It could be mentioned that Perriello hasn't just 18 months of votes in Congress. He has 18 months in politics total. Which means no one at the NRA has a clue as to his specific positions on the many issues facing gun owners in the USA.
On the NRA endorsement of Perriello ...:
Sen. Robert Hurt has an "A" rating from the NRA for his 10 years of 2d amendment votes in the General Assembly. Meanwhile, Perriello is given the NRA endorsement for a mere 18 mos. in Congress.
Imagine Sen. Hurt's experience with 2d amendment issues: he is a former prosecutor so he has seen guns used at their worst; & their best in defense of life & property. He is a hunter. He has been in the General Assembly for all the debates on gun show loopholes, Va. Tech gun control efforts & any annual 2d amendment arguments presented to the General Assembly, so he is knowledgeable on all current 2d amendment issues.
I've been told that the NRA is a single issue lobbyist & I should not be angry that the NRA endorses a complete liberal who votes to erode our other rights. But I believe that the NRA chose Perriello's 18 mos. of votes over Sen. Hurt's 10 years' votes for a reason too frightening to contemplate: a backroom deal.
I left a voicemail with the NRA citing my displeasure; no, outrage, over this endorsement. I will call back this week to end my membership with them. Many outside the 5th CD are doing so also.
I don't understand it either. But I'm not outraged. Simply resolved. We'll continue the fight without the help of the NRA.
It's not like we've gotten a whole lot of assistance from them here in the 9th over the years.