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  •  Occupy the NRA? (2+ / 0-)
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    CwV, wintergreen8694

    Occupy changed an entire nation's attitude toward the 1 percent and the public welfare we give them.

    Now we need a parallel movement to destroy the NRA. Realize, it is NOT an organization of hunters and sportsman. It's a front group for very rich gun dealers, interlinked with the other very rich, taking advantage of "good ole'" folks who again vote against their own self interest.

    Yes, we need better gun control laws and more open access to health care, and some general disdain for the violence in the media. But will really change this country is if a new organization of hunters and sportspersons arises that has a sensible and socially responsible mission, and a million gun owners resign from the NRA to form an entirely new organization.

    •  You go first. (0+ / 0-)

      (sorry, couldn't resist)

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 06:58:31 AM PST

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      •  Sorry, they don't have my money (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe 30 years ago I worked on hunter safety with them. But since then it is very obvious that they haven't represented anything that I thought was valid.

        An interesting study in extinct ideas is the very ancient emphasis on environmental issues that the NRA used to have--when they actually listened to hunters.

        •  If the NRA... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...would have adhered to its original purposed when it was founded, we would be better off. Its purpose was to teach gun safety and marksmanship. That is simply a front now. It is now a PAC that uses trumped up 2nd Amendment fears to steer its membership into voting for candidates that support the far right wing agenda; NRA, Tea Party, Religious Right, Grover Norquist, Koch brothers, Carl Rove, Heritage Foundation, etc., they're all the same animal.
          Just as with the last election, your vote is more powerful than their money, and in the case of the NRA, their guns.

          I knew she was the gal for me as soon as she laid her eyes on me. Right on me shoulder, she did. Popped the buggers right out her head, and laid em on me shoulder. She's a sweet heart, that gal.

          by glb3 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 09:16:59 AM PST

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    •  A better model would be MADD (2+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, mmacdDE

      Occupy, as an organizational model is a mess. It completely ignores the most effective channels for making change and relies on media stunts to get it's message across. It worked in a limited sense but did not and cannot achieve the broad reforms they seek.
      MADD focused on a single issue and did a decade worth of organizing and PR work that built a single issue pressure group that got legislation written all over the country. On the way, they raised the issue of drunk driving nationally, pumping up the Conventional Wisdom Machine and that made moving legilation, state by state, much easier.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:05:11 AM PST

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