Let me expand a bit on a previous post, for those who want to believe Harry Reid is the Devil Incarnate, and suggest they will tear up their NRA membership cards if NRA endorses him, let me compare, side to side, so we understand what we’re dealing with here:
(GOA F, NRA B)
(GOA F-, NRA F)
(GOA A, NRA A+)
|1993||NICS Amendment to Brady Act||N*|
|1993||Final Brady Act||Y||Y*||Y|
|1994||Assault Weapons Ban||N||Y*||N|
|1996||Repeal of Assault Weapons Ban||N*|
|1998||Gun Luck Requirement Amendment||Y||N||Y|
|1999||Gun Show Sale Regulation Amendment||Y||Y||N|
|2004||Assault Weaposn Ban Renewal||N||Y||N|
|2005||Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act||Y||N||Y|
|2006||Prohibition on Firearms Confiscation (Katrina Act)||Y||N||Y|
|2008||Prohibition on Funds to Discourage Gun Ownership||Y||N||Y|
|2009||National Park Carry||Y||N||Y|
|* Durbin was a Member of the House for this vote.|
I’ve included both their NRA and GOA grades here, and their votes on key issues up to and including now. Â You will notice that Harry Reid’s voting record isn’t all that remarkably different from Kay Bailey Hutchinson, is rated high by both NRA and GOA.Â Absent is the vote on Sotomayor, where Reid voted yes, along with every single other Democrat, and Hutchinson voted no, along with most of the Republicans. Â Also of note is that Hutchinson signed the Heller brief, whereas Reid did not.
But Reid has also been willing to allow NRA to bring pro-gun amendments to the Senate floor for a vote. While it’s true that the Senate Majority Leader does not have the power of the Speaker of the House, they still control enough of the Senate’s business for a hostile majority leader to create real trouble for us. Â You will notice that Dick Durbin has never met a gun control bill he wouldn’t vote for, nor a pro-gun bill he wouldn’t vote against. Â I suspect his only “pro-gun” vote, against the child lock provision, is because it did not go as far as he wanted.
While I count myself among those who hope that the Democrats see their lead in the Senate cut down in 2010, for the sake of the Second Amendment, I’m hoping that Harry Reid keeps his position as Majority Leader. I don’t think that turning over the Senate to the GOP is within the realm of possibility in 2010, and probably not 2012 either. That’s a long time to go without progress, and a long time for someone like Dick Durbin to find an opportunity to bring a gun control bill or amendment to the floor. That’s not a risk I’d like to take.