The Inconvenient Elephant

The NRA finally made their official endorsement of George W. Bush for re-election today (or more accurately, the NRA Political Victory Fund did).  In addition to the above news release, they sent out an email (reproduced in the extended text section) that tries to rally members to participate in the Bush-Cheney campaign.

What I found interesting was the elephant in the room that Mr. Cox failed to acknowledge, specifically the President’s promise that he would sign an “Assault Weapons” ban renewal if it came to him.  Frankly, I don’t care if he didn’t think one would ever get to him.  That he would support such a thing tells me that he’s no real friend to gun owners, despite his past in Texas.  Sure, he’s better than John Kerry, but then a crack-addled syphilitic howler monkey with a case of diarrhea would be better than John Kerry.

So, I don’t think I’ll be enthusiastically running out to join the Bush-Cheney campaign.  If NRA really wants people like me to get out and vote for Bush, perhaps they’d be better served by sending out some of these to the members.



Below is the full test of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund endorsement press release.  (Note that I have added a bunch of verbiage here to prevent the EE Acronym Plugin from munging the first couple of lines, which breaks EE’s use of eval() in the templates).


Today, NRA’s Political Victory Fund ( endorsed President George W. Bush for re-election to the White House.

“On behalf of NRA’s four million members and tens of millions of American gun owners and sportsmen I’m proud to endorse President Bush for re-election to the White House,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “The differences between President Bush and John Kerry on issues of concern to gun owners and sportsmen couldn’t be clearer. John Kerry has never met a gun control bill he didn’t like. He has voted against gun owners more than 50 times as a U.S. Senator, and has accepted the endorsement of the Humane Society of the United States-one of the most virulently anti-hunting organizations in America,” Cox added.

NRA stands with President George W. Bush on November 2,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President. “If you believe in freedom and want to preserve the Second Amendment for future generations, vote to re-elect President Bush and Vice President Cheney. In the United States we have a long tradition of hunting and sport shooting,” stated LaPierre. “President Bush and Vice President Cheney both love to hunt and fish. They know the Constitution guarantees people the personal right to bear arms. And, they want to pass the values of our Nation on to a new generation.”

President Bush: Friend of Gun Owners

  • The Bush Administration stated, “that the text and original intent of the Second Amendment clearly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms,” reversing the Clinton Administration position that the Second Amendment only applies to state militias;
  • President Bush sent representatives to the United Nations with a clear message: we will not allow the UN to impose international regulations that would violate the Second Amendment and infringe on our sovereignty;
  • George W. Bush respects America’s sporting and hunting heritage. His administration signed an agreement with 17 major sportsmen’s organizations to improve hunting and fishing access to Federal lands, and initiated a conservation agenda to protect millions of acres of forest, wetlands, and grasslands for future generations of hunters;
  • As President, he gave money to prosecute federal gun crimes through Project Safe Neighborhoods and signed a national Right-to-Carry law for law enforcement officers;
  • President Bush knows that holding the American firearm industry responsible for the acts of criminals is wrong. That’s why he supported the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” to prevent reckless lawsuits against lawful American businesses.

John Kerry: A Gun Owner’s Worst Nightmare

  • Kerry voted in 2004 to ban most center-fire rifle ammunition, including the most common rounds used by deer hunters, siding with Ted Kennedy, and said in a CNN interview, “I think you ought to tax all ammunition more, personally, I think you ought to tax guns.” (“Late Edition,” Nov. 7, 1993);
  • Kerry cast numerous votes to ban guns, and currently is a co-sponsor of S. 1431, which would ban all semi-automatic shotguns, all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, and many other guns commonly used by sportsmen;
  • Kerry voted to effectively shut down gun shows in America; voted to hold firearm manufacturers responsible for the acts of criminals; and voted 11 times to impose waiting periods on law-abiding gun buyers;
  • Kerry has a 100% voting record with, and earned the endorsement of, the Brady Campaign (Formerly Handgun Control, Inc.)-a group that says you have no right to own any gun. And, he repeatedly earns the support of PETA and the Humane Society of the United States-groups who openly want to ban all hunting in America.

Chris Cox summed it up well: “Without a doubt, John Kerry and John Edwards are the most anti-gun presidential ticket in our country’s history.”

Not understating the importance of the November 2 election for the future of our Second Amendment rights, Wayne LaPierre concluded, “The future of our freedom is at stake on November 2. Join with us, and ask your family, friends, and fellow sportsmen to join with us, in voting for a freer and stronger America. Vote to re-elect President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.”

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Bush-Cheney re-election efforts:

1) The Republican National Committee (RNC) has put together a sportsmen specific 72-Hour Deployment plan. This entails sportsmen and sportswomen from “non-target” states traveling to “target” states to organize sportsmen during the last 72 hours of the campaign. A 72-Hour Task Force Volunteer must be willing to participate in grassroots activities such as walking door to door, mailing literature, and phone banking. He or she must be willing to commit at least five to seven (or even more) days of his time to the 72-Hour Task Force Volunteer Program (though if you can only volunteer a couple/few days, you will be utilized). Each volunteer would need to commit to arriving in the assigned target state no later than the evening of Thursday, October 28, and stay through Election Day. Travel and hotel expenses would be covered. In addition, volunteers will receive a per diem for food. (The RNC will make your travel arrangements.) If you or someone you know can help with this endeavor, please contact Angela Hill at (202) 863-8600 or via e-mail at: ahill -at- WHEN CONTACTING ANGELA, PLEASE LET HER KNOW YOUR ARE AN NRA MEMBER AND SECOND AMENDMENT SUPPORTER!

2) Please contact your local NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC), who is a local NRA member spearheading our pro-gun volunteer campaign efforts. To locate your EVC, please visit NRA’s websites ( or or contact the ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE-8683.



  1. NRAlifer says:

    “So, I don’t think I’ll be enthusiastically running out to join the Bush-Cheney campaign.”

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out
    because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left
    to speak out for me.

    Go ahead and go home since your not “enthusiastic”. Remember that when you lose your 2nd ammendment, it will the first to go.

  2. Listen up, NRAlifer.  I’m also an NRA life member, so you can go fuck yourself.  You’ve got a lot of fucking nerve to come on here and spout that shit. 

    I’m sick and tired of the bullshit that people like you throw at people like me when we don’t toe the party line. You people need to remember that we’re on the same side in a lot of areas.  Just because I don’t fall lock-step into your little party isn’t cause to attack me.  It’s shit like this that makes me more likely to write you people off and go ahead and vote third party.

    If you’d read any of my stuff, rather than just coming here and taking a dump in my comments, you’d know that my lack of enthusiasm is because I don’t think Bush is really a Second Amendment supporter.  Just because the NRA endorses him doesn’t make him a saint, and people like you had best remember that, before you drive the rest of us out.

    And then where would you be?  Although I suppose then you wouldn’t have to worry about political impurity in your little echo chamber.

    Fuck!  This pisses me off!  You express the slightest hesitation about following the party line and people dump shit on you.  What’s worse is you didn’t even have the common decency to leave a real email or name, you cowardly anonymous prick.

  3. NRAlifer says:

    Its fine, you don’t support the 2nd, the NRA or the RNC. Its ok, thats your choice. Don’t be pissed off at me for your own shallow reasonings for your choices. If you can’t see the forest for the trees its better you stay home Nov 2nd anyway before you do something foolish with your vote. BTW I’m also here in the D/FW metro and can’t believe someone like you who talks the talk can’t walk the walk. Next time we have a meet I’ll be sure to shake your hand and introduce myself as that “cowardly anonymous prick”.

    If you hate free speech so much why don’t you close comments? Or better yet censor them. You’ve abandoned the 2nd, might as well do the same with the 1st.

  4. Are you being obtuse on purpose?  Because I don’t see how someone could so completely misunderstand my position.  Just in case your sense of humor was surgically removed, the clothespin was for holding my nose as I voted for Bush.  Given that, I found your comment unbelievably condescending and rude, hence my reaction to it.  Further, I saw it as an attack from someone who is supposed to be an ally, at least in the RKBA area.

    Anyhow, just to make sure there is no misunderstanding, let me examine your last interpretation of my position:
    * If I don’t enthusiastically support the NRA’s endorsement of George W. Bush and actively work with his campaign, I’ve somehow abandoned the second amendment. 
    * If I’m not a Republican and I don’t support the RNC, then I’ve abandoned the second amendment.

    If you accept those premises, then perhaps you’re right.  However, I don’t accept that.  If anything, I’m one of the most strident RKBA supporters you’ll find.  If I had my way, there would be *zero* federal laws on firearms, and the 2nd would be extended to the states to prevent them from passing any form of gun control.  So given that position, perhaps you can understand my disappointment with our current crappy choices.

    However, I’m not a conservative, nor am I a liberal (at least in the current use of the term).  I have no political affiliation anymore, unless someone comes up with a *real* constitution party (and not that bunch that’s calling themselves the Constitution Party at the moment as they’re too religious for my tastes).

    With regards to the first amendment, I think you don’t fully understand it if you really believe what you said.  Remember that it only applies to government.  You have no rights to free speech on private property, which is effectively what this weblog is.  However, your comments are still here, aren’t they?

    As for being an anonymous coward, remember that I’m out here using my real name and laying out my thoughts.  I see you hiding behind a pseudonym and using a fake email address. 

    This response is getting a bit long, so let me wrap it up with this.  Despite my political affiliations (or non-affiliations), and my distaste towards the wimpy position of the NRA in many cases, I’m still a member and I still give money to the cause because they’re the 800-lb gorilla in this game.  I suppose my question to you is do you want as many allies in the RKBA fight as you can get, or do you want ideological purity?  If you want allies, then you’ll come to accept that some of us have different political opinions than you and will express those opinions from time to time.  If you want ideological purity, then continue down your current path and continue alienating non-RNC RKBA supporters.