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Skip NRA endorsement if both politicians earn ‘A’

On Oct. 4, The Buffalo News printed an article in which the National Rifle Association endorsed Rep. Kathy Hochul of the 27th Congressional District. Knowing that both the incumbent and challenger, Chris Collins, have “A” ratings from the NRA, this came as a complete surprise to me. Considering the importance of this position, the tightness of the race and the position of both candidates on Second Amendment rights, I thought the NRA should have taken a neutral position and not endorse either candidate.
I took the liberty to call Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA/ILA in Washington, D.C., to get a clarification on why it took this action. He was very accommodating and explained when both candidates are rated “A” by the NRA, the policy is to support the incumbent. The NRA feels this support is justified since the incumbent generally has a voting record of support.
I support Second Amendment rights and I believe in the good work the NRA has done to protect them, but I do not agree with its approach when both candidates are in full support of this issue. This makes it a non-issue in the choosing of a candidate. I believe under these circumstances, the NRA should be silent and let the other major issues such as the economy, jobs, health care, military actions and education be the primary focus in deciding the best person for the position.
William J. Gittere
Clarence