Guess who’s addressing the NRA?

As far back as 2001, Americans for Gun Safety, a Second Amendment restrictive organization, commended Arizona Sen. John McCain for his stance on “closing the gun show loopholes.”

Their website says, “Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) is pleased to join with….Senator McCain, and the people of Colorado and Oregon in supporting these common-sense solutions that will help keep guns out of the hands of kids and criminals.” 

That was when McCain ventured into the two states via slick television ad campaigns linking mass murders to gun show sales.

The site acknowledged AGS will spend at least one million dollars on an advertising and organizing campaign to support new bi-partisan legislation sponsored by Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman.

Helen Thomas, matriarch of the left-wing press bastion commended him in Hats off to John McCain effort to close gun-show loophole.

During his 2008 presidential campaign, U.S. News and World Reports ran a Washington Whispers piece titled, John McCain still backs closing gun show loophole, in which they gift him with praise no genuine Republican would desire: “McCain’s comments will likely lead to some grumbling among the NRA crowd, but the organization’s officials say that McCain is a better supporter of the Second Amendment than either of the Democratic candidates.”

Some compliment!

Now The Hill quotes the Brady Campaign’s president Paul Helmke lamenting President Bush’s past support of gun owner’s rights and extolling Obama and the Democrats, joined by McCain, for implementing legislative restrictions:

“For the last eight years we haven’t had anyone in the White House who supported this. The president supports it, Sen. (John) McCain has supported it.”

McCain is signed on with Homeland INsecurtiy Chieftain Janet Napolitano, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joe Lieberman (D/Ind.-CT) Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

 Napolitano told Lieberman that she could not wait for Congress to take action.

“Anecdotally a number (of the guns used in Mexico drug violence) have been purchased at (U.S.) gun shows,” she said. “The issue for me … is that we need to act now and as you know that sort of a statute would take a while to wind its way through. I (have) to play the hand of cards I have, and the hand of cards I have allows me to do southbound seizures.”

And, if you guessed the speaker at the NRA annual meeting is Sen. John McCain, you win the prize of having your Constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights winnowed down.


12 Responses to Guess who’s addressing the NRA?

  1. Ray says:

    As a longtime member of the NRA, the organization’s waffling on gun shows infuriates me. McCain is not with us on a variety of issues, but this seals the deal. Seeing Red AZ has done a fine job on reporting on his longtime associations with democrats on this fundamental Second Amendment issue.

  2. AZ Conservative Guy says:

    I’m registered to attend the convention center events. The fact that the NRA gives John McCain cover and actually promotes him by giving him the podium at the convention is more than troubling. Are my dues going toward compensation for his address to those of us who value our protected 2nd amendment rights that he wants to limit?

  3. Stanford says:

    There is no time to waste.

    Let your voice be heard on this important issue.

  4. Jonathan says:

    How odd that those who should know better such as Sens. Feinstein, Lieberman and Lautenberg, should be in the forefront of wanting to disarm citizens. When the Nazis marched through Europe, they first came to register personal firearms. When they returned, it was to confiscate them. When peace-loving citizens are unable to defend themselves and their families, brutality ensues.

  5. Kent says:

    A friend called to tell me about this post. He knew it would infuriate me and he was right. What is the NRA thinking of in giving McCain a spotlight? He has acted against us on this important issue for years and tried to shut down freedom of speech with his campaign finance reform measures. That’s the First and Second Amendments to the US Constitution that he gives the back of his hand to, folks! What does it take to decide he is not with us? As a lifetime member, along with both of my brothers and as was our father, I am furious with the group I have long supported.

    Wise up Wayne LaPierre!

  6. Kathy says:

    McCain is out looking for votes, pandering as usual during election season. WAKE UP people McCain only cares about McCain. The NRA needs to do more research on who they invite to be speakers!

  7. Alice says:

    Obviously, the NRA can be bought, and how McCain must be gloating about this one.
    I’m a Millennium member, but they’ve gotten the last dollar from me.

  8. Another LD11 PC says:

    Will John McCain just please go away? For Pete’s sake!

  9. Tempe Tom says:

    Am I glad Chris Simcox has announced against McCain! I was lucky enough to attend one of his sponsored firearms training sessions. That was really an educational afternon. While Simcox is celebrating American’s right to firearms, McCain is out there restricting it.

    NRA should have invited Simcox to address the convention. They blew it big time with this one.

  10. Midas says:

    I’m very disappointed in “my” NRA. John McCain is no friend to gun owners nor does he have any desire to protect our rights. I intend to let the NRA hear from me. I’ve been helping to pay their salaries for years. This is the first time I’ve asked for anything, but I would like an answer to why John McCain is a featured speaker at the annual meeting. This information was certainly kept under wraps. Thanks for the update, Seeing Red AZ.

  11. John says:

    They will boo him. Good times!

  12. Maggie says:

    I have removed the NRA sticker from the window of my car. Both my husband and I have them and his comes off this evening. This news is more than I can stand on a warm Spring day.

    BTW, I haven’t read this anywhere else. I did contact the NRA national offices and let them know our strong opposition to John McCain giving a speech in view of his double talk on vital NRA issues. This is an affront to all of us who are firm Second Amendment supporters!

    Good going guys.