It looks as if NAGR were robocalling gun owners with the wrong information, and were actually telling people to ask Governor Sandoval to sign the private transfer ban that’s currently sitting on his desk. It would seem they’ve since corrected it, but it’s amateurish mistakes like this which make me not take NAGR or Dudley Brown seriously at all. This article, from someone in Colorado, was a little to “rah-rah my team” for my taste, but it has some interesting bits:
Apparently, Mr. Brown has been (for many years) using third-party â€œfront groupsâ€ that claim to represent hot-button social issues (like abortion and gay marriage), but in reality, are littleÂ more than direct mail operations designed to â€œpunishâ€ Mr. Brownâ€™s opponents. When voters receive these last-minute attack mailers they get the impression that the candidate in question (whichever candidate Mr. Brown opposes at the time) are also opposed by a â€œwide spectrumâ€ of other conservative groups. The mailers are often completely false, as with my own legislative race, where Dudleyâ€™sÂ BeltwayÂ minions sent pieces that claimed that I was pro-gay rights and â€œsoftâ€ on Pro-Life issues. Anyone that knows me, knows these claims are laughable. But by then, the damage has been done.
And just recently, a reader in Virginia who knows my disdain for Brown an NAGR sent me an e-mail from a Virginia State Delegate (no link, sorry) which was sent to supporters:
You see,Â [NAGR] would rather line their pockets, posing as a legitimate gun organization, and attack pro-gun legislators instead of going after the liberal Democrats who boast of taking our guns. Â Simply put, it is a “get-rich-quick” scheme at the expense of gun owners and their rights.
I am their latest target. My primary election isÂ this coming Tuesday, and NAGR is engaging inone false attack after anotherÂ against me.
I am known in Richmond and throughout Virginia as one of our legislature’s staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment. I have an “A+” career rating from the NRA and am endorsed in my current primary election by not only the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, but by legitimate “no compromise” groups like the Virginia Citizens Defense League PAC and Gun Owners of America.Â These folks have seen my good work protecting your rights, and they know the real deal when they see it.
I’m not actually sure it’s so much a “get rich quick” scheme, as it is an attempt to use the gun vote to promote other, unrelated causes in social conservatism that have nothing to do with the Second Amendment. I continue to encourage gun owners to not have anything to do with Dudley Brown or NAGR. Don’t give them money, don’t give them support.