Conservatives are balking at a deal cut between the National Rifle Association
and Congressional Democrats
, who crafted an exception for the NRA
in planned campaign-finance reform legislation. The deal was meant to
recruit the NRA into gathering Republicans into supporting the
legislation. But conservative pundits are fuming that the NRA, one of
the most powerful interest groups on the right, would get into bed with
Democrats. Here's what they're saying.
- NRA Board Member: This Was a Terrible Idea Cleta Mitchell writes in
the Washington Post, "For its part, the NRA -- on whose board of
directors I serve -- rather than holding steadfastly to its historic
principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight
against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a
political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for 'neutrality' from
the legislation's requirements. In doing so, the NRA has, sadly,
affirmed the notion ... that First Amendment protections are subject to
negotiation. The Second Amendment surely cannot be far behind."
NRA is 'Arrogant and Elitist' The Wall Street Journal scoffs,
"Look who's arrogant and elitist now. ... So much for defending the
little guy against the fat cats." This deal "reveals an NRA that is
unprincipled and will be weaker for it in the long run."
Sells Out Own Members National Review's Hans A. von Spakovsky sighs, "the NRA has apparently sold
out." Von Spakovsky writes, "the NRA may end up providing the lobbying
grease that allows this
noxious and partisan piece of legislation to slide through the House,
something that I seriously doubt most of the individual members of the NRA (who are strong
believers in the First Amendment as well as the Second) would agree
- NRA Betrays America The American Thinker's Mark
Fitzgibbons sheds crocodile tears. "Disappointment does not come
from opponents; it comes from friends," he writes. "The NRA's friends
told it that it was on the wrong side of this issue and on the wrong
side of this American moment. The NRA, however, spurned its friends, its
members, and ultimately, freedom."
- NRA Puts Itself First,
Free Speech Second Erick Erickson fumes that
the NRA was willing to support the campaign finance bill at all. He
asks, "how then does it help the second amendment to have every other
political organization bound by this new anti-free speech legislation
except the NRA? The answer is that it does not help the second
amendment. It helps the NRA. And the NRA is perfectly happy to use
Democrats to acquire for itself monopoly status. The NRA wants to make
itself the indispensable man on the second amendment."
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