Saturday, March 26, 2011

Gun Owners of America Endorses Mourdock

From The HoosierPundit:

GOA gives Lugar a lifetime rating of F.

Lugar has a lifetime rating of D+ from the National Rifle Association; can they be far behind?

Mourdock's press release:
Gun Owners of America (GOA) Political Victory Fund endorsed the candidacy of State Treasurer Richard Mourdock over 6 term incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in Indiana’s 2012 Republican Primary Election. GOA gave Treasurer Mourdock an “A” rating for his commitment to the 2nd Amendment.

“I appreciate the support and the endorsement of the Gun Owners of America,” explained Treasurer Mourdock. “Responsible Americans should be allowed to enjoy hunting and target shooting and be able to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm.”

In contrast, current Senator Richard Lugar has received an “F” rating from the organization because of his past support for gun control measures.

Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund is the political arm of Gun Owners of America, a grassroots gun-rights organization founded in 1975.

The GOA announcement:

Gun Owners of America is proud to announce the endorsement of Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate.

Mr. Mourdock, who currently serves as Indiana’s State Treasurer, believes that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right. He stands in stark contrast to his liberal, anti-gun opponent, Richard Lugar.

First elected to the Senate in 1976, Richard Lugar has become the most pitiful of Washington denizens: a man who has forgotten what he stood for and who elected him.

That fact couldn’t have been more clear than when Barack Obama nominated two rabidly anti-gun women to the U.S. Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Kagan could be the deciding vote upholding the constitutionality of the anti-gun ObamaCare law. Lugar jumped on her bandwagon—guaranteeing her confirmation.

Sotomayor lied under oath—claiming that she accepted a Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment was a right enjoyed by the American people. Then, at the first opportunity to rule on a Second Amendment case, she reversed herself. Lugar’s support was instrumental in getting her anti-gun nomination over the top.

Lugar was also instrumental in securing the confirmation of Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who believes animals have rights, but gun owners don’t. And he voted for anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder, who advocated renewing the Clinton gun ban.

In 2009, Lugar proved to the country that he supports banning guns entirely. In February of that year, he voted against an amendment to repeal the gun ban in Washington, D.C. Also in 2009, he voted against a measure to repeal the ban on firearms in national parks.

When it comes to self-defense, Lugar would have people leave their firearms at home. He voted against legislation that would allow for interstate reciprocity for concealed carry, an amendment that failed by a mere two votes.

In 2004, Lugar voted to effectively ban gun shows, to renew the ban on semiautos, and to require all handgun purchasers to buy trigger locks.

And Lugar voted several times for so-called campaign finance reform. This law is intended to shield lawmakers—and their voting records—from the very people who sent them to Washington.

Dick Lugar is wrong on the Second Amendment and wrong for Indiana gun owners and sportsmen.

It’s time to elect a Senator who takes the oath to protect and defend the Constitution seriously. And that’s why Gun Owners of America is proud to endorse Richard Mourdock in the 2012 Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Richard Mourdock is “A” rated by GOA for his unwavering commitment to the right to keep and bear arms. When he is elected, gun owners will have a trusted friend in Washington.

GOA urges all concerned gun rights supporters to get behind the Mourdock campaign early with your volunteer efforts and financial contributions. Please visit to learn more about Richard and to find out how you can help in this campaign.

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