October 9, 2008

World Class Hypocrites: NRA Endorses Enemy of the 2nd Amendment McCain


Contact: John Robinson, Chief of Staff, AHSA, +1-202-262-3252

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Ray Schoenke, President, American Hunters and Shooters:

Today, the National Rifle Association demonstrated once again that it is a partisan political entity, not an organization committed to the best interests of gun owners.

In 2001, the NRAs magazine, Americas First Freedom, said that John McCain was one of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment. That came after McCain introduced federal legislation on gun show background checks, which came after McCains appearances in television ads supporting referenda in Colorado and Oregon to require backgrounds checks at gun shows. The NRA vehemently opposed those measures, which were passed by voters. The ads can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1c4Ko2KvEwand here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o545OWyD-k

In 2004, the NRA endorsed George Bush despite his long-standing support for renewal of the federal assault weapons ban, a measure also vehemently opposed by the NRA. In fact, John McCain voted for the renewal of the assault weapons ban in 2004, when he supported S. 1805, which included an amendment on assault weapons.

This history is important. Its hard to imagine any Democrat getting a similar pass from the NRA. In fact, the NRA has been going over Barack Obamas state senate record with a microscope to find any bad vote. Meanwhile, Obama has repeatedly expressed support for the Second Amendment and has even supported a key NRA bill in the U.S. Senate.

But, the NRAs long memory on Obama is contradicted by its lack of honest scrutiny of John McCain and his record. The GOP nominee mocked the NRA to its face by appearing in those TV ads in 2000 and serving as the lead sponsor for gun show legislation. The NRA is holding Obama accountable for votes taken 10 years ago, but giving McCain a pass for his actions within the past 8 years.

But, the leaders of the NRA always put their own political interests first. Theyre willing to spend the millions of dollars of their members money to fight Obama when McCain has led the charge against the organization. The NRA is spending those millions to deceive its members and other gun owners. Three independent sources - - FactCheck.org, CNN and the Washington Post, have found the NRAs ads misleading and false.

And, the truth is that NRA has been selling out hunters on conservation interests for years. The organization that I head, the American Hunters and Shooters Association put out a comprehensive report showing that the NRA has support Members of Congress with the worst conservation records (Read the report at: www.realhuntersrealconservation.org). Our report showed that the NRA has stood with George Bush, John McCain, and the corporate lobbyists instead of standing up for hunters and shooters interest in protecting our forests and public lands.

Todays action by the NRA wasnt unexpected. It just confirms that Wayne LaPierre has made that once great institution nothing but a pawn of the right wing conservative politicians.

A formerWashingtonRedskin great and avid hunter who now runs a 300-acre hunting farm onMaryland'sEastern Shore, Ray Schoenke is the president of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA). Located inMaryland, AHSA is an organization committed to supporting the right to keep and bear arms, responsible gun ownership, and conservation.

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John Robinson, Chief of Staff


SOURCE American Hunters and Shooters Association

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