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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The How and Why of NRA Endorsements

NRANews host Cam Edwards delved into this a little last night with a call or talkback from a listener.  I thought it important enough to mention here because VSSA has heard from folks upset with some of NRA's endorsements.  NRA wrote last week:

We have an incumbent-friendly policy that dictates our support for pro-gun incumbents seeking reelection over pro-gun challengers, as voting records trump statements in support of the Second Amendment.  We stand with our friends who stand with us in Congress or the state legislature.  We would lose all credibility if we abandoned our friends who have stood by us(emphasis added).  Of course, should a pro-gun challenger win his election, then he will be the beneficiary of this policy when he seeks re-election. 
...Our endorsements are recommendations only.  We understand and respect that voters will decide for themselves how important non-gun-related issues are, and on which issues they will base their final voting decisions.  Our job is to provide the clearest information possible on a candidate's stance on Second Amendment-related issues and to encourage our members and supporters to "Vote Freedom First!" on Election Day.
Cam told the caller/talkbacker it is ultimately up to elected officials and candidates to make sure they represent the views of their constituents.  It is very possible that in this year's election climate, simply being good on guns may not be enough for many pro-second amendment voters.

For those Virginia gun owners upset with the NRA endorsement of incumbents like Tom Perriello, Glenn Nye and Rick Boucher, please keep the above in mind.

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