NRA Commentator And Navy Seal Dom Raso On Personal Protection

NRA Commentator And Navy Seal Dom Raso On Personal Protection

Dom Raso, a former Navy Seal has become a commentator for the NRA and puts forward yet another compelling argument against gun control legislation; namely, when SHTF, who is in the middle of it? The police, the politicians, or you? He also points out that now that he is a civilian, he is no longer considered responsible enough to use a firearm by politicians and military brass pushing gun control.

NRA Backing Dems

It appears that the NRA is just as deaf as AARP; they are backing incumbent democrats in 58 races.

According to the Washington Post, the NRA has a policy of being ‘incumbent friendly’ if both candidates for a seat are pro-gun rights.

NRA backs Democrats in key races, frustrating GOP

So far this year, the NRA has endorsed 58 incumbent House Democrats, including more than a dozen in seats that both parties view as critical to winning a majority.

In South Dakota, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) got the NRA’s endorsement even though her opponent, Kristi Noem (R), has made her fondness for hunting a prominent part of her campaign.

Noem’s campaign manager, Joshua Shields, said that regardless of Herseth Sandlin’s record on gun issues, she would still support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), “one of the most anti-gun speakers Congress has ever had.”

“We made that argument to the NRA,” Shields said. “Obviously it didn’t work.”

The thumbs-up from the NRA has given Democrats who represent conservative districts, such as Herseth Sandlin, an opportunity to fight back against repeated attacks that they’re tied to their party’s liberal leaders in Washington. With an NRA endorsement in hand, candidates are able to assert that they are willing to choose their constituents over their leaders when warranted. (emphasis added)

Wow…willing to choose their consitutents over their leaders WHEN warranted.

God save us from the political class and the elites.

The NRA Uses Progressive Tactics

I think the NRA just shot themselves in the foot by using tactics that are normally prescribed to the progressive left, namely “win at any cost” and “the ends justify the means”.

From WSJ:

Guns and Free Speech

The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment.

The campaign finance bill, sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Chris Van Hollen, is the Democratic response to the Supreme Court’s January decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which restored the First Amendment right of corporations, unions and nonprofits to make independent campaign expenditures. At the time, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre calledCitizens United “a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us.”

Look who’s arrogant and elitist now. Under the Schumer-Van Hollen bill, political speech would be bound up with new restrictions, including special burdens on government contractors and corporations that have a certain level of foreign ownership or received TARP funds. The bill also includes disclosure rules designed to hit corporations, requiring CEOs to appear to “approve this message” the way politicians do, and for groups to identify their donors. Except for the NRA.

Under the NRA carve-out in the House bill, the new rules won’t apply to any organizations that have been around for more than 10 years, have more than a million members and receive less than 15% of their funding from corporate donors. That fits the NRA nicely, though as best we can figure, everyone else, from the Sierra Club to Planned Parenthood, fails to qualify. So much for defending the little guy against the fat cats.

This backroom deal came at the behest of Democrats from conservative states, for whom the NRA’s scorecard of their legislative record can be a major boost or obstacle to election. Creating a special exception for the NRA, and thereby assuring the Democrats “good grades” on Second Amendment rights, eases the way for the bill to be passed. A failing grade on First Amendment rights is somebody else’s problem.

By erecting what amounts to a grandfather clause of First Amendment rights, the bill creates a sort of interest-group incumbency, concentrating the power to speak freely among a handful of large and longstanding groups. Established organizations like the NRA provide important representation for their members, but their lobbying cause is specific and limited.

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