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Ted Cruz Swats Back at Presumptive Democrat Senate Opponent Over NRA Donations

Ted Cruz Swats Back at Presumptive Democrat Senate Opponent Over NRA Donations

Running on an anti-gun platform might be in vogue for the Democrat party nationally, but it’s hard to see how that plays well with Texas voters.

The National Rifle Association has officially become a talking point in the upcoming Texas Senate race.

Presumptive Democrat nominee (primary vote has yet to happen) boasted of his F rating from the NRA, a rating based on an elected official’s record supporting the second amendment.

O’Rourke is not the only Texas Democrat with an F and joins the company of others like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who also have an F rating and have received no money from the NRA.

Ted Cruz was having none of it.

As Texas Monthly pointed out, Cruz has an A+ NRA rating and has received about $77,450 in campaign contributions from the NRA.

The anti-second amendment crowd always blames the National Rifle Association for any violent crime committed using a rifle.

What they don’t understand, is that the NRA is not just a pro-second amendment lobby representing the likes of other lobbyists who only represent corporate interests, the NRA is a lobby backed by millions of gun-owning Americans who are more than happy to toss a little coin to an organization who fights back against attacks on their individual liberties.

By most estimates, one in three Americans own a firearm and Texas gun ownership is above the national average by 6 to 15 points depending on the source.

Running on an anti-gun platform might be in vogue for the Democrat party nationally, but it’s hard to see how that plays well with Texas voters.


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Oh yes, Beta O’Toole, PLEASE run on an anti-2A platform. You will get shellacked worse that Abortion Barbie did. PLEASE!

    Tom Servo in reply to Paul. | February 27, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Beto may take a pass on gun control, and instead run on the policy he has said he is a fervent supporter of, again and again – Absolute Open Borders, Total Amnesty, and instant citizenship with full voting rights for anyone who happens to wander onto this side of the border.

    Oh yes, that is exactly the kind of candidate that Texas is looking for.

Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Enron) is probably still getting checks from Paul Krugman.

And this is why Texans support Ted Cruz.

    Edward in reply to SDN. | February 28, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Among other reasons. I’ve voted for Ted six times now (2012 Senate Primary, Senate Primary run-off, General election, 2016 Presidential Primary and this week the Senate Primary). and will again (in November and???).

      Damn, you’re ahead of me by 1. (I had to move out of state for my wife’s medical treatments and missed this primary.) I hope to move back to vote in November.

Ted Cruz couldn’t ask for a better way to galvanize the voters here in Texas and overcome the natural complacency of an off-year election! Gun-grabbing, especially to cover up the ABSOLUTE FAILURE of local, state and federal authorities (Superintendent of Schools Runcie, Sheriff Scott Israel and SRO Peterson, and the FBI) to properly PROTECT the students at Douglas, will remind Texas voters how very important it is to keep Ted Cruz as our Senator!

Go, Ted!

And I haven’t even mentioned the FALLACY of the Broward “PROMISE” program that kept Nikolas deJesus Cruz off the prohibited list of the NICS!!!!!!!!!

Hey, let’s start a new conspiracy theory. Based on absolutely nothing but cui bono, what are the odds that Cruz is secretly funding this idiot to draw attention to his A+ rating? Wouldn’t that make so much sense?

(And that is why, outside detective novels, cui bono is not a category of evidence.)

    AmandaFitz in reply to Milhouse. | February 27, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Sorry, but I think Beto’s getting $ from Tom Steyer, et al

    Tonight in Houston, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo starts with Garth Brooks headlining and the mutton bustin’ events! That’s who we are

      Milhouse in reply to AmandaFitz. | February 27, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Sorry, but I think Beto’s getting $ from Tom Steyer, et al

      I’m sure he is, but following the logic of cui bono it makes no sense. He’s giving Cruz a gift, so it follows, does it not, that the left would oppose him and we would support him? Which is precisely why that sort of “logic” isn’t nearly as powerful as conspiracy theorists think it is.

I’d like to point out that the “NRA” does not endorse or donate funds to any politician of any political stripe. The NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action), OTOH, does. This is actually an important distinction because all funds from NRA registration/renewal fees go toward firearm safety and education programs. Not a single penny of these funds go to the NRA-ILA. The NRA-ILA is funded by donations (usually from NRA members) specifically for this purpose.

The NRA and NRA-ILA are distinctly separate (albeit related) entities. The members of the board (and I am personal friends with one of them) do their best to keep things as separate as possible in order to not confuse their missions.

NRA = Education and Training
NRA-ILA = Political Action to advance 2A rights

Disclosure: I am an NRA Lifetime Endowment member and a former NRA Certified Firearm Instructor. In a typical year, I donate between $200-$500 to the NRA-ILA specifically for the purpose of advancing legislative action regarding 2A freedoms.

    Tom Servo in reply to Hexenjager. | February 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve owned weapons for a long time, but never joined the NRA. I think it’s time for me to correct the oversight!

      Hexenjager in reply to Tom Servo. | February 27, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Tom, you’d be more than welcome. Right now there are some companies that are terminating their discount programs with the NRA, so please keep in mind that some member “benefits” may wind up disappearing. Personally, I didn’t join the NRA for the benefits so I really couldn’t care less (except that I won’t spend my money with those companies).

      Please also keep the NRA-ILA in mind. Your NRA membership does NOT advance 2A rights at all. Only education and training. So if you believe that the 2A is important & should be preserved and find it in your heart to do so, please also consider a donation to the NRA-ILA as well. Every little bit helps.

      Fiftycaltx in reply to Tom Servo. | February 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      If you believe, as I do, that the Second Amendment guards the Constitution, then you should belong to NRA and it doesn’t matter if you own a gun or not.

      DDsModernLife in reply to Tom Servo. | February 28, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      Don’t wait, Tom Servo. If nothing else, the NRA decals in the window of your car will spark interesting and edifying conversations.

      “Oh, you’re an NRA member?”

      The monthly “American Rifleman” is worth the cost of membership.

    Good on you for this. Benefactor member and frequent contributor to the ILA.

Beto is one of the co-sponsors of HR 5087 introduced Monday that makes virtually all semiauto firearms into “semiautomatic assault weapons”. Folding stock on your Ruger 10/22 – assault weapon; threaded barrel on your Glock 19 – assault weapon; and the list goes on.

Something we never hear discussed is what happens if guns were outlawed. What happens then? All firearms in US dissolve never to be seen again? What happens if teen comes on a riffle and does a school shooting? Drugs are illegal and we ALL know there isn’t any drug problems in our nation.

2nd Ammendment Mother | February 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

Beto is an imbecile, not really sure who he annoyed to make him this year’s Wendy Davis. He got all excited that he thought he’d raised more than Cruz in the last report…. except Cruz was exclusively funding his PAC last cycle and already has $10 million on hand.
In the meantime, Beto is borrowing office furniture, this version was edited, the original was also asking for a Foosball table and fun stuff:
….”Hi everyone, the campaign is moving into high gear and we are moving offices to accomodate the growth. We are moving to 415 E. Yandell in El Paso and need furniture for our new space. This would include rolling chairs, tables, conference chairs, desks and anything else you might be able to lend us for nine months. Please PM me or call me”

Democrats have been running on “Russian Collusion” for a year now, with the only documented occurrence being Hillary/Fusion GPS/Steele/Kremlin … so hoist by their own petard.
When a school shooting comes along, the reflexive action to jump on the NRA is inevitable, the failures of local law enforcement & the FBI, notwithstanding.
It’s truly bizarre – the single issue that will galvanize the Right more than any other is the Second Amendment. Democrats have crashed & burned repeatedly on this issue, despite the tears & emotion they bring, every time.

Bring it.

I’m turning 71 tomorrow, and have owned and used firearms for most of that time; my family started me early on the belief that knowing how guns work, what they should be used for, and what happens when a projectile impacts things down range were things that everyone should know. They also understood why the Second Amendment exists and why it is supremely important. My life experience, including seeing first hand what things are like in other countries in Europe and Asia has reinforced all of this.

However, I have noticed something strange lately in our news media:
when a fire is set, they blame the arsonist
when a bomb explodes, they blame the bomber
when a shooting occurs, they blame the gun

Does it seem to anyone else that something seems a bit askew with this logic, or is it just me?

buckeyeminuteman | February 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

I’m so old I remember when the NRA endorsed Harry Reid.