This election season just gets stranger and stranger! The Washington Post has an article up today that shows the National Rifle Association (NRA), a decades-long ally of the Republican Party, is beginning to throw its support to Democrats. In the current election cycle, the NRA is backing 58 incumbent House Democrats over their Republican challengers - at least a dozen of those are considered critical if the GOP wishes to take control of the House.
Overall, the NRA still donates much, much more money and doles out far more endorsements to Republicans. Still, the GOP is not happy about the current round of endorsements. "The endorsements aren't the result of a sudden love for a party with which the NRA is often at odds. Rather, the powerful group adheres to what it calls 'an incumbent-friendly' policy, which holds that if two candidates are equally supportive of gun rights, the incumbent gets the nod...The policy is frustrating Republicans who think the group is hurting its own cause and the party's chances next month."
Considering the Democrats have not even attempted to engage debate on the issue of gun control since the early 1990s, there is barely any difference between the two parties on this issue. I guess it shouldn't be surprising that the NRA would support some Democrats.