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  •  morning! (8+ / 0-)

    in addition to APR (link), there's This is not your father’s NRA from our new Sen, Chris Murphy.

    there's Gov politics/polls:

    Republican disapproval of New York's tough new gun-control law could be taking a toll on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose all-time high 74 - 13 percent job approval rating last month drops to a still-solid 59 - 28 percent in a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Voters in non-gun homes approve of the governor 68 - 19 percent. Voters in households with a gun disapprove 50 - 40 percent.

    Republican approval of the governor, 68 - 18 percent in a survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University on December 12, just two days before the Newtown massacre, is a split 44 - 43 percent today.


    Gun-control laws in the Keystone State and in the nation should be stricter, Pennsylvania voters say, with overwhelming 19-1 support for laws requiring background checks for all gun buyers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Pennsylvania gun-control laws should be stricter, 57 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, while 4 percent say less strict and 35 percent say keep state laws as they are. National gun-control laws should be stricter, 60 percent of statewide voters say, with 5 percent saying less strict and 32 percent saying keep current laws.

    There is strong support in Pennsylvania for a number of measures at the national level:

    95 - 5 percent for requiring background checks for all gun purchases;

    60 - 37 percent for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons;

    59 - 39 percent for a nationwide ban on the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds.

    There is less support on most gun-control questions among voters in households where there is a gun, but 95 percent of voters in these gun households support stricter background checks.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:05:58 AM PST

    •  I loved the Murphy op-ed (3+ / 0-)

      especially the title, oh and the comments because Politico comment sections always make me feel better about myself - grateful that I am me. When I was a kid in Michigan, hunting types went to the NRA with their children to earn gun safety certificates - nothing even close to the monied lobbyist for the gun industry that it is now. This is important and should be said often by everyone who is passionate about passing gun-related legislation.

      I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

      by hulibow on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:33:01 AM PST

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    •  he is quite correct about the NRA (2+ / 0-)
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      though he did not go into as much depth about the NRA as I would wish.  Traditionally the NRA was anathema in the South where the KKK took the NRA to be a "Yankee Invention" and as proof pointed to its early officers, mostly former Union officers.
      Murphy is correct that the NRA has supported gun regulation during much of its history but circa 1972, there was a sort of "coup" where the hierarchy was purged and replaced with more conservative leaders (and also it appears its new policies were more acceptable to many former Dixiecrats.  I find the coup and the date birth of the GOP Southern Strategy significant).  Later there was another coup by even more extreme RW elements in the organization and finally the coup which brought LaPierre to power.
      The question is why was there this series of changes in leadership, each more radical than the last, and who financed each change in leadership?  I believe there is a direct connection (if anyone ever got into their books) between the sources of financing, shifting from individual members to institutional members, and the radicalization of the organization.
      (disclaimer: I am not and have never been a member of the NRA)

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