Sreenivas Cherukuri is running a campaign for the term-limited 38th state representative seat in Oakland County, and he has portrayed himself as an example of the “American Dream,” being born of immigrants who assimilated and grew to be wealthy and successful as a result of freedom and opportunity.
Cherukuri has portrayed himself as a fervent supporter of American values. He received an Aq rating from the National Rifle Association based on his responses to their candidate survey. He has touted himself as a defender of the 2nd Amendment as well as a hardcore Trump supporter.
Yes, in Michigan, several legislators are being punished by the NRA scoring process for voting against a package of bills designed to ‘Keep ammo out of the hands of felons.’ Certainly the NRA is acting responsibly, right? Until you carefully think through what it takes to enforce such an act.
Lets consider what the NRA uses as legislative candidate scoring criteria first.
A+: A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
A: Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.
AQ: A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
B: A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.
D: An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.