Sunday, August 20, 2006

Congratulations Asa But.......(NRA Arkansas Stinks)

Asa Hutchinson has gotten the endorsement of the National Rifle Association of Arkansas this past week, along with Democratic Congressment Marion Berry and Mike Ross.

The NRA did not make any endorsements in the down ticket races. In a couple of races, this is a travesty. For example, for Attorney General Gunner DeLay was not deemed worthy of the endorsement even though his opponent, Representative Dustin McDaniel, was a vital part of a lawsuit against Remington Arms. He was trying to wring money out of Remington for not forcing you to buy a trigger lock every time you buy a gun. McDaniel had a good record on the few gun votes he had during his one term in the legislature, but that was not much. DeLay had a much longer run in the legislature and a more sustained pro-gun voting record.

The clearest example that NRA Arkansas has problems is in the Lt. Governor's race. They have been in a feud with Republican Jim Holt ever since they refused to endorse him against Blanche Lincoln. Holt had been a member with straight A's and Lincoln had a poor gun record. Holt critisized that decision as cowardly, claiming they were backing candidates based not on their gun record, but on their ability to win.

Then, in the Republican Primary, NRA Arkanasas stunned many obeservors by endorsing Rep. Doug Matayo in the Lt. Governor's primary even though he and Holt had virtually identical legislative records on gun issues. Matayo still finished last in that race, but it raised some eyebrows that the NRA was not willing to endorse the "A" rated Holt over the "C-" Lincoln, but took sides in a Republican primary where both candidates had "A" ratings.

Now we have a general election where Halter has no gun record whatsoever, but is so liberal on other issues that he is suspect on guns as well. He has spent the last 25 years in California and Washington, where gun laws are much more restrictive than Arkansas. NRA Arkansas has opted not to endorse the man with a lifetime straight A rating (Holt) over a liberal with no record at all on gun issues. Why on earth not? Petty payback? That is not what the members pay dues for. They count on the NRA for an objective look at candidates on gun issues. They are not getting their money's worth.

I suggest taking a look at the Gun Owners of America. They are a smaller, leaner, and straighter shooting organization that does many of the things the NRA does. People who are more interested in defending gun rights than delivering personal payback might want to consider switching their membership.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see every conservative member of the NRA in Arkansas drop their membership in protest of the NRA endorsements of liberal candidates. I don't care if one candidate if favored to win over another candidate. The primary issue is whether or not that candidate will protect the second amendment rights of the citizens. I'd trust someone with an A rating over someone with a C or below rating any day.
Gunner not getting the NRA endorsement is news to me. Gunner cares more about the gun owner's rights than Dusty does.

5:43 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You ought to add the NRA's endorsement of Marion Berry over Stubby Stumbaugh to their list of ridiculousness.

6:40 PM, August 20, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yes, does anyone know more about that?

7:48 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Asa. I knew I was a member for something!

6:39 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gunnar doesn't even own a license in Arkansas. Maybe they see that as a problem.

6:43 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean a hunting license? Are they the NRA or the NHA?

The second ammendment was not included in the Constitution to protect hunters.

9:55 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NRA should endorse Asa, Holt and Gunner. All of their records are clear and it is a shame that the NRA can't have a stronger backbone.

2:52 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blanche got a D- in the '04 Senate race, yet the NRA wouldn't endorse A+ rated Holt!

I don't blame the national organization, they can only listen with the ears they have around these parts-- the incompetent boobs at the state level.

4:31 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are really stretching on this Dustin thing

From these pics I can really tell how much he hates guns

Dustin v. Gunner

You guys are insane Dustin is a lifelong hunter and Gunner is a pansy ass city boy who looks like an idiot pretending to be pro-gun yet has never owened a hunting license...so Gunner is either the biggest game and fish outlaw in history

Or he is full of it and has never hunted in his life

5:06 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical liberal voter- all you need is a picture on a push card and a "D" by the name. Dustin can line up for a hundrded photo-ops, it won't erase the fact that he sued Remington over trigger locks.

As far as Gunner ever having hunter's license, did you not read the above comment: "The second ammendment was not included in the Constitution [merely] to protect hunters" ? Another sign you are a typical liberal voter: assuming that one has to enjoy killing small animals in order to be pro-gun or pro-2nd Amendment.

Try selling that garbage to your kind over at Arktimes, there are thinkers on this blog.

5:56 PM, August 21, 2006  

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