Skip to comments.Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America
Posted on 02/20/2010 9:16:46 AM PST by AuntB
Arizona - John McCain has gone out of his way to earn the ire of conservatives and gun owners in his 20-plus years as a U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Perhaps his crowning legislative achievement was so-called campaign finance reform, or the McCain-Feingold law. This law put the muzzle on organizations such as GOA, prohibiting any broadcast advertisements within 30 days of a primary election and 60 days of a general election that even mention the name of a candidate for federal office.
Not surprisingly, there is frequently a flurry of activity in Congress in the months right before an election, as politicians try to ram bills through at the end of a session. Forbidding criticism of sitting legislators during these crucial times (although media corporations were exempt) made McCains bill the perfect Incumbent Protection act.
McCains bill prohibited the most important form of speech the Founding Fathers meant to protect with the First Amendment political speech so it was welcome news when the Supreme Court recently repudiated much of the McCain bill as an assault on liberty.
But it should not come as a surprise that McCain does not want voters hear about what hes up to in Washington, because the same person who holds the First Amendment in contempt would also like to run the Second Amendment through a shredder.
John McCain may have begun as a pro-gun legislator, but when he decided to become a gun control maverick, he went all out.
Since his conversion to a gun control advocate over the last ten years, McCain has favored a ban on small and inexpensive handguns and considered a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms (so-called assault weapons).
In what was his boldest move against American gun owners, however, McCain authored a bill to that could only have been designed to close down gun shows. In addition to regulating all private sales at gun shows, his bill would have placed onerous licensing requirements on gun show promoters and would essentially have registered the millions of people who attend gun shows. Under the burdens of the McCain bill, no promoter in the country would put on a gun show and, if they did, gun owners would likely not attend.
Thanks to McCain, the inaccurate and misleading phrase gun show loophole became a part of the anti-Second Amendment crowds lexicon.
The truth is, there is no gun show loophole; firearms transactions are conducted the same inside a gun show as they are anyplace else.
In 2000, McCain became a spokesman for a gun control organization (now defunct) called Americans for Gun Safety, a group that advocated licensing and registering all gun owners. The group ran radio and TV ads with McCain supporting ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon that would impose McCains favorite restrictions on gun shows.
These ads were a way for McCain to stick it to gun owners, after a gun show bill stalled in the Congress.
I think that if the Congress wont act, the least I can do is support the initiative in states where its on the ballot, McCain said in an interview.
In 2001, the group ran advertisements in movie theaters featuring McCain urging people to keep their guns locked up for the sake of the children. In the ads, he greatly exaggerated the risks of children gaining access to firearms in the home, and at the same time completely ignored the danger of having guns locked away if they are needed to thwart a criminal attack.
After the 2001 terror attacks, when Gun Owners of America and tens of thousands of commercial airline pilots were pushing legislation to arm pilots as a defense against terrorism, McCain prepared an amendment that would have replaced firearms with stun guns. GOA pointed out at the time how stun guns would not be effective against the type of attacks that could occur in a cockpit.
John McCain may pretend to be pro-gun (especially in election years) but he has plunged his dagger deep into the backs of gun rights supporters. He may fancy himself as a maverick in shining armor, riding to rescue the American people, but all the while he has trampled the Bill of Rights underfoot.
Thankfully, this year gun owners have a choice. Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who was A rated by Gun Owners of America in his twelve years in the House of Representatives, is challenging McCain in the 2010 Republican primary.
J.D. respects the Constitution and understands that the Second Amendment was put there by the Founding Fathers to always ensure that the people would have the means to preserve their liberty.
During his time in the Congress, J.D. Hayworth did not vote one way in election years and another way when in nonelection years. J.D. consistently supported the Second Amendment, and that is just the type of leadership gun owners in Arizona will vote for in November.
Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse J.D. Hayworth for U.S. Senate and urges gun owners and sportsmen from across America to help defeat anti-gunner McCain.
Please visit J.D. on the web at http://www.jdforsenate.com to make the most generous contribution possible. Working together, we can win this fight and gain a Second Amendment ally in the U.S. Senate.
Tim Macy Vice Chairman Gun Owners of America 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 http://www.gunowners.org
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Gun Owners of America Political Victory Endorses J.D. Hayworth for Congress John McCain Wrong for Arizona, Wrong for America
“In 2000, McCain became a spokesman for a gun control organization (now defunct) called Americans for Gun Safety, a group that advocated licensing and registering all gun owners. The group ran radio and TV ads with McCain supporting ballot initiatives in Colorado and Oregon that would impose McCains favorite restrictions on gun shows.”
We know them by their actions.
” The only good decision I can remember him ever making was selecting Palin.”
We actually don’t really know if it was *his* decision.
By all accounts, he wanted Lieberman.
“Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America”
McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.
looks like McCain is going down in flames one more time (maybe twice more actually).
Gun Owners of America Endorses J.D. Hayworth - McCain Wrong for Arizona Wrong for America
McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.”
It will be interesting to see what NRA does with this race.
Hopefully some of their PC board directors won’t be their voice. Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.
Go get ‘em JD!
“Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.”
He still is. I’ve thought of resigning my membership over it, but don’t want to kill myself. ;)
I don’t like the way the BOD voting works. My votes are counted differently depending on how many people I select and there is little discussion on those running. We just get the NRA-recommended ones listed with bios in AR.
The celebrites like the Nuge and Selleck have name recognition, but people like Norquist aren’t widely known.
” McCain can couter that with his endorsement from La Raza.
And Soros. “
Speaking of Soros, I notice he’s taken over citigroup. But then he funded many of McCain’s little scams.
Look who gets the big contributions from Citigroup (not to mention the other list of usual liberal suspects.)
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle.
Merrill Lynch $373,595
Citigroup Inc $322,051
Morgan Stanley $273,452
Goldman Sachs $230,095
JPMorgan Chase & Co $228,107
US Government $208,379
AT&T Inc $201,438
Wachovia Corp $195,063
UBS AG $192,493
Credit Suisse Group $183,353
US Army $167,820
Bank of America $166,026
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher $159,596
Blank Rome LLP $154,226
Greenberg Traurig LLP $146,437
US Dept of Defense $144,105
FedEx Corp $131,974
Bear Stearns $117,498
Lehman Brothers $114,357
GOA are right!!
Grover Norquist, Mr. Open borders, used to be on the board, not sure if he still is.
He still is. Ive thought of resigning my membership over it, but dont want to kill myself. ;)”
I hear ya. Perhaps GOA is the way to go. Not surprising that Grover has endorsed McCain. I hope NRA doesn’t follow.