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Jul 30 2014

NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr

Once again we have to ask, what the hell is the NRA up to? Via Bluegrass Bruce:

The NRA is supporting moderate [i.e., liberal] Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander in his primary against Tea Party challenger Joe Carr, despite Alexander’s poor track record on gun issues in Congress. …

Alexander sided with Democrats when gun rights were on the line in 2013. When Rand Paul tried to lead a Republican filibuster of the Obama’s background check bill, Sen. Alexander joined Democrats and provided a crucial vote to allow debate. He also voted to confirm Obama’s gun-grabbing Attorney General, Eric Holder.

In contrast, Gun Owners of America endorses Carr, whose commitment to gun rights appears much more solid.

This is far from the first time that the NRA has chosen to support a moderate Republican with a weak record on guns over a more worthy conservative challenger. The group endorsed several moderate candidates in 2014 including Mitch McConnell, Mike Simpson and Thad Cochran.

Like Alexander, Mitch McConnell won the NRA’s support despite having a history of weakness on gun issues.

To have any weight to throw around in Washington, you have to be big. Unfortunately, the bigger you are, the more corrupted you become. Overall the NRA is still a force for good, but if we don’t keep an eye on it, it might not always be.

Lamar-Alexander


60 Responses to “NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr”

  1. goodgrief says:

    Just sent this to the NRA via their “Contact Us” link on their homepage.

    I just read that the NRA is placing its support behind Lamar Alexander instead of Joe Carr. Is this true? If, So, can you please tell me why?

    Thank You.

  2. goodgrief says:

    Just sent this to the NRA via their “Contact Us” link on their homepage.

    I just read that the NRA is placing its support behind Lamar Alexander instead of Joe Carr. Is this true? If, So, can you please tell me why?

    Thank You.

  3. Mr. Mentalo says:

    We already know why.

    The NRA has caved. The GOP has co-opted them. The Tea Party scares them (which should be all anyone needs to know).

    Not one red cent will I ever again send them. I’ll say this to Wayne LaPierre like I do all leftists:

    “If you think we’ll side with you no matter what, you’re mistaking us for progressives. Unlike them, we are not slobbering sheep waiting to be lead around by the nose. We won’t circle the wagons. We won’t go along with whatever you say, just because it’s you. We hold to principles and values and (speaking for myself) have only one leader I’ll be a sheep to…and He doesn’t work for the NRA.”

  4. Mr. Mentalo says:

    We already know why.

    The NRA has caved. The GOP has co-opted them. The Tea Party scares them (which should be all anyone needs to know).

    Not one red cent will I ever again send them. I’ll say this to Wayne LaPierre like I do all leftists:

    “If you think we’ll side with you no matter what, you’re mistaking us for progressives. Unlike them, we are not slobbering sheep waiting to be lead around by the nose. We won’t circle the wagons. We won’t go along with whatever you say, just because it’s you. We hold to principles and values and (speaking for myself) have only one leader I’ll be a sheep to…and He doesn’t work for the NRA.”

  5. Mr. Mentalo says:

    …but it IS a good idea to write them and call ’em on it. While you’re at it, cancel your membership and make it clear you will NEVER renew.

    That’s what I did.

  6. Mr. Mentalo says:

    …but it IS a good idea to write them and call ’em on it. While you’re at it, cancel your membership and make it clear you will NEVER renew.

    That’s what I did.

  7. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    The NRA is self-serving by casting doubt on the future of 2A.
    Remember the rule: “If there weren’t any wolves, you wouldn’t need shepherds.”
    They’ve always made backroom deals with the ATF.
    Sad.

  8. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    The NRA is self-serving by casting doubt on the future of 2A.
    Remember the rule: “If there weren’t any wolves, you wouldn’t need shepherds.”
    They’ve always made backroom deals with the ATF.
    Sad.

  9. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Case in point: How many terms would I have served had I ended the Great Depression in four years?

  10. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Case in point: How many terms would I have served had I ended the Great Depression in four years?

  11. Sweep_the_leg_11590 says:

    Simple. Money. They are corrupt. Simple.

  12. Sweep_the_leg_11590 says:

    Simple. Money. They are corrupt. Simple.

  13. Super Hamster says:

    Everything must be infested with RINOS. They must be harder to get rid of then a
    Cucaracha

  14. Super Hamster says:

    Everything must be infested with RINOS. They must be harder to get rid of then a
    Cucaracha

  15. . says:

    The Collective assimilated the Democratic Party in the 1970s, it’s currently int he process of assimilating the Republican Party, why not assimilate the NRA as well?

  16. . says:

    The Collective assimilated the Democratic Party in the 1970s, it’s currently int he process of assimilating the Republican Party, why not assimilate the NRA as well?

  17. oldguy says:

    What has happened to the NRA is the same thing that has happened to the AARP.

  18. oldguy says:

    What has happened to the NRA is the same thing that has happened to the AARP.

  19. Rex Kwon Do says:

    Take it for granted, when it comes to anything in politics….. the game is rigged.

  20. Taters...mmhmmm says:

    Take it for granted, when it comes to anything in politics….. the game is rigged.

  21. Rex Kwon Do says:

    They would have dumped you out of your wheelchair into the Potomac.

  22. Taters...mmhmmm says:

    They would have dumped you out of your wheelchair into the Potomac.

  23. WingMann says:

    Sadly, I agree oldguy, and therefore I now support both organizations equally.

  24. WingMann says:

    Sadly, I agree oldguy, and therefore I now support both organizations equally.

  25. Henry says:

    I’m done. I’ve been pondering it for the last year or two, but now I’m moving on.

    I’ll miss the monthly mags, though – best toilet reading ever!

  26. Henry says:

    I’m done. I’ve been pondering it for the last year or two, but now I’m moving on.

    I’ll miss the monthly mags, though – best toilet reading ever!

  27. TED says:

    I have contacted the NRA, I suggest any other members here do the same. I am a Benefactor Member and told them they need to support their MEMBERS.

  28. TED says:

    I have contacted the NRA, I suggest any other members here do the same. I am a Benefactor Member and told them they need to support their MEMBERS.

    FOR POLITICAL QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
    http://contact.nra.org/thank-you.aspx

  29. TED says:

    I know what you mean, guess I’m going to have to take their all-the-time calls.

  30. TED says:

    I know what you mean, guess I’m going to have to take their all-the-time calls.

  31. TED says:

    I’m NOT that far yet.

  32. TED says:

    I’m NOT that far yet.

  33. TED says:

    THIS IS THE THING TO DO.

  34. TED says:

    THIS IS THE THING TO DO.

  35. TED says:

    WE NEED ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS ON OUR SIDE WE CAN GET. YES IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CALL THEM ON IT! LET’S NOT LOSE ANOTHER.

  36. TED says:

    WE NEED ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS ON OUR SIDE WE CAN GET. YES IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CALL THEM ON IT! LET’S NOT LOSE ANOTHER.

  37. […] NRA Backs Lamar Alexander Against Pro-2A Tea Partier Joe Carr […]

  38. Deutscherw1969 says:

    Seriously, do people even bother to check the facts. It’s easily checked simply by going to NRA’s PAC website, http://www.NRAPVF.org. NRA is not endorsing anyone in the TN US Senate primary.

  39. Deutscherw1969 says:

    Seriously, do people even bother to check the facts. It’s easily checked simply by going to NRA’s PAC website, http://www.NRAPVF.org. NRA is not endorsing anyone in the TN US Senate primary.

  40. Deutscherw1969 says:

    NRA isn’t endorsing Alexander. See NRAPVF.org

  41. Deutscherw1969 says:

    NRA isn’t endorsing Alexander. See NRAPVF.org

  42. Deutscherw1969 says:

    NRA didn’t endorse Alexander. Not sure where this is coming from but visit NRAPVF.org and you will see they made no endorsement.

  43. Deutscherw1969 says:

    NRA didn’t endorse Alexander. Not sure where this is coming from but visit NRAPVF.org and you will see they made no endorsement.

  44. Jodie says:

    I will tell you one thing, Satan is quite successful – and will be for as long as God allows him to be. Through Obama, the Devil has a lot of people on the right turning against each other. We are now turning against the NFL (due to the phony head injury claims and the pain killers law suits); we are turning on the NRA because we see it supporting the wrong causes; many are turning against Republicans who we now see as RINOs; and a lot of folks are angry at a majority of Hispanics and blacks, who have come to this country in the wrong way and they do not love it or respect it.

    You may notice that we are not winning many – if any – battles anymore.

    This will not last forever, but it WILL get much worse before it gets better. The Great Tribulation is coming and that is a fact.

  45. Jodie says:

    I will tell you one thing, Satan is quite successful – and will be for as long as God allows him to be. Through Obama, the Devil has a lot of people on the right turning against each other. We are now turning against the NFL (due to the phony head injury claims and the pain killers law suits); we are turning on the NRA because we see it supporting the wrong causes; many are turning against Republicans who we now see as RINOs; and a lot of folks are angry at a majority of Hispanics and blacks, who have come to this country in the wrong way and they do not love it or respect it.

    You may notice that we are not winning many – if any – battles anymore.

    This will not last forever, but it WILL get much worse before it gets better. The Great Tribulation is coming and that is a fact.

  46. PPs43 says:

    “Overall the NRA is still a force for good, but if we don’t keep an eye on it, it might not always be.”

    Meh. I cut up my NRA card and mailed it back to them in 1968.

  47. PPs43 says:

    “Overall the NRA is still a force for good, but if we don’t keep an eye on it, it might not always be.”

    Meh. I cut up my NRA card and mailed it back to them in 1968.

  48. JDHasty says:

    Not true. Go to the NRA website and check for yourself. I am an endowment NRA and Life GOA member and my one and five year old daughters are both Life members. The NRA has to be reminded to keep their act together from time to time. But both are valuable organizations. GOA possible has the edge in best representing their members though.

  49. JDHasty says:

    Not true. Go to the NRA website and check for yourself. I am an endowment NRA and Life GOA member and my one and five year old daughters are both Life members. The NRA has to be reminded to keep their act together from time to time. But both are valuable organizations. GOA possible has the edge in best representing their members though.

  50. RaoulO says:

    What the NRA is up to is following the same policy which has served it, its members and every American gun owner for decades.

    The NRA is non partisan and grades politicians on Second Amendment issues only.

    Not prayer in school., foreign policy or price supports for sugar beets.

    When candidates’ RKBA records are anything close to equal the NRA policy favors the incumbent, because they usually get re-elected and because that’s where the power and votes are.

    This is why no federal anti-gun law has passed in twenty years. It’s why so many fake “conservatives” vote our way. It’s why Democrats respect and fear the NRA.

    It’s why NRA is the strongest single issue citizens group in DC.

    It’s also why NRA has about five million members while Larry Pratt and his little
    GOA have about 5% of that.

  51. RaoulO says:

    What the NRA is up to is following the same policy which has served it, its members and every American gun owner for decades.

    The NRA is non partisan and grades politicians on Second Amendment issues only.

    Not prayer in school., foreign policy or price supports for sugar beets.

    When candidates’ RKBA records are anything close to equal the NRA policy favors the incumbent, because they usually get re-elected and because that’s where the power and votes are.

    This is why no federal anti-gun law has passed in twenty years. It’s why so many fake “conservatives” vote our way. It’s why Democrats respect and fear the NRA.

    It’s why NRA is the strongest single issue citizens group in DC.

    It’s also why NRA has about five million members while Larry Pratt and his little
    GOA have about 5% of that.

  52. JDHasty says:

    Raoul,

    The NRA has it’s faults. To not recognize that is simply disingenuous and does not serve to make the NRA as powerful an organization as it can be. That being said, I am an Endowment member and my daughters are both Life members and I donate to them. BUT, GOA does a better job of representing our interest than the NRA does.

    The high muckety mucks at the NRA should probably be scrutinized very closely and most of them shown the door as well as a lot of the mid level people there.

    The internal politics has resulted in a lot of ass kissers and “politicians” ending up in positions that we would be much better served having other more qualified people in. They cannot be trusted.

    As far as Alexander’s NRA rating, it is based on his voting RECORD. Period.

  53. JDHasty says:

    Raoul,

    The NRA has it’s faults. To not recognize that is simply disingenuous and does not serve to make the NRA as powerful an organization as it can be. That being said, I am an Endowment member and my daughters are both Life members and I donate to them. BUT, GOA does a better job of representing our interest than the NRA does.

    The high muckety mucks at the NRA should probably be scrutinized very closely and most of them shown the door as well as a lot of the mid level people there.

    The internal politics has resulted in a lot of ass kissers and “politicians” ending up in positions that we would be much better served having other more qualified people in. They cannot be trusted.

    As far as Alexander’s NRA rating, it is based on his voting RECORD. Period.

  54. RaoulO says:

    I’m a life member, joined over 30 years ago and have several friends who have swerved on the board of directors. I know there are numerous internal problems with the NRA, I just don’t think the grading and endorsement policy is one of them.

    I salute the NRA board and officers for resisting attempts by “conservatives” who think the NRA owes them something and are constantly trying to co-opt the NRA for their own pet issues. Ane I salute my fellow dues paying and contributing members for carrying the water for gun owners who always find some self righteous excuse for quitting or not joining in the first place.

    I agree with GOA on all the RKBA issues. I’m turned off by Pratt’s treatment of the movement as a zero sum game. He seems to think the only way to build GOA is by bad mouthing NRA and poaching its members and their dues.

    Another thing…NRA can be improved by the voting members getting involved in the nomination and election of directors.

    GOA doesn’t allow members to elect a board of directors. Larry appoints family and friends to those positions.

  55. RaoulO says:

    I’m a life member, joined over 30 years ago and have several friends who have swerved on the board of directors. I know there are numerous internal problems with the NRA, I just don’t think the grading and endorsement policy is one of them.

    I salute the NRA board and officers for resisting attempts by “conservatives” who think the NRA owes them something and are constantly trying to co-opt the NRA for their own pet issues. Ane I salute my fellow dues paying and contributing members for carrying the water for gun owners who always find some self righteous excuse for quitting or not joining in the first place.

    I agree with GOA on all the RKBA issues. I’m turned off by Pratt’s treatment of the movement as a zero sum game. He seems to think the only way to build GOA is by bad mouthing NRA and poaching its members and their dues.

    Another thing…NRA can be improved by the voting members getting involved in the nomination and election of directors.

    GOA doesn’t allow members to elect a board of directors. Larry appoints family and friends to those positions.

  56. JDHasty says:

    Fair enough.

    He can’t “poach” me or my two girls – I am an Endowment member and my kids are Life members so that is a done deal. The NRA is infested with back slapping, two faced deal cutters who are nothing but bureaucrats.

    As for those who think the NRA should grade candidates based on any other criteria than their stand/votes on RKBA issues and other CLOSELY related hunting issues they are misguided.

  57. JDHasty says:

    Fair enough.

    He can’t “poach” me or my two girls – I am an Endowment member and my kids are Life members so that is a done deal. The NRA is infested with back slapping, two faced deal cutters who are nothing but bureaucrats.

    As for those who think the NRA should grade candidates based on any other criteria than their stand/votes on RKBA issues and other CLOSELY related hunting issues they are misguided.

  58. More and more, I feel as if the NRA is no different from the AARP. Crooks and liars all.

  59. More and more, I feel as if the NRA is no different from the AARP. Crooks and liars all.

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