Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NRA Voting Endorsements Alarm the New York Times

     Dear Friends,
     I just came across an article that made me chuckle: a New York Times article that sounds the alarm about the NRA's "get out the vote" effort.  One thing that made me laugh was the following line: "The gun-rights group is set to send out 4 million — 4 million! — voter cards to members in every state."  Are they scared, incredulous, or heaven forbid encouraging law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to vote?  It is hard to tell, but I think it might be all of those things.  Perhaps even more enlightening are the comments about the article.  I'll leave it up to you to give them a look and to draw your own conclusions.  Suffice it to say that the opponents of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms don't seem like they are only limited in their desire to curtail our liberties guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.  If you ever needed a reason to vote, that should be enough.
     I've received one of those endorsement cards in the mail already.  Please don't glance at it and toss it. Share it with your family and friends. Make copies and post them on bulletin boards at work, leave some at your local gun shop or hunting club. There are a lot of folks out their who share our interest in liberty but don't know who to vote for, what to ask or where to get unvarnished information. That is where you can help by sharing endorsement cards. When you send e-mails, insert a link to my blog or the NRA-PVF endorsement page under your signature.
     So the New York Times is alarmed.  We must be doing something right.
Tip of the Day:  Need a ride to the polls?  With early voting your opportunity to vote is even more convenient than ever before.  Drop me a line and I'll put you in touch with one of our Frontlines Volunteers who can help out.  Whatever you do, make sure your voice is heard at the ballot box.  If you need help in any way, please let me know what I can do.

     Sincerely yours,
     Tom Goffe


  1. As a gun owner and strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, I am troubled by some of the NRA endorsements myself, but for a different reason.

    Take North Carolina Congressional seats for example. There are five of them that are considered competitive, the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 11th districts. In two of those, the 2nd and 4th, the candidates are clearly on opposite sides on gun rights, as the Republicans get an A from NRA and the Democrats a D and an F. Given the differences on gun issues, common sense would dictate that these would be the main races that a pro-gun organization would concentrate on. But NRA has NOT endorsed, nor contributed money nor sent out the orange election alert postcards in either of these districts!

    Where did NRA get actively involved with endorsement and other help? In the three competitive districts where both candidates had pro-gun NRA ratings, and in all three of them, NRA backed the Democrat over the Republican. It is nothing but stupid to waste resources backing one ally against another ally, when those resources should be used to back a pro-gun candidate who can defeat an anti-gun candidate.

    I am not even looking at the non-competitive districts as those are foregone conclusions and endorsements there are consequently just for show.

    The pattern of endorsements and non-endorsement in North Carolina Congressional races looks very suspiciously Democrat friendly in a very partisan way.

  2. Actually, in the 2nd Congressional District the NRA endorsed Renee Ellmers for the US House of Representatives earlier today.

    Keep in mind that the NRA is interested in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the party affiliation of a candidate or their stances on other issues of the day have nothing to do with whether or not the NRA endorses their candidacy. Extending an endorsement is a privilege that the NRA takes seriously and they do not automatically make an endorsement in every contest.

  3. Well, I guess better late than never! But as late as this is, I am sure the 2nd District would not have gotten the benefit of the orange election alert postcards. Those probably went to the other competitive districts in NC where the NRA backed Democrats against pro-gun Republicans, races NRA should have either stayed out of or endorsed both candidates, since they rated both candidates pro-gun.