Monday, May 2, 2011

Can we really believe this: "NRA Vows to Take Down Obama in 2012"

The conservative online news magazine Newsmax ran a headline story today that echoes the strong feelings of millions of gun owners in America. Newsmax reported that Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action told a gathering of the National Rifle Association in Pittsburgh that Barack Hussein Obama II's appointment of two ultra left Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court have placed the Second Amendment rights of gun owners in jeopardy because if he is reelected he could be expected to appoint more anti-gun Justices. But past actions by the NRA make their efforts at political action somewhat questionable.
NRA Vows to Take Down Obama in 2012

Sunday, 01 May 2011 06:40 PM

By Newsmax Wires

The National Rifle Association is gearing up for a major campaign push to defeat President Barack Obama, who leaders say is just one Supreme Court justice away from a liberal majority that could sweep aside Second Amendment rights.

Christopher Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told attendees at the association’s annual gathering this weekend in Pittsburgh that the Supreme Court decided the landmark District of Columbia vs. Heller case by a vote of 5 to 4.

“What if he appoints just one more anti-gun justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and we go from one-vote victories to one-vote defeats for generations to come?” he told one audience. “My friends, praying for the health of five Supreme Court justices is not a strategy you want to stake your freedom on.”
There is only one problem with this story and it is very surprising that Newsmax didn't raise the question about it: Obama only nominates his choices for the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate approves them.  AND, more importantly, the NRA has endorsed numerous Democrats for both houses of Congress to the extent that the NRA helped the Democrats gain complete control of Congress in 2008. In 2008, the NRA endorsed 54 Democrats, and 52 were elected. That help from the NRA gave us Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and Sen. Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.  In 2010, the NRA declined to endorse Republican Sharron Angle in her race against Harry Reid, even though she had a better pro-gun record, but they did endorse 56 Democrats. Thanks to the Tea Party revolution, far fewer of the NRA endorsed Democrats were as fortunate as their counterparts two years before.

If the NRA wants to really protect gun owners in America they will need to change their rules that require them to endorse incumbents over challengers. Until they make that change we can only expect to see a repeat of the last several years.

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