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  •  The NRA doesn't have much support here at DKos (6+ / 0-)

    I fail to understand why so much energy is spent on complaining about them, which amounts to preaching to the choir.  Even most Liberal gun rights supporters are turned off by their right-wing irrationality.  You are correct, though, their generalized position does hurt the cause of responsible gun ownership; which should be a non-partisan issue.

    •  I focus on the NRA (8+ / 0-)


      because most of Congress,

      is afraid of their NRA's shadows.


      They have no courage of their own convictions.

      Instead they look to the NRA, to know what to think or say.


      It's pathetic.  And worse yet, it's anti-democracy in action,
      speaking of the Constitution.

      •  Any power the NRA has comes in two flavors (2+ / 0-)
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        One is lobbying capability which can be represented in terms of dollars.  Their dollars come from two sources: manufacturers (and their ilk) and citizen members.  Shooting sports are not exactly a cheap hobby, so it is no surprise that there is plenty of money in the industry.  This is people speaking with their wallets.

        Two is the ability to mobilize people into action.  They have a very active communication network, effectively a grape vine.  They are prolific in emailing their members, they publish magazines, they make telephone calls, they distribute paraphernalia, they are active in the industry with respect to training and standards.  In essence, they are immensely visible.

        If the politicians fear them, it is because they fear their ability to influence voters.  One of the real problems with opinion polling is turning support for an issue into making it important enough to cause people to vote in support of it which is a a much higher and more difficult standard.

        •  No way 2 know who is getting paid to serve (2+ / 0-)
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          oldpotsmuggler, a2nite

          as a spokesman for the NRA, or whether some are just volunteer spokesmen for the NRA.

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 01:11:30 PM PDT

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          •  Accusing a member of Daily Kos... (0+ / 0-)

            of being a paid hack is H/Rable. I'm sure you know that by now.

            •  standards differ...accusations of NRA shillery (0+ / 0-)

              often made and altho reasonable gun owner MB has been often quoted about dkos past policy of accusations of shillery it hasn't stopped the common daily accusation/implications, nor have  moderating principles prevented open discussions about antagonizing or declaring some commentors to be 'HOS' with justifications being twisted accusations of trollery...which summed up become 'disagreement'..like I said, standards differ if they even exist anymore.

              This machine kills Fascists.

              by KenBee on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:34:42 AM PDT

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      •  They are not afraid of the NRA, they are afraid of (1+ / 0-)
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        the huge percentage of gun owners in this country and are likely having their switchboards ring off the wall for months now with angry voters.

        I agree that a large percentage of people wish to see universal background checks in place, but even that support is fading with the latest polls out...so are these people calling their representatives 24/7.....because I guarantee you that the gun owners are doing just that.  

        My husband is a voter and a Democrat but very ho hum about politics and I can tell you....I have never seen him so interested in an issue...ever.

    •  No way 2 know why some kossacks persist in (2+ / 0-)
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      oldpotsmuggler, a2nite

      repeating NRA talking points and RW memes, ad nauseum.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 01:10:32 PM PDT

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