Fairfax, Va. NRA Press release– The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is announcing its endorsement of Courtney Rogers for the Tennessee House of Representatives in District 45 in the August 2 Republican primary election."Courtney Rogers is a staunch supporter of our right to keep and bear arms," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. "Serving our country in the U.S. military for 28 years on sensitive and important missions, Lt. Colonel Rogers has demonstrated her leadership abilities which the state of Tennessee so badly needs today. Because of her outspoken support of our Second Amendment freedoms, Courtney Rogers has earned an “AQ” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF.”
In contrast, her opponent, Representative Debra Maggart, has undermined our Second Amendment rights. Just this past session, Rep. Maggart tried to kill life-saving legislation known as the Safe Commute Act through procedural maneuvering behind closed doors. The Safe Commute Act would have ensured that Tennessee’s 350,000 handgun carry permit holders would have been able to defend themselves against violence as they commuted away from home. NRA members throughout the state can rest assured that Lt. Colonel Rogers, once elected to office, will see that this wrong is righted.
“We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Tennessee’s House District 45 to vote Courtney Rogers in the August 2 Republican primary,” concluded Cox.
Chris W. Cox is NRA's chief lobbyist and a seventh generation Tennessean. He also serves as chairman of NRA-PVF. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund is responsible for political candidate rankings. These are based on candidate voting records, public statements and responses to NRA-PVF questionnaires.
The NRA used to support the constitutional right to bear arms, now they support the right to carry your gun onto the property of another who does not want guns on his property. The right to bear arms is not a right to bear arms everywhere. It is a restriction on government prohibiting you from having the right to bear arms. Do they not know the difference? Do they not care?
The First Amendment does not give you the right to go to the shopping mall and hand out leaflets espousing your point of view. The shopping mall may ban you. It is their property and they have that right. They have not restricted your First Amendment rights if they prohibit pamphleteering on their property. . The government however cannot ban you from handing out leaflets espousing your point of view. The First Amendment is a restriction on government; not the shopping mall. The same with the Second Amendment.
The "Safe Commute Act" is the bill commonly referred to as the "Guns in Parking lots" bill. What the act would do is say that your employer could not have a policy that prohibited you from carrying your gun onto his property and leaving it in your car. The logic behind the "safe commute act is that if you cannot carry your gun onto your employers property, then you cannot leave home with your gun because you can't take it with you to where you are going. Thus, you could not commute with your gun.That is true of course. It is also true if you are going to school to pick up your child and going to the airport to pick up a friend. If the destination you are going to does not allow guns on the property, then you can not take guns on the property. The NRA wants to change that. I do understand the logic. However, it is ludicrous to want to take away property rights in the name of a non-existent second amendment right.
I am extremely disappointed that the NRA has abandoned support for the constitution. Debra Mangert has shown a strong support for the Second Amendment. She supported the "guns in bars" bill which had an opt-out for restaurants that wanted to prohibit guns in their restaurants. She supported the "guns in parks" bill which was a restriction on a government prohibition. To claim Debra Maggart is "undermined our Second Amendment rights" is ludicrous. Her support for the Constitution, including the Second Amendment is clear. There is no pleasing some people. If I still had membership in the NRA, I would cancel it.