Idaho elections: Simpson gets A-plus from NRA, Labrador scores an A

Incumbent GOP Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador have received grades of “A-plus” and “A,” respectively, from the National Rifle Association.

According to the NRA’s website, an A-plus candidate is “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” An A signifies a “solidly pro-gun candidate” who “has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or (is) a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

In a statement, Simpson said: “I’m honored to receive the highest rating from the esteemed NRA. Our Founders knew that protecting the right of citizens to keep and bear arms was necessary to build a free democracy, and I have long been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. During my time in Congress I have made it clear that I will not support any legislation that bans the ownership of firearms, taxes gun ownership, or requires a waiting period to purchase a firearm. I strongly believe that hunting and fishing are not only important forms of recreation but crucial to the way of life we enjoy in Idaho, and I am working to ensure that Idahoans continue to have access to these activities on public lands.”

Simpson’s May 15 opponent, M.C. “Chick” Heileson of Idaho Falls, filled out the NRA’s questionnaire, but the NRA website does not indicate how he responded to the survey questions. Labrador’s opponent, Reed McCandless of Moscow, did not fill out the NRA questionnaire; nor did Simpson opponent John Baird of Idaho Falls, who has withdrawn from the race.

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For sending gun sales to historic levels.........

President Obama has been awarded the NRA Supreme Award of "A Plus Plus with Gold Star"!

That wasn't Obama's doing...that was unfounded paranoia.

Which is the stock-in-trade for both Fox News and the NRA.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart


I've heard that we actually have more relaxed gun laws under Obama than we had under W. Typical right-wing paranoia.

p.s.- My wife thinks that I could leave her for Neil. She might be right, and I'm not even gay!


You're probably wrong on the last part.



I have heard, the world is coming to an end this year.


I have his book "Ghost Rider". If you want it let's figure out a way to get it to you.

"You know how that rabbit feels, going under your speeding wheels." Neil Peart

Nice try.
What he is able to do and what he wants to do may be 2 different things, but make no mistake about what he would like to do.


So many people are afraid of losing something no one is trying to take away from them.


Where you been?

It is clear the Democratic agenda is to restrict types of firearms, ammunition, and prompt access to firearms.

Dems are not "trying" to because they know it won't fly right now.

Dems WANT to though. As soon as they get a chance, they will.

Wrong again

Sold to highest bidder

It should mean legislators that have been purchased!


The net result of the NRA is hate for the President and right wing fuel. All the more reason for gun owners like myself to call them out as the political shills they are.


I have no use for them and their one non-compromising position.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart


don't hate the haters, yo!

ACTUALLY, NRA has many good program regardless of who is in the presidency at the time.

Firearms training- civilian and law enforcement
Child safety towards guns
Hunting information and lobby efforts
Firearms education and museum efforts
and women's shooting clinics.

LOTS of programs beyong "how to hate your president"

You too can be friend of NRA. Rember YOU can be a free gun owner today (as you claim) in a large part because of the efforts of NRA- and the Supreme Court too. :)