“John McCain still has some work to do to give them a comfort level,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA, said during an interview with The Hill. “Truth be told, he’s not there yet.”
Specifically, McCain played a leading role in crafting the campaign finance reform law that bears his name and that also enraged many lobbying groups. The NRA was one of the most outspoken.
Cox said that members have expressed “a lot of borderline resentment in some circles” over McCain. But because of the outright disdain for both of the Democratic candidates’ past positions on gun control, the NRA is actively seeking a way for McCain to directly address its members and smooth over past troubles.
That last section is the one I want to focus on with regards to McCain, and its something that I touched on the podcast interview I did yesterday as well; despite my issues with McCain on gun shows and other stuff, he is a lot better than any of the alternatives that are currently out there.
McCain was on the amicus brief that the 55 Senators signed in support of Dick Heller in DC vs Heller, and has taken some steps to reach out to gun owners, but there is work to be done. However, it is my hope that he does make a concerted effort to reach out to gun owners to address those issues. He is better than Hillary or Obama, but I agree with Chris Cox in that he needs to make an effort to reach out to gun owners and establish is bona fides as it were.