Democratic 2nd District Congress candidate Pat Hays is causing conniption fits among Republicans because a new TV ad shows him with his guns and mentions his long-time membership in the National Rifle Association. It’s just a small part of an ad featuring Hays’ church and family, a response to the drumbeat of demonization coming out of the opposition campaign, particularly from dark money groups.
Press staff for millionaire Republican banker J. French Hill says Hays has been “ex-communicated” from the NRA. Who knew the NRA had a pope who could revoke memberships? The NRA has indeed low-rated Hays because his record includes some sympathy toward combating gun violence in the cities.
There was a time when the NRA had a sensible view on gun regulation. But it is a Republican front group now that wants no limits placed on guns of any sort. It encourages wider use of guns and legal protection for misuse. It wasn’t always so. Some history here on a century of gun control advocacy by the NRA.
Pat Hays says he supports the 2nd Amendment. So do many gun-toting Americans. It is possible to support the NRA’s historic role as an advocate for safe use of firearms and the 2nd Amendment and also support stronger gun safety measures. Is there no room in the NRA for members faithful to the organization’s history? Republicans don’t think so.
The NRA is spending big money on ads to defeat Hays because, primarily, he’s a Democrat. And he’s sensible on guns. Republicans call Hays’ ads deceiving. They are simply factual. He owns guns. He’s long been a member of the NRA. He supports the 2nd Amendment. Why would he want to be a member of a group that is trashing him, the Republicans whine? Maybe because he wants to change the organization from within.
ALSO: Pat Hays has distributed a 2014 letter he received from Wayne LaPierre of the NRA nominating him for a Golden Eagle award for his support. hah. Surely the good gun nuts don’t want to say a letter sent out by St. LaPierre is meaningless bullshit? Because then you might have to say a lot of what he says is meaningless bullshit.
SPEAKING OF THE 2ND DISTRICT: Still waiting for J. French Hill to complete his “study” of the proposal to increase the minimum wage in Arkansas from $6.25 an hour. He abhors the federal minimum wage, he’s made very clear. He’s said he’s still studying the state measure. If he had any brass — to go with the gold bullion he made swinging a bank sale that put some of his bank co-workers out of jobs or on reduced pay — he’d simply fess up and say he sees no need to raise a $12,500 minimum annual wage for working people. You’d have to work four years at minimum wage — and not spend a cent of it on living expenses — to have enough money to join the Country Club of Little Rock with J. French Hill. But then the monthly dues would eat you alive, never mind the bar tab and golf cart rental.