NSSF Releases Congressional Report Card; Most Dems Get Failing Grades

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has published its Congressional Report Card and for Democrats, it’s a train wreck. (Screen snip, NSSF report card cover)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- With the national midterm elections just eight weeks away, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has released its 2022 Congressional Report Card, and with but few exceptions, Capitol Hill Democrats are flunking.

The midterm elections happen Nov. 8, and grassroots activists are already busy reminding people they must be registered to vote, at their current address. There will be no excuse for playing hooky.

With so much on the line, especially the chance to change control of Congress and thus derail Joe Biden’s gun control agenda, voting is not a spectator sport. Biden recently doubled down on his pledge to ban so-called “assault weapons,” and if Democrats retain control of Capitol Hill, it is almost a certainty they will try to finish that job.

NSSF’s report card could be among the topics discussed at the upcoming Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The event is co-sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It will be held at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport hotel, and will also be on multiple virtual platforms including YouTube and Facebook. The theme of this year’s event is “Target Victory,” and with the release of this report card, that may be a goal within reach.

In Pennsylvania last month, Biden told a crowd, “I’m determined to ban assault weapons in this country. Determined. I did it once before. And I’ll do it again. For many of you at home, I want to be clear. It’s not about taking away anybody’s guns. In fact, we should be treating responsible gun owners as examples how every gun owner should be. Over 48,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021 in the United States of America. Over 26,000 by suicide.”

Biden’s numbers in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking poll remain in the basement, with 44 percent of likely voters approving of his job performance but 54 percent disapproving. It breaks down further with only 24 percent “strongly approving” and 45 percent “strongly disapproving,” essentially where Biden’s poll numbers have been hovering for several weeks. His presidential approval index rating is stalled at -21.

The six-page NSSF report card is a devastating illustration of the political chasm between the parties on the subject of guns and Second Amendment rights.

According to Mark Oliva, NSSF Public Affairs director, “NSSF awarded 32 U.S. Senators and 116 U.S. Representatives the highest rating of “A+.” This includes U.S. Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). These senators are all running for re-election in 2022. All U.S. House of Representatives seats will be voted upon in November.”

There are 40 “F” grades in the U.S. Senate, not a single one earned by a Republican. Independent Bernie Sanders earned an “F,” while only a single Democrat—Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia—earned an “A.”

Democrat Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona both garnered a “B+” and New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich received a “C.” Senators Michael Bennett of Colorado and Gary Peters of Michigan rated a “D+” while Washington’s Maria Cantwell and Arizona’s Mark Kelly earned a “D-.”

In the U.S. House, the “F” grades are simply too numerous to mention, but they are joined by a single Republican, Chris Smith from New Jersey.

“This scorecard is of vital importance to voters as we head into November elections,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “This tells voters exactly where their lawmakers stand on issues they care about like recreational shooting and hunting and the right to keep and bear arms. This nonpartisan scorecard reflects the voting record of each legislator. These grades indicate their public voting record as well as their sponsoring and co-sponsoring key legislation, their work on committees, letters signed to support issues and leadership to support our industry.”

As explained by NSSF, the organization grades each senator and representative based on a combination of support for NSSF-supported legislation, key votes and “leadership on industry-related issues, public statements, work on a committee, floor statements and letters led and signed supporting a key issue.”

The report card stressed, “Grades are meant to analyze the level of support of each lawmaker during the 117th Congress and do not constitute an endorsement or opposition to a candidate’s election.”


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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linkman

Capito, Cassidy, McConnell, and Tillis were all A+ rated senators and they all voted yes in the final vote of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. No friggin’ way. I’m not even going to waste my time looking up the house reps that got the same ratings. I wouldn’t rate anyone that voted for that bill higher than a B. Anyone that voted for it needs to be voted out of office.

musicman44mag

Mark Kelly isn’t an F? Comon man!!!!!
FMK and his buddy obiden, finestien, pelosi, romney, Cheney and more.

USMC0351Grunt

Probably because he was an astronaut and away on business while we were discussing a lot of these major issues about the falsehoods of the left wing trying to explain anything about firearms “correctly”?

Last edited 18 days ago by USMC0351Grunt
Rob J

To give Maria Cantwell (Wa) a D- simply for not co-sponsoring is disingenuous. She is as complicit as her counterpart senator Murray, as well as their shared party House members, and fully deserves the F her vote record calls for. But I fully agree, it is imperative that we make our voices heard and cast the ballot in overwhelming numbers. The lackluster voter turnout is too often used by the media and on the stump in reasoning the continual abuses on the second amendment. With little contest (“My vote doesn’t count!” or the standard voter apathy) these politicians feel empowered… Read more »

musicman44mag

It is better to vote and lose than to not vote and be a loser.

Russn8r

Yep. If we don’t bother voting, volunteering, donating, they don’t even have to try to steal elections.

Laddyboy

IF you do not vote; YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES OF THE “representatives” of YOUR area.
GET OUT AND VOTE, HAVE A VOICE about those who are elected into public office(?)!

Ope

Dave, another really good article with lots of information that’s good to know.

Russn8r

Good grief. Better get your tongue out before he clenches, TEX.

pieslapper

How did Eyepatch McCain from Texas do?

Russn8r

Since Hackboy Dave won’t tell you, NSSF quislings gave Red-Flag World-Economic-Forum Pirate Dan Crenshaw (“R”, TEXAS, like a whole other country!) a “F’n A”!

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macdog

All due respect to his prior service and very little to his congressional service, crenshaw seems to believe any civilian is not capable of owning, operating or even handling a weapon. Mr redflag. Thumbs up Russn8r

Russn8r

Yep, and ATF’s partners at NSSF consider that an “A”.

Ken

An A+ for Marco Rubio and Rick Scott?!? I believe they have both supported almost everything in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, so they must have voted against it only because it was a Democrat sponsored bill.

Russn8r

They got to vote against it since Cabana Boy’s up this yr & D-head’s campaign starts next yr. Deep State didn’t need their votes: DemComs already had enough “Bipartisan” cover with Cornyn’s 15 turncoats. You know, John Cornyn (“R”, TEXAS, like a whole other country!).

That’s the game, The Beltway Hustle, sometimes called Shuffle: Decide who’s vulnerable, let them pretend to oppose it so the chumps keep donating & voting. Almost all the RINOs who voted for it are retiring or have >=4yrs left to resell their fake 2A support.

Last edited 18 days ago by Russn8r
JayWPB

I think that’s Tim Scott, but I agree with you. Rubio and R. Scott have both been disappointments at best. Brian Mast is in the same boat. And don’t forget Left Tiltin’ Wiltin.

Laddyboy

Ole Turtle Neck should have gotten an “F-” for all of the demoKKKratic support he gave!!

Laddyboy

I have absolutely no doubt that ALL of Maryland’s democrat politicians have garnered a “F” grade. They have constantly REFUSED to HONOR or UNHOLD their SWORN OATH-OF-OFFICE! Even the A.G. of Maryland and a good portion of Maryland’s INTERNAL State representatives have EARNED a “F” grade for doing the GOOD FAITH JOBS they were HIRED(voted?) in to perform! The PERFORMANCE GRADE of MOST of these “permanent practicing politicians are in the DREGES and need to be OUSTED!!!

Stag

The NSSF report card is about as accurate as those NRA ratings. Just look at all the A ratings those treacherous Republicans received after working with the Dems to pass more arms laws this year.

Boom

I’m depressed…some might say, miserable.

Wild Bill

Why?

Russn8r

Figgers only one “R” made NSSF’s bad-boy list. Their pal Mitch McCornhole (“R”, KY) winked while their other pal John Cornhole (“R”, TEXAS, like a whole other country!) lined up 15 “Rs” for “Bipartisan Safer” gun control, which wouldn’t’ve even had a floor vote without RINO uniparty cover.

NSSF position on the gun control: NO POSITION

NSSF position on ATF: “Our ATF partners…”

Quisling NSSF’s grades are as useless as NRA’s.

No surprise their grades are promoted by a payola hack whose swing-vote betrayal put LaPew’s “Winning Team” grifters in position to loot and destroy the NRA.

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Ansel Hazen

Yep, not impressed at all when a bootlicking demtard from Maine gets a higher rating than Chip Roy.

Russn8r

NSSF’s 14 gun control Champions:

Blunt, Roy (“R”-MO) A-
Burr, Richard (“R”-NC) A-
Capito, Shelley (“R”-WV) A+!!
Cassidy, Bill (“R”-LA) A+!!
Collins, Susan (“R”-ME) A-
Cornyn, John (“R”-TX) A!
Ernst, Joni (“R”-IA) A!
Graham, Lindsey (“R”-SC) A!
McConnell, Mitch (“R”-KY) A+!!
Murkowski, Lisa (“R”-AK) A!
Portman, Rob (“R”-OH) B
Romney, Mitt (“R”-UT) B
Tillis, Thom (“R”-NC) A+!!
Young, Todd (“R”-IN) A!

NSSF doesn’t want to hurt vulnerable RINOs so all but one of those “downgraded” to A- or B are retiring or have >=4yrs left.

No surprise hackboy Dave gave his quisling NSSF pals a lick job.

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r