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John McCain’s Second Amendment Memory ‘Loophole’

“I have a perfect record from the NRA.” NOT!!!

Howard Nemerov


September 1, 2011 - 9:28 am

During a town hall meeting in Yuma County, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain responded to a question about the ATF/DOJ Fast and Furious scandal:

“It should not be so easy for these people to come and buy guns in the United States and send them down to Mexico.”

McCain added:

“I am a staunch advocate of the second amendment — don’t get me wrong I have a perfect record from the NRA — but we need to do what we can to make sure someone can’t come to a gun show or some place and exploit a loophole.”

What McCain means by “loophole” is his desire for background checks on all gun sales at gun shows. Currently, private citizens can sell guns without a FBI background check, unlike licensed gun retailers who are required to do so. Herein lies McCain’s…er…lie.

In his 2004 senatorial campaign, the NRA gave McCain a “C” grade. This improved to “B+” for McCain’s 2010 senate run. One grading criteria is support for continued protection of private gun sales.*

Let’s not forget McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance “reform,” which primarily benefited Democrats and restricted the NRA’s First Amendment rights during the election season.

Most grading scales consider a “B+” to be around 87-89.9% correct. “Perfect” would be 100%.

In the 2010 elections, the NRA gave 9 senators and 14 congressmen A+ grades, which means:

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.

This doesn’t describe John McCain. Hey John, are your pants smoking yet?


* Must be NRA member to access grading archives.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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