Gun Control Tide Turns Against the NRA

Gun Control Tide Turns Against the NRA

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Promiscuous Hunted

Minneapolis, MN

#1 May 13, 2013
Gun Control Tide Turns Against the NRA and Second Amendment Fanatics

Gun fanatics seem to fancy themselves as enjoying the kind of political invulnerability that comes from being in synch with an overwhelming majority of the public. They are way off the mark.

It's true that since the 1994 elections the NRA has possessed (and cultivated) such a reputation. But that was then. The group dropped more than $11 million in the 2012 elections, yet only 0.83 percent was spent on races where it got its desired outcome, according to the Sunlight Foundation. And while gun safety advocates mounted relatively little resistance in recent years (the NRA spent 73 times more on lobbying in the 112th Congress than the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and more than 3,000 times as much on the 2012 elections, notes Sunlight), a new anti-NRA infrastructure has developed. Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, raised $11 million in it first four months of existence, while Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been running television ads against key senators who helped kill the background check bill.

The NRA has also eased its opponents' task by taking uncompromising positions (the group voted unanimously last weekend to oppose "any and all new restrictions" on gun ownership). Polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans, and even of NRA members, favor universal background checks. NRA extremism is creating an exploitable common-sense gap. Giffords and her husband, for example, aren't talking about handgun bans or (as people like LaPierre fantasize) confiscation they're gun owners and Second Amendment supporters themselves.

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P C Free Zone

Saint Paul, MN

#2 May 13, 2013
Liar, liar, pants on fire. More guns are being sold than ever. And, this year's NRA convention was the most attended, ever!
A new program to help Veterans start their own businesses has had mostly luke-warm success, EXCEPT one Vet who started a gun making, and firing range business.
This guy, who lost his legs in Afghanistan, has sold over 100,000 guns in less than a year.
The Obama Administration has been good for guns.
P C Freak Zone

Seattle, WA

#3 May 13, 2013
Did Buddy Hackett say so ???

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