Deal gets support from National Rifle Association

Republican gubernatorial hopeful  Nathan Deal was endorsed Friday by the NRA, one of the nation’s top defenders of the Second Amendment.

“In politics, one can learn the character of a person by working with them over time,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA’s political action committee. “I have worked with Nathan Deal for more than a decade, and his record as a U.S. representative and as a Second Amendment supporter is stellar. His constant and unapologetic support for gun rights in Congress demonstrates a strong commitment to the rights of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.”

Deal, who represented Georgia’s 9th District in Congress for nearly 18 years, faces former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the Aug. 10 Republican runoff for governor.

“I am honored to have the support of the NRA in my race for governor,” Deal said. “I honed my shooting skills as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and I stand with many Georgians in my strong defense of our Second Amendment rights. Gun rights symbolize the sanctity of our Constitution. Just as important, the right to bear arms is critical to our identity as a free people and to our ability to protect our families. I have been proud to stand up for gun owners in all of my years of public service. I will continue to do so as governor of Georgia.”

18 comments Add your comment

The Snark

July 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Who gives a damn. The only threat to the rights of gunowners in this state is being trampled by pandering politicians.


July 23rd, 2010
3:51 pm

Does this mean Deal will be endorsing the NRA’s new bff, Harry Reid?


July 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

The KKK endorsement is next.

good ole earl

July 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

all of you bloggers are the most repulsive, uninformed, negative individuals i’ve ever known. what american politics needs is something positive and a reason for voters to go to the polls and end all this voter apathy. i wish negative and repulsive bloggers would keep their thoughts to themselves and stop speading their contagious germs on other people. i still believe ga. voters are smart enough to watch the debates, read the candidates web pages and make their own educated decision as to who is the best candidate for the position. NOW..WHAT KIND OF NEGATIVE COMMENT MIGHT YOU HAVE ON THESE THOUGHTS.


July 23rd, 2010
5:01 pm

Isnt this the same organization that said it was alright for terrorists to have guns?


July 23rd, 2010
5:05 pm

Why are they even getting involved in a primary in Georgia anyway? We’ve already got some of the most lax gun laws in the country, even most Democrats are good on guns down here. What is Deal promising them? The same deal as Harry Reid? The NRA is seriously considering endorsing Reid over Angle out there. Seriously.

But I think they should stay the hell out of primaries. Especially when both candidates are good on guns. Though apparently you have to be a member to find out a candidate’s NRA rating, so I don’t know what Handel’s rating is, but she is a lifetime member of the NRA, and I’ve recently seen pics of her toting and shooting an HK, so I can’t imagine she hasn’t got an A rating as well.

So what kind of backroom, good ‘ole boy politics got the NR freakin A to step into a PRIMARY and mess around? I know they get involved in plenty of primaries; it just irritates me. Let us decide on a nominee, then you special interests (though NRA is generally one with an agenda I admittedly agree with) can get involved in the general.


July 23rd, 2010
5:08 pm

And sorry for the awful run-on sentence in the second graf.

Older and Wiser

July 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

No surprise here. This is the same NRA that endorsed Thubert Baker over Perry McGuire in 2006. Time to cancel my membership; this time for good.


July 23rd, 2010
6:57 pm

I see there are lots of Handel supporters writing in.

GOP Cannon

July 23rd, 2010
11:05 pm

The difference between Deal and Handel on this issues is that Nathan Deal has had a consistent pro-gun voting record over the past 18 years. I am not saying that Handel is anti-gun laws; however, Deal’s voting record speaks for itself… he deserves this endorsement.


July 23rd, 2010
11:27 pm

He will get my vote….Handel is not even from Georgia.


July 23rd, 2010
11:51 pm

My man lost and I don’t like either of the two remaining. GA Republicans are always competing to see who is the most conservative, and I suppose an NRA endorsement helps them with that. Karen Handel may not be from Georgia, but she is a lifelong Republican, something you can’t say for Deal.


July 24th, 2010
12:18 am

Many many many Georgians are not life long Republicans, mainly social Conservatives..former Dems. I am like Reagan, the Democrat party left me….

Decatur Bubber

July 24th, 2010
5:19 am

I am surprised that he didn’t add, after noting that he ‘honed his shooting skills in the Army’….”and I only wisht I’d a-shot some dang Communists when I was there.”

Then we’d also know he hates Commies, thus showing he’s a REAL American/Georgian!!!

Fire Eater

July 24th, 2010
7:22 am

Georgia Democrats remember the last local politician that the NRA targeted for defeat – ex-congressman Don Johnson, defeated by the largest margin ever tallied against an incumbent in this state(1994). His political demise still stands as an object lesson to those seeking to trample the rights of citizens.

Perhaps Gov. Deal will sign the good bill to allow carry permit holders to exercise their rights up to the gates at the Airport – badly needed because of the dangers lurking outside of security on Atlanta’s crime-saturated Southside.


July 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

He’s got my vote

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July 24th, 2010
2:59 pm

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July 25th, 2010
8:53 am

I wonder how Mr. Deal feels about the mentally ill having guns? Because, there are so many veterans returning with mental problems like (PTSD.) and the fact that so many other Americans are using antidepressants.
The Stigma of being labeled Mentally Ill Voids your 2nd amendment gun rights. There are no criminal charges, you are denied due process. When any mental health provider Labels you as mentally Ill; That’s IT! You Are Screwed!