Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NRA Backs Cotton In Arkansas Senate Race

Editor's Note (9/15/2014): Due to an Arkansas storm, Internet access was interrupted for a week. This story posted retroactively to its correct time slot.

  National Rifle Association touts Cotton's commitment to defending Arkansans' 2nd Amendment rights
 Little Rock, Arkansas — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton announced today that he has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the nation's largest 2nd Amendment organization with over five million members nationwide. The NRA also awarded Tom Cotton an "A" rating for his solidly pro-2nd Amendment voting record.
In the endorsement, the NRA thanked Cotton for being a consistent supporter of 2nd Amendment rights. The endorsement highlighted several of Tom Cotton's policy positions, including: 
  • Tom Cotton opposes banning lawfully owned firearms and magazines. Senator Pryor, on the other hand, voted in 2004 for a 10-year re-authorization of Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein's so-called "assault weapons ban." In reality, the Pryor gun ban bill outlawed some of the most popular hunting rifles. Senator Pryor voted to take away the rights of Arkansans to choose the firearms that work best for us.
     
  • Tom Cotton won't simply rubber-stamp all of President Obama's liberal judges like Senator Mark Pryor did with Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Senator Pryor has rubber-stamped practically every single one of President Obama's judicial nominees, including his two picks for the Supreme Court. 
     
  • Tom Cotton has co-sponsored a concealed carry reciprocity bill, which would enable law-abiding Americans to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry. 
Chris Cox, Chairman of the NRA-Political Victory Fund, said in a letter to Cotton: "The Second Amendment and our right to self-defense are important to many Arkansans, and your positions on these issues demonstrates a stalwart commitment to the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters."
Tom Cotton accepted the endorsement, saying: "I'm proud to have the support of the NRA in this race for U.S. Senate. Arkansas hunters and sportsmen can support me knowing that I won't sell out their interests to advance the interests of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or President Obama when no one is looking. I believe in the individual rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. I'll always protect our Arkansas values and our 2nd Amendment rights."
Background:
In March 2004, Pryor Voted To Reauthorize The Assault Weapons Ban. “Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment no. 2637 that would provide for a 10-year re-authorization of the assault weapons ban set to expire in September 2004.” (S. 1805, CQ Vote #24: Adopted 52-47: R 10-41; D 41-6; I 1-0, 3/2/04, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Said in 2004 on Assault Weapons Ban: “I Didn’t See How I Could Vote Any Other Way. … Hopefully, The People Back Home Will Understand.” (Paul Barton, “2 Parties See Close Presidential Race In State, Analyst Says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/4/04)

Supported The Brady Bill And The Assault Weapons Ban in 2002: CNN’s JONATHAN KARL: “So would you voted, for instance, for the Brady Bill or for the assault weapons ban? Those were key gun control bills.” PRYOR: “I actually do support those. And I support closing the loophole at gun shows.” (CNN’s, “Inside Politics,” 10/28/02)
Senator Pryor Can't Be Trusted To Support Concealed Carry Reciprocity. According to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, Senator Pryor originally voted “Nay,” but after receiving permission from Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pryor changed his vote to “Yea.” (Dana Milbank, “Gun-Shy,” The Washington Post, July 23, 2009)

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2 comments:

Bill Minyard said...

And they also Backed Mike Ross and Asa at the same time.....!

Bill Smith said...

Bill, Did you mean in the past? I even recall them endorsing Marion Berry - I was livid. I have checked the NRA-ILA site and cannot find them doing so this year. The NRA did endorse ASA Hutchinson.