lie down with dogs, don’t be surprised when you wake up with fleas..."

You know me better than that. The question here is, does the NRA? Or perhaps they are a bit more tied into what's going on that we here on FR?

28 posted on 08/12/2010 8:24:52 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Oldpuppymax
"So will the NRA be supporting Hussein in 2012?"

Will you?

29 posted on 08/12/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: cohutta
"The money I used to sent to the NRA will now go conservative causes."

Glad to hear it. How much money, and to whom?

30 posted on 08/12/2010 8:27:27 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: jazminerose

There are no pro-freedom democrats.

Simply by being in that party you are declaring your belief in “rule by the elite”.


31 posted on 08/12/2010 8:27:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: samtheman; Joe Brower
There’s nothing wrong with supporting the NRA in terms of the lobbying work they do.

But to take their lead in who to vote for... that’s pure folly.

Joe, if they were truly apolitical, would they be endorsing anyone? Why lose conservative support by endorsing dems? Vice-versa?

You're swimming against a huge torrent here, man. So many staunch conservatives hold the NRA endorsement in high, precious regard. It's quite understandable if they go ballistic over the NRA's tossing it to a dem who may after all be lying with their record as well as with their words, given the state of "our" dem elected representatives.

Keep Rules for Radicals in mind at all times.

32 posted on 08/12/2010 8:28:18 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Joe Brower

Hey F-T - don’t post vanity messages and spam if you do not want to get a responses. If you do not like the responses then tough luck.

The NRA sucks after Heston stepped down do to his health. They support Hairy Reed’s pork barrell gun range scam in Nevada.

Director John Milius, who I used to like, is on the NRA board and signed the petition supporting child rapist Roman Polanski.


33 posted on 08/12/2010 8:28:38 AM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: Joe Brower

If anything, this is more evidence of an extremely myopic political sense on the NRA’s part.


34 posted on 08/12/2010 8:29:10 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: JayVee
"in this state, having an “R” in back of one’s name ain’t no gaurantee, either."

That goes for every state in the union, unfortunately.

Something folks here seem to conveniently forget.

35 posted on 08/12/2010 8:29:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: jazminerose

“Name the good ones, oh please. I’d love to know.”

Sorry, I actually don’t know of any good ones, I’m merely suggesting the possibility that there might be some. There are not nearly enough good republicans either. It is a sad commentary on the democrat party that the best democrat I can think of is Alvin Greene, and the democrats are treating him as a joke candidate.


36 posted on 08/12/2010 8:30:01 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Frantzie
"Hey F-T - don’t post vanity messages and spam if you do not want to get a responses. If you do not like the responses then tough luck."

What on Earth are you babbling about? What vanity message? And who is F-T?

If foaming at the mouth won elections, November would already be over. For you, anyway.

37 posted on 08/12/2010 8:32:05 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Dead Corpse
"If anything, this is more evidence of an extremely myopic political sense on the NRA’s part."

Hard to tell. As always, I'm sure there is more going on here than we are aware of. It would be good if more folks here were calling the NRA asking them what their thinking is.

38 posted on 08/12/2010 8:34:41 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: JayVee

“...Here in Illinois, once you get south of I-80, the political complexion of the state changes dramatically...”

But downstate there were some across-the-board hardcore conservative Republicans too. Alabama had nobody as conservative as the Crane brothers when they were in and today we don’t have anybody as conservative as Congressman Roskam of Illinois.

There is not one single conservative or moderate Democrat in all of the Illinois delegation to the US Congress. And there is not one liberal Republican in the Illinois delegation (The ACU ratings are pretty representative of a wide range of votes cast).


39 posted on 08/12/2010 8:36:36 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Joe Brower
If Nancy Pelosi needs this guy's vote on a anti-gun law, she will get it. Democrats are only allowed to vote contrary to the party line when the party already has enough votes to win. Case in point, Bart Stupak(D)Michigan. The NRA knows this, but is still trying to lead it's membership astray just like the AARP on the healthcare bill. The NRA is not a public run organization, but a private lobbyist association run by the same jerk that made the “Jack-Boot-Thugs” comment back when GHWB was in office. There is something wrong going on here. Something more than the NRA kowtowing to keep their museum sign up on I-66.
40 posted on 08/12/2010 8:36:48 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Joe Brower
On the one hand, the NRA says that they evaluate each candidate on the single issue of gun rights, without the consideration of the bigger picture (which would be the Pelosi Puppy Syndrome).

BUT

On the other hand, they are considering endorsing Reid so as to keep Schumer on the sidelines. Big picture or individual consideration?

41 posted on 08/12/2010 9:24:59 AM PDT by super7man
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To: super7man
"Big picture or individual consideration?"

Good question. And unfortunately for us stuck in the trenches, those who know don't seem to be talking.

42 posted on 08/12/2010 9:36:46 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower
Chet Edwards is the closest thing to being a Republican that any democRAT could be.

However...I say again...HOWEVER, he is still a democRAT.

I knew him personally while I was at Fort Hood and he is extremely supportive of soldiers and the military.

But the fact remains:

He has consciously chosen to remain as a democRAT for many, many years.

43 posted on 08/12/2010 9:43:15 AM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and Obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: fwdude

It seem like the NRA are in bed with left wing Democrat. Should we think twice about this organization.


44 posted on 08/12/2010 10:42:13 AM PDT by dhuynh73 (Reagan Country)
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To: Joe Brower
NRinoA

Pathetic!

45 posted on 08/12/2010 10:51:51 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Victory or Death!)
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To: Joe Brower; HoustonCurmudgeon; Bad~Rodeo; Cindy; laotzu; NeverForgetBataan; no dems; K-oneTexas; ...

Bumping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


46 posted on 08/12/2010 11:21:04 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Victory or Death!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"NRinoA"

That's funny, in a way. But as others have pointed out elsewhere, the 'R' in 'NRA' stands for 'Rifle', not 'Republican'.

47 posted on 08/12/2010 11:30:52 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Texan Tory

Greene is the best democrat ever!


48 posted on 08/12/2010 11:37:50 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Joe Brower

Thanks.


49 posted on 08/12/2010 11:51:55 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Joe Brower

I know. I’m an NRA member, and I’ve been warning them about endorsing democrats for years.


50 posted on 08/12/2010 1:10:51 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Victory or Death!)
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