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Hartzler defends her stance on guns despite not having NRA endorsement
Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/30/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina

Posted on 11/01/2010 12:38:42 AM PDT by darrellmaurina

LAQUEY, Mo. (Oct. 30, 2010) — With the major exception of the Missouri Farm Bureau, many organizations which typically endorse conservative Republican candidates for office have endorsed Congressman Ike Skelton for years despite him being a Democrat. That includes right to life and veterans organizations, as well as the National Rifle Association; the Farm Bureau had endorsed Skelton for 14 years until this election. However, the NRA endorsement of Skelton over his Republican challenger, Vicky Hartzler, has become a point of controversy this year. Skelton has severely attacked Hartzler for opposing a 1998 proposal to place concealed carry permits on the ballot in Missouri, which was a compromise between the sponsor of a concealed carry bill and then-Gov. Mel Carnahan, who said he wouldn’t veto the bill if the sponsor agreed to reframe it as a public vote. That ballot proposal was defeated by voters in April 1999 by a 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent margin, though six years later in 2003, the Missouri Legislature approved concealed carry legislation without a public vote. “It seems like the constitution says we have the right to keep and bear arms,” Hartzler said. “We shouldn’t put basic rights and freedoms out to a vote, no more than I would support putting out to a vote should we have freedom of religion yes or no, freedom of speech, yes or no. Those freedoms are already ours.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; banglist; congress; gunvote; hartzler; mo2010; nra; nrasucks; skelton

1 posted on 11/01/2010 12:38:45 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

Don’t think that the NRA endorsement has the same meaning that it had a few years ago. They have become too political and are looking for power instead of their original goal. Their endorsement would mean nothing in this race.

2 posted on 11/01/2010 1:09:46 AM PDT by Deagle
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To: Deagle

I know a local Republican life member of the NRA who just resigned his membership and announced that he would work against them because of their disgusting habit of always endorsing incumbent Democrats whenever possible (”we stand by our friends”), so that Republican challengers who are much stronger on Second Amendment issues never get a chance.

3 posted on 11/01/2010 3:13:36 AM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: wildandcrazyrussian

Like Obama? Join the NRA!

4 posted on 11/01/2010 5:15:55 AM PDT by WaterBoard
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