“For most of the last three decades, the NRA supported both Republicans and Democrats making bids for seats in federal elections, provided that the candidate paid proper fealty to its positions on gun rights,” our good friends at Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitprop arm report. “That era is over. An analysis of the independent election expenditures by the New York Daily News and The Trace reveals that over the three most recent federal election cycles, the NRA’s spending on behalf of Democrats has dwindled to virtually nothing — even as overall election-related spending by the gun group soared to more than $32 million in 2014.” The move reflects . . .
the Democrats’ full-on embrace of gun control, as witnessed by presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s very public support for “gun safety” and her declaration that she will appoint a Supreme Court Justice who’s ready to roll-back the Heller decision (which ruled that the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms trumps local and state law).
The NRA’s common-sense (sic) decision to focus their members’ money on ousting Democrats makes perfect sense. It’s led two-term Arkansas Democratic senator Mark Pryor to declare “the NRA is now a Republican organization.” Perhaps so — but only in the sense that the Democratic Party is now the unabashed, unalloyed party of civilian disarmament.
In any case…result!
During the most recent 2014 cycle, the NRA poured money into 46 congressional races — and got its desired result in 72 percent of them.
In the 20 races in which the NRA gave the most money in indirect expenditures over the past three election cycles, the group got its desired result 15 times, the analysis by the News and The Trace found. But there are a few notable exceptions, including the 2012 presidential race, during which the NRA spent $9.8 million attacking President Barack Obama and $2.7 million supporting Mitt Romney’s losing run.
Yeah, too bad about that. But the NRA’s gotta do what the NRA’s gotta do: defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.