The National Rifle Association today stood on its publicly posted announcement that it has not yet endorsed any candidate in the Nevada Senate race – pitting tea party challenger Sharron Angle against longtime Democrat powerhouse incumbent Sen. Harry Reid.
That’s as rumors are flooding the Web that the organization, which recently angered many members by withdrawing opposition to a bill that effectively will limit free speech about candidates by some groups, was ready to adopt a pro-Harry stance amid concerns that a loss by the Senate leader would move an even more anti-gun candidate into the leadership post.
“The list of the NRA’s transgressions against its membership and the Constitution is long. Shame on me, I had been following this story at a distance. When I saw hints out there that the NRA, in its misplaced zeal for covering its own pathetic rear end, were turning their backs on a solid Reagan conservative in favor of that slimy, walking wart Harry Reid, I went ballistic,” wrote a blogger at RedState.com.
Another blogger, at TheTruthAboutGuns.com, compiled a pages-long list of Reid’s votes against gun rights, including one last year in which he voted against a ban on the U.N. imposing taxes on Americans after world leaders suggested a global tax on firearms.
Here’s the list:
Below are just a few of the votes that demonstrate Reid’s longstanding hostility to guns and the Second Amendment. Not included in this list is the long list of consistent and active support for anti-gun nominees to the Federal Judiciary and to high level cabinet posts. The reason I did not include anti-gun nominees is because he supported every last one of them.
- June 28, 1991. Vote No. 115. Voted for a 5 day waiting period for handgun purchases.
- October 21, 1993. Vote 325. Voted to eliminate the Army Civilian Marksmanship Program.Only the most fringe anti-gun Senators voted for the amendment.
- November 19, 1993. Vote 385. Allow states to impose waiting periods over and above the 5 days waiting period required under the Brady Bill.
- November 19, 1993. Vote 386. Voted to eliminate he 5-year sunset in the Brady Bill.
- November 19, 1993. Vote 387. Voted to close off debate on the Brady Bill.
- November 19, 1993. Vote 390. Voted to close off debate on the Brady Bill.
- November 20, 1993. Vote 394. Voted for the Brady Bill, which imposed a 5-business-day waiting period before purchasing a handgun.
- August 25, 1994. Vote 294. Voted to close off debate on the Clinton Crime Bill, which contained the ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
- August 25, 1994. Vote 295. Voted for the Clinton Crime Bill, which contained the ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
- April 17, 1996. Vote 64. Voted to expand the statute of limitations for paperwork violations in National Firearms Act from 3 years to 5 years.
- June 27, 1996. Vote 178. Voting to destroy 176,000 M-1 Garand rifles from World War II, and 150 million rounds of 30 caliber ammunition, rather than giving them to the Federal Civilian Marksmanship program.
- September 12, 1996. Vote 287. Voted to spend $21.5 million for a study on putting “taggants” in black and smokeless gunpowder.
- September 12, 1996. Vote 290. Voted to make it a Federal crime to possess a gun within 1,000 yards of a school.
- May 12, 1999. Vote 111. Voted to give the Treasury Department expansive new authority to regulate and keep records on gun shows and their participants, and criminalize many intrastate firearms transactions.
- May 13, 1999. Vote 116. Voted to ban the importation of ammunition clips that can hold more than 10 rounds.
- May 14, 1999. Vote 119. Voted to criminalize internet advertisements to sell legal firearms in a legal manner.
- May 18, 1999. Vote 122. Voted to for Mandatory triggerlocks.
- May 20, 1999. Vote 133. Voted to create new Federal regulation of pawn shops handling of guns.
- May 20, 1999. Vote 134. Voted to give the Treasury Department expansive new authority to regulate and keep records on gun shows and their participants, and criminalize many intrastate firearms transactions. The vote was 50-50, with Vice President Gore casting the tie-breaking vote.
- May 20, 1999. Vote 140. Voted for the Clinton Juvenile Justice bill, which contained a package of gun control measures.
- July 29, 1999. Vote 224. Voted to close debate on the Clinton Juvenile Justice bill, which contained a package of gun control measures.
- February 2, 2000. Vote 4. Voted to make firearms manufacturers and distributors’ debts nondischargeable in bankruptcy if they were sued because they unknowingly sold guns to individuals who used the gun in a crime. 68 Senators voted against Reid’s position, including 17 Democrats including Bryan of Nevada.
- March 2, 2000. Vote 27. Voted to say that school violence was due to the fact that Congress “failed to pass reasonable, common-sense gun control measures” and call for new gun ownership restrictions on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings.
- March 2, 2000. Vote 28. Voted to say that school violence was due to the fact that Congress “failed to pass reasonable, common-sense gun control measures” and call for new gun ownership restrictions on the anniversary of the Columbine shootings (reconsideration of vote 27).
- March 2, 2000. Vote 32. Voted to use Federal taxpayer funds to hand out anti-gun literature in schools and to run anti-gun public service announcements.
- April 6, 2000. Vote 64. Voted for a gun control package including new onerous restrictions on gun shows.
- April 7, 2000. Vote 74. Voted against an amendment to provide for the enforcement of existing gun laws in lieu of new burdensome gun control mandates.
- May 16, 2000. Vote 100. Voted to commend the participants of the so-called “Million Mom March” for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures.
- May 17, 2000. Vote 102. Vote to overturn the ruling of the chair that the Daschle amendment(commending the participants of the so-called “Million Mom March” for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures) was out of order.
- May 17, 2000. Vote 103. Voted against an amendment stating “the right of each law-abiding United States citizen to own a firearm for any legitimate purpose, including self-defense or recreation, should not be infringed.”
- May 17, 2000. Vote 104. Voted for an amendment commending the participants of the so-called “Million Mom March” for their demand for more Federal restrictions on firearms ownership, and to urge the passage of strict gun control measures.
- February 26, 2004. Vote 17. Voted for mandatory triggerlocks.
- March 2, 2004. Vote 25. Voted for Federal regulation of gun shows.
- July 28, 2005. Vote 207. Voted for mandatory triggerlocks.
- March 5, 2009. Vote 83. Voted against a ban on the United Nations imposing taxes on American citizens after France and other world leaders proposed a global tax on firearms.
“I’m a life member of the NRA,” the blogger wrote under “Full disclosure.” And under “Full(er) disclosure,” added “That could change.”
“Case in point, the idea that they might well endorse Harry Reid’s re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate in Nevada. Yep. That’s right. On the heels of their bailing on opposition to a bill that would effectively muzzle political dissent (except for Unions, AARP, and the NRA) simply because ‘it doesn’t affect them,’ now comes word that Really Soon Now, the NRA plans to endorse Harry … for another term in the U.S. Senate.”
According to a statement maintained on the NRA website, the endorsement policy for the NRA Political Victory Fund addresses the Nevada fight, in which Reid is facing a battle for the Senate seat with Angle.
“As always in an election year, we receive many calls and e-mails inquiring about our endorsement policy in general, and specific races in particular. That trend has certainly held up this year, as we have received many inquiries about high profile races, such as the Nevada Senate race. For the record, NRA-PVF has not yet announced any ratings or endorsements in this race,” the organization said, including the emphasis in its original statement.
It explains the organization is “non-partisan” and bases its recommendations on “Second Amendment issues.”
But it does note the 4-million-member group “has an incumbent-friendly policy that dictates our support for pro-gun incumbents seeking re-election. It is important that we stand with our friends who stand with us in Congress or the state legislature through their actions.”
The NRA has graded Reid with a “B” this year; even though another organization, Gun Owners of America, has given him an “F.”
Gary Gross at the LookTrueNorth.com site said it would be the second major slight against conservatives.
He cited the organization’s efforts to “negotiate” a “big exemption on a campaign finance bill loathed by the right.”
That would be the DISCLOSE Act, on which WND has reported.
Free-speech advocates have described the plan as a “pernicious” facilitator of the censorship of political comments critical of the Democrat majority. The plan was approved by the House of Representatives, where Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, condemned it as “a backroom deal to shred our Constitution for raw, ugly, partisan gain.”
According to a report in Human Events, the plan to require “disclosure” of donations and leaders of various groups that may release ads or make statements about political issues actually targets the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices in the “Citizens United v. FEC” ruling last winter found that freedom of speech applies to everyone including people, corporations and other organizations. The DISCLOSE Act, H.R. 5175, would apply a long list of new reporting requirements for groups that haven’t met favor with the Democrats.
The “Citizens United” decision was the one for which President Obama publicly chastized the justices for making while they were in the audience at his State of the Union address.
At Human Events, the Connie’s Congress column said, “Democrats have been scrambling to shut down conservative political speech before the November elections this year since the January U.S. Supreme Court decision in ‘Citizens United v. FEC’ that foundfreedom of speech applies to everyone: individuals, corporations and unions.
“Discontented with a more level playing field, Democrats threw together the DISCLOSE Act, a very lengthy and complicated piece of legislation designed solely to undo the court’s decision.”
“The First Amendment says ‘Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.’ It’s first for a reason. Freedom of speech is the basis of our democracy,” Boehner said. “The purpose of this bill, plain and simple, is to allow Democrats to use their majority in this House to silence their political opponents.”
President Obama, as chief of the Democrat majority, however, was pleased with the new limits.
“It mandates unprecedented transparency in campaign spending, and it ensures that corporations who spend money on American elections are accountable first and foremost to the American people,” Obama said in a statement after the vote.
The NRA had opposed it, but then dropped opposition when a special provision was added that would protect the NRA from the new requirements.
Boehner said, “The NRA is all about protecting the Second Amendment, but apparently its leaders don’t care about protecting the First Amendment. That’s very disappointing.”
Politico has reported that if Reid loses, “he’s almost certain to be succeeded as majority leader by a fierce gun-control advocate, either Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin or New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.”
NRA spokesman Arulanandam told the publication, “The Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association are always one bad incident away from politicians like Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin exploiting their agenda of gun control.”
Officials with the NRA told WND their Internet statement stood.
But the report also noted the $61 million “earmarked by Reid,” for a shooting park in Arizona.
It doesn’t take a genius to see that Reid is anything BUT a friend to gun owners. So the question remains, why endorse Reid? Has the NRA gone mad? Are they so far “inside the Beltway,” that they can’t tell this deal from Shinola? Here’s an idea: make them explain themselves. If you wanna know why the NRA has this man-crush on Reid, call the NRA TODAY at 1-800-392-8683. You can either leave a message on their recorder, or wait to speak to a corporate toady live person and listen to them stammer out an excuse. Please…make the call. I don’t wanna regret that Life Membership for the rest of mine…