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Anti-Gun Group Calls on Merrick to Release NRA Survey

by ARLnow.com November 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm 4,161 49 Comments

Update at 6:30 p.m.Merrick’s survey has been released.

A group of gun control advocates is calling on Republican state Senate candidate Caren Merrick to make good on her pledge to release the survey that earned her an ‘A-‘ rating from the National Rifle Association.

Merrick made the pledge at a candidates forum in Cherrydale last month, after being pressed on gun control issues by two residents. One of the residents was Omar Samaha, whose sister was killed in the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. Samaha is part of a group called Virginians for Responsible Gun Laws, which seeks to further restrict gun sales and ownership in Virginia.

“These candidates are all interviewing for a job to represent us,” Samaha said in a statement today. “We believe the candidates owe it to their future constituents to make a full and complete disclosure of where they stand on these issues that will affect our safety.”

Merrick promised on Oct. 19 to release the survey before voters head to the polls on Election Day. Her campaign said this afternoon that copies of the survey will be made available for pickup from the campaign office at 5:00 tonight.

Merrick’s Democratic opponent, Barbara Favola, earned an ‘F’ rating from the NRA because, she said, she declined to fill out the survey the group mails to candidates.

Favola has made gun control a key campaign issue, while Merrick has shrugged off the significance of her NRA rating, noting that Democratic U.S. senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb both have received ‘A’ ratings.

  • South Walter Reed

    Doesn’t sound that hard. Just post it.
    Takes 3 minutes.
    Unless you’re trying to hide something?

    • Barack O.

      Oh, so not publicly disclosing documents means your hiding something? Who knew!

      • drax

        Well, yeah, it is, when you’re running for public office and pledged to release them a month ago.

    • It is just as easy as taking the survey in the first place. Oh, wait….

  • Carl

    Favola should have taken the survey. Doesn’t sound that hard.
    Unless she is trying to hide something.

    • CW

      I doubt she has much to hide. I don’t think there’s such a thing as being too far left on gun control for this electorate.

  • Whitney Wilson

    “Her campaign said this afternoon that copies of the survey will be made available for pickup from the campaign office at 5:00 tonight.”

    As someone who might, in many circumstance, vote for Ms. Merrick, this is awfully weak. Talk about waiting for the last minute and making it as difficult as possible to access. If this was how she was going to release the information, why promise to do it at all.

    • It is a little weak. She should have released it earlier.

  • Joe

    Caren Merrick is an outstanding candidate, and I’m glad that she will be a strong supporter of gun rights for Arlington residents.

    • Steamboat Willie

      Merrick’s strategy is laughable. When she pledged a few weeks ago to release the survey, I jokingly suggested that she would do so on the night before the election. And now that’s exactly what she’s doing. Talk about slippery.

      • Carl

        How do you feel about outright refusing to answer the survey?

        • Thes

          Candidates receive many surveys, sometimes more than is practical to answer. Refusing to answer (especially after being asked follow-up questions) is fair grounds for saying the candidate is opposed to the group that asked it, but not that one is “hiding something”.

          In this case, at the same debate at which Merrick promised to disclose her responses (but didn’t), Favola said what her responses were: she said that as far as she could tell, she disagreed with the NRA on each and every one of the positions the NRA asked about. So, Favola has essentially disclosed her answers. Merrick is still keeping them a secret.

          • Carl

            So the “answers” are simple agree/disagree? That’s wonderful!

            Would it be fair to say someone receiving an A would be on the agree side of those, without having to see which box they checked? Or was there also an essay question for extra credit?

          • Thes

            We can now see that the survey was almost exactly this simplistic. The questions were literally multiple choice, often with just two choices.

          • Carl

            And too bad that Favola refused to go on record on any of the questions so we could have a valid comparison between the two.

            Many of the questions had several choices. Do you, as a voter, know what Favola would have answered on all of them?

            And no, the questions were not as simple as agree/disagree. While Merrick provided answers, Favola was afraid to go on record. What is she hiding? An extremist anti-gun agenda. We will just have to assume.

        • LVGuy

          Since when does a political candidate have to be responsive to third party group that they strongly oppose? Should Merrick have to respond to a survey from an Occupy Wall Street group? Why won’t either candidate accept my own personal survey?

          Favola’s let her opinion on gun rights be known, and she’s very proud of that opinion. She’s not going to bow to a hate group.

          • Carl

            A group that supports the Second Amendment is a hate group? LOL, only in Arlington.

          • KalashniKEV

            “She’s not going to bow to a hate group.”

            LOLOL… are you kidding?

            Favola is a Hate Machine. Her negativity will bring about her downfall.

          • LVGuy

            Feeling that you need to own a gun in Arlington, VA is a true sign of negativity.

          • LVGuy

            Let me clarify – an assault weapon. More power to you if you want to hunt, even though I can’t stand it.

          • KalashniKEV

            Assault Weapon?

            No such thing. Did the cyclist get hit by an “assault car” today? I won’t argue the semantics though.

            The class of modern firearms you refer to though are popular with civilians for the same reason they are popular with law enforcement and the military- accuracy, reliability, ergonomics, etc.

    • Whitney Wilson

      There is nothing necessarily wrong with “being a strong supporter of gun rights” (people will disagree on this, of course). But why has she refused (until now, sort of) to release her questionnaire answers? If she believes in what she wrote to the NRA, she shouldn’t be afraid to defend it to the public.

      • Sue


        • Thes

          Favola is proud of her opposition to the NRA, and has disclosed that she was against each of the positions it asked about in its survey, which is why she didn’t bother to fill it out — she said she knew she’d get an “F” either way, and so she saved herself and the NRA the trouble of going through the question-and-answer process.

          • She just didn’t care enough to even take it. If it came from a group she is against, why bother? Nice attitude.

          • KalashniKEV

            It’s political expediency. It’s true that she would get F’d either way, so she chose not to go “on the record” against the second amendment.

          • drax

            So she’s said nothing about gun issues?

          • KalashniKEV

            Statements can be twisted… and as I’m sure you realize, she’s a Democrat.

          • And hopefully folks will choose not to “go on the record” for her today.

  • Newtdog73

    And she should attach her Birth Cert as well?

  • Paco

    I know Mark Warner and Jim Webb. Mark Warner and Jim Webb have served me well. Mark Warner and Jim Webb are friends of Northern Virginia. And Ms. Merrick–you’re no Mark Warner and Jim Webb.

  • KalashniKEV

    I already think less of her for waiting this long- even if she has the most constitutionally aligned responses to the survey.

    An “A” rating from any constitutional rights organization is something to be proud of.

    • drax

      You’re a member of the ACLU, huh Kev?

      • KalashniKEV

        Not a member, but I probably wouldn’t get an F from them. I’m like… a pretty strong supporter of liberty, and stuff.

        My personal feelings are that the ACLU is a sham organization because they refuse to support my basic human right to self defense. I’m with them mostly on Religion, Drugs, Abortion… and probably some other issues.

        • Paco

          Are you a member of “a well regulated Militia”?

          • LVGuy

            I believe Kev was in the military, but that can’t be said about most Americans.

          • KalashniKEV

            Yes. Are you?

            (I don’t understand the point of this question)

          • Playa

            so yes, Kev is part of a militia…

          • KalashniKEV

            Every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age who are not members of the armed forces are part of the militia… whether they want to be or not.

          • dds

            United States Code (USC)

            TITLE 10–ARMED FORCES

            Section 311. Militia: composition and classes

            (a) The militia of the United States consists
            of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age
            and, except as provided in section 313 of title
            32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have
            made a declaration of intention to become, citi-
            zens of the United States and of female citizens
            of the United States who are commissioned of-
            ficers of the National Guard.
            (b) The classes of the militia are–
            (1) the organized militia, which consists of
            the National Guard and the Naval Militia;
            (2) the unorganized militia, which consists
            of the members of the militia who are not
            members of the National Guard or the Naval

            I’m dissappointed in you, Paco. This took a 0.31 second google search. But the proplem is that you wanted the militia to be what the MSM and left wing propagandists have always told you it was.

          • KalashniKEV

            Don’t bring facts… just lots of emotion! LOL

  • BallstonDweller

    I have no problem with a candidate answering or not answering a survey.
    I do have a problem with someone answering one, promising to release answers, not doing it until 14 hours before the polls open, and then only in the most inaccessible manner possible.
    I hope someone posts this online…

  • charlie

    do people really care?

    we all know where Favola stands on this.

    and we all know that we know where Merrick stands on this — or she would have released it by now. She’s probably CCW and packing right now. I know her type.

  • KalashniKEV


    Nothing controversial there… kind of disappointing. I was hoping she’d support the repeal of the Reagan Ban or something.

  • Progressive

    The second amendment should be repealed. It’s called progress people. In 2011 it’s ridiculous to equate the freedom to bear arms with freedom of speech, religion, press, etc. You want to hunt something, go play paintball. At least the target is shooting back.

    • KalashniKEV

      Molon Labe!

  • Progressive

    Typical. I’m sure you’ll want to be buried with them.

    • KalashniKEV

      You mean dig them all up and consolidate them, just so they can be buried with me? No thanks, Komrade!

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