NRA Endorses Democrat for Governor in Missouri

By Dean Weingarten

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Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( The NRA has been a bi-partisan group, at least since the formation of the NRA-ILA in 1975. The NRA-ILA is the lobbying arm of the NRA.

In the last few elections, few Democrats have been endorsed, because few Democrats supported the Second Amendment in any meaningful way.

As they say, the NRA did not leave the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party left the NRA. There are exceptions.  A controversial pick was Harry Reid, Senator (D) from Nevada, who got an A rating from the NRA.  Many have wanted the NRA-ILA to broaden their criteria to issues other than the right to keep and bear arms.

There are problems with that approach as well.  How can you judge someone’s future actions?  The best approach is to rely on past actions; but it is not a 100% predictor.

Democrat politicians who have actively supported Second Amendment rights are still being endorsed by the NRA.

The best of all worlds for the Second Amendment Supporter is to have all parties competing for the NRA endorsement.

That is what is happening in Missouri.  Both the Republican and Democrat candidates for governor are strong supporters of the Second Amendment.

In this case, it is the Democrat who received the NRA endorsement.  From

The NRA Political Victory Fund said Koster’s commitment to the Second Amendment earned him an “A” rating.  

“For over 17 years, he has fought to preserve the constitutional rights of law-abiding Missourians,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman, NRA-PVF. “The NRA is proud to endorse Chris Koster and we urge Missouri’s gun owners and sportsmen to get out this November and vote to elect a governor with a proven record of fighting to preserve the Second Amendment.”

The reasoning of  the NRA-ILA is clear.  They base ratings on actual performance that can be measured, not on campaign promises or the answer to questionnaires.

It is a defensible strategy.  No strategy is perfect, but a clear one is necessary if you want candidates to pursue your goals. From

The NRA endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in 1980 backing Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter.[60][61] The NRA’s policy is to endorse pro-gun incumbents because of their established record.[57] For example, in the 2006 Senate Elections the NRA endorsed Rick Santorum over Bob Casey, Jr.,[62] even though they both had an “A” rating.

Eric Greitens is the Republican candidate, emerging from a field of four in the primary.  He is committed to restoration and defense of Second Amendment rights.  The NRA gave him an AQ rating.  That is an “A” rating, the same as Koster, except it is based on a questionnaire instead of votes and actions.

One of these two candidates will be elected governor of Missouri, barring an unforeseen event.

It appears that either one will work hard to restore and preserve Second Amendment rights.  Both candidates have said that they would have signed SB 656, which Governor Nixon vetoed.

Both Candidates are good choices for Second Amendment Supporters.  In this case, either vote is a win, and Second Amendment Supporters can look to the next priority to make their decision.
©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Old Coach

This is one BIG reason I gave up on the NRA. I can name others, like opposing Heller until the case was won, and then trying to claim credit.

Fúck the NRA

“When the fairies are displeased with anybody, they are said to send their elves to pinch them. The ecclesiastics, when they are displeased with any civil state, make also their elves, that is, superstitious, enchanted subjects, to pinch their princes, by preaching sedition; or one prince, enchanted with promises, to pinch another.” (Thomas Hobbes. Leviathan, 1651)

Missouri FRiend

I threw down a lifelong NRA membership after the Aurora shooting because our goals were aligned. Now I’m doubting that decision. They should just get out of the endorsement business. The Democratic party is completely opposed to everything gun rights people stand for and by supporting the top of the ticket like this, they are giving aid and comfort to down-ticket races as well. Some people figure “if Koster is gun-friendly, maybe my Democratic State Rep is gun friendly too! I’ll vote Democrat this year because the NRA says so!” Maybe they do this to appear bi-partisan. They figure they’ll… Read more »


The NRA is another organization that started with good intentions, but now it is lead by people who are in it for money and power. They don’t want victory! If they win, they won’t be needed anymore, and that means they wouldn’t sell nearly as many memberships. This is why they are willing to endorse Democrat candidates they know, will in the end, be counterproductive to their intended goals.

Tom Hobbs

I’m in Missouri. While Koster has been in off here and has a track record, I still don’t know. I don’t vote for Democrats , socialist. The other person Greitens is former military, and now a Republican. Formerly democratic. I don’t know about that either. This will be a hard decision for all Missourian’s to make in November. Who do we trust to watch and govern our state and rights. Nixon WAS a good attorney and hit criminals hard and had a winning record in the courts. He was honest then. Becoming governor his spine disappeared as seen when Ferguson… Read more »

Mr Evilwrench

The very fact of running as a ‘rat implies identification with the ‘rat party platform, which to me is unspeakably anti-American and anti-rights at its heart. One or another one may stray on a point or two, but supporting the whole candidate based on a single anomalous policy position invites votes for destruction.

Gene Ralno

Koster’s our friend today but if elected, he’ll change his position in the company of “better” friends. We’ve seen it a hundred times before. The most flagrant that comes to mind is New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. As a representative in a gun friendly district, she was our friend. Now she’s one of our worst enemies and a strong Schumer ally.


Perhaps there are some Truman/JFK Democrats around, but I’m skeptical about voting for one. I’ve seen Democrats with A ratings do a complete flip and take their marching orders from the Clintons. Until the Democrats drop gun control from their party platform I won’t be voting for one.

H.K. Latham

I trust the GOA ratings, but not the NRA. They have double crossed us many times over, and not just on ratings. No trust in the NRA.

Jim Macklin

The NRA does not hide why and how they endorse any candidate. The NRA does not force anyone to vote for the NRA endorsed candidate.
I agree that the Democrat Party is the party of slavery, anti-gun and weak foreign policies. The Democrat Party is the father of the KKK. But there are republicans such as Senator susan collins, RINO from Maine .

But the NRA does serve a purpose and abandoning the NRA is what the anti-gunners want.

Vote how you want, the NRA just gives info, not orders.

Mike Murray

The same NRA that brought us the Brady Bill, Boehner, McConnell, and Ryan. I’m so impressed.

Pistol Pete

I have voted for only one Democrat in my life ( 64 years old and have voted every year )and I still have night mares because of that one.
I don’t Trust Democrats and never will they will tell any and every lie to get votes.
You could put a gun to my head and I still would vote for any Liberal brain dead Democrats

Whiskey For My Men Beer For My Horses

I live in Missourah and our current democrat governor Jay Nixon did not do ONE thing to stop the Ferganistan drama. Koster being a democrat has a small track record of helping out entitled people. Voting for another democrat Governor for Missourah is a luxury I do not have.

Jon Brown

Ditto, can’t vote for any dem. May drop out of NRA


Yes, the NRA’s endorsement of democrats has had such great success /sarc off/. Does the name Gillibrand ring a bell? Speaking of Harry Reid, how has that worked out and Santorum and Manchin? “But he stopped some gun control legislation!” and stabbed us in the back with everything else he did. The NRA claims to be a single issue organization. That is idiocy when you get blindsided by the SCOTUS because the illegal aliens (made citizens) have voted in a socialist, who appoints an anti-2nd justice (or 3) to the court. We need to remove the NRA’s blinders and make… Read more »

Don Brown

The Democratic party is the socialist party of today.ANY support for them for any reason is immoral.shame on the supporters of democrats


if they both have an A rating, why endorse one over another, the problem with democrats is, …they always have a trick up their sleeve!!!

Jim in Conroe

I believe you are talking about the NRA – PVF. The political victory fund is the organization within the NRA that endorses candidates for office. NRA – ILA deals with legislation. I am a strong supporter of the ILA. I stopped supporting the political victory fun, when it continued to endorse Harry Reid and other Democrats. Regardless of how friendly they might be to the Second Amendment, providing the Democrats with additional seats in Congress, is a danger to freedom .

Don Brown

This website also edits comments they don’t like.


democrats have become the domestic enemies of our Constitution…remember the oath..foreign and domestic, protect the Constitution, for what happened in 6000 years, may not happen again


yup, they censored my reply to you


nope i guess it just took them a long time to post it

Don Brown

You cannot vote solely on 2 amm.rights.that is immoral.harry. Reid is a evil socialist man unfit to have his job.shame on. You Mrs for supporting evil!…nra members opinion


I’m sorry but I cannot support any democrat. The last time I voted for a NRA endorsed democrat I got forced to cut my standard of living with his vote for Obamacare.

Don Brown

Support for any Democrat is a vote for the dem/socialist party.shame on you nra .of which I am a member

Michael Davidson

Join NAGR OR GOA Much better than NRA



I prefer to be an Independent voter but it is important to remember that the original purpose of political parties was to narrow the field of candidates, i.e. have a few candidates instead of 500, for a given office. There are a number of conservative Democrats as there are a number of liberal Republicans. My mother was a lifelong Democrat but she was an ultra-conservative

Junk Bin

When you vote for a demacrat, you get the full pev packahe along with the single thing you voted for

Jim Macklin

Politic was seen as an everyday interest by the Founders. The issues were of interest to the people. The people were expected to be paying attention. The newspapers reported on the actions, good and bad of everybody from cit councils to the President. If a speech was made the newspapers actually transcribed every word and printed it. That was 225 years ago. Today the people have fantasy football, PGA golf, NASCAR. The young people get o vote now, that was a big issue when the USA had a draft. Young people have music, and the need to get a job.… Read more »