The National Rifle Association cares more about kissing up to powerful politicians than it does about protecting Second Amendment rights. It uses the Second Amendment as a tool for fundraising, compromises, and access to power.
During my two terms in the Colorado Senate, the NRA regularly watered down gun rights legislation to garner unneeded Democrat votes rather to push for the best pro-gun legislation that could pass. At that time, Republicans held the majority and even a handful of Democrat legislators were solid on gun issues
[And now the] NRA’s Political Victory Fund endorsed liberal Democrat Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who … didn’t even bother to return the NRA’s survey when she first ran for Congress two years ago.
[She] has done nothing courageous or noteworthy… [an] “honorary cheerleader” [for bills] that she knows will never come to a vote in a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Her two actual “pro-gun” votes were meaningless throwaways, cast to gain political cover … after the outcome of the vote was no longer in doubt.
Markey’s votes [on the Second Amendment] were … manipulative campaign fodder.
[Her] Republican challenger Cory Gardner has repeatedly taken the lead on pro-gun rights legislation such as the “Make My Day Better” bill that would give business owners and employees the same right to defend themselves and their business property as they have to defend their home.
Gardner’s voting record during five years in the Colorado Legislature [was outstanding], even the NRA gave him an A+ grade.
Gun rights advocates should vote for candidates they can count on and donate to groups that support Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, the NRA is no longer one of those groups.
To read the rest of the commentary, see NRA shoots itself in the foot with the endorsement of Markey over Gardner by Mark Hillman.