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.here.
GOP Candidate Sharron Angle is a Reagan conservative and already has the support of Gun Owners of America. Why is the NRA considering endorsing anti-gun rights "Dingy" Harry Reid? Here is what the NRA's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
The NRA is frightened by the possibility that Harry Reid would be replaced by an anti-gun Democrat as majority leader. "Truthfully, the two individuals vying for majority leader should Harry Reid lose are the two most rabidly anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment senators in Washington, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin," Cox said. "Does that give concern to NRA members and gun owners all over America? Absolutely, it does."
That argument doesn't hold water. There is no grantee Democrats will even maintain control of the Senate after the 2010 election cycle. Even if they do, it won't matter who the controls the leadership. The tidal wave of Republican and conservative victories this fall will drastically change the makeup of the House and Senate. Any anti-gun legislation will be doomed to stall out.
The other possible reason for a NRA endorsement of Harry Reid is more unsettling. The NRA may have sold out it's membership similar to what the AARP did to theirs by endorsing Obamacare. Reportedly, the NRA has become much more profit driven in recent years.
My support for the NRA has been on the wane for some years now. Like other members, I’ve seen comments such as “I had a basic membership and they kept harassing me for more funds” and ”I felt like they were no longer supporting the Second Amendment or myself as a gun owner”. There are plenty of these comments out there and they’re not hard to find. In my own case, they kept sending me unsolicited materials, such as videos, promptly followed by an invoice. Annoying, to say the least.
The NRA negotiated a "carve out" exclusion from the DISCLOSE ACT. The DISCLOSE ACT is the Democrats response to the Supreme Court striking down limits on campaign ads by businesses and unions prior to an election.
The NRA "carve-out" reaffirms the wisdom of the First Amendment's precise language: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech."
Congress can't help itself. Since 1798, with the Alien and Sedition Acts, incumbent politicians have yearned for legal duct tape for their opponents' mouths. The Disclose Act is a doozy of a muzzle.
Here is an interview where the NRA's media liaison Rachel Parsons explains how the NRA sold out the First Amendment for the Second Amendment. At the 7:21 mark:
“We had to put the Second Amendment over the First Amendment.”
As part of this deal, there are reports NRA Board members have been gagged from speaking out against Obama's SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan.
Jimmy Z does a good job explaining this betrayal by the NRA's leadership of their members. There is bleeped profanity near the end.
The AARP lost a reported 200,000 members, by January 2010, after they endorsed Obamacare. If the NRA endorses Harry Reid, every NRA member should cancel their membership.