In 2010 Senator Harry Reid received a lot of financial help from the NRA, in fact Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre came to Nevada to help Reid get reelected. And proving what sort of personal character he embodies – Reid has time and again done his best to distance himself from the organization – especially when it is politically expedient.
In fact, Reid attacked the NRA, the GOP and another gun-rights group in a speech shortly after the Orland terror attack:
“Yet in spite the public’s demand for action Senate Republicans continue to cower – cower before the NRA and the Gun Owners of America. The NRA is bad, really bad. Gun Owners of America is even worse than bad. These two organizations are competing — seeing just how extreme they can be in pushing for more guns and fewer protections,” Reid said.
What most people don’t know is that in 2009 Harry Reid was instrumental in building the largest gun park in the world under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, at a cost of $61,000,000 of taxpayer money — Clark County Shooting Complex. And while the Complex rents ‘assault weapons,’ they don’t describe them as such but rather as “rifles.”
One of the more their popular rentals is the Beretta ARX100, which is comparable to the AR-15, (that’s Armalite Rifle 15, not Assault Rifle 15.) They both shoot the same ammunition (.223) and can be loaded with a 30-round magazine.
From Beretta’s website: “This rifle was designed to be completely ambidextrous, and all the critical controls on it may be operated right- or left-handed. These include the 2-position safety, the magazine release, the bolt release and charging handle and the case-ejection selector, which determines whether spent brass is ejected to the right or left.
The flip-up backup sights that come standard on the ARX100 are also versatile, offering an easily-adjustable diopter system ranged from 100 to 800 yards. The barrel is also easily replaceable in seconds, making is possible to use different lengths and calibers without any tools required.
Lastly, the folding stock is adjustable for length of pull at the touch of a button, using a simple and rugged telescopic construction.”
As you can see, Harry Reid isn’t interested in stopping what he calls the ‘extreme’ activities of the two groups – rather it’s all about the money and the power.