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  •  But, but, the NRA is a giant monster! (2+ / 0-)
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    FrankRose, andalusi

    You can point out that the membership of the NRA is small compared to the number of gun owners, or that their lobbying and campaign contributions are small potatoes compared to the big boys (check the sites where you can look up their state and national level spending), but some people desperately want or need to portray the NRA as some giant bogeyman whose defeat will usher in some glorious new post-gun era, rather than a bunch of loudmouths whose membership is maybe 5% of gun owners at best and whose total state and national level spending is dwarfed by that of a single Wall Street firm like Bank of America.

    The truth is, the NRA is the only game in town. If you are a gun owner, and not a LaPierre or Nugent type, just one of the hundred million or so gun owners in the country, and you want someone to represent your beliefs against the screeching gun control equivalent of Westboro Baptist...the screeching NRA is all you've got.

    I'm not an NRA member and never have been, and I think LaPierre is a flake. But tell me, is there a liberal organization willing to stand up and put its money and clout behind what gun owners want (many millions of said gun owners being liberals)?

    No, there isn't. So, when the NRA goes to lawmakers, it is the only pro-gun voice with any clout and gets to (mis)represent my views by the simple lack of any competition. That makes them disproportionately powerful for their size.

    If someone like the ACLU wants to step up and say they will support the 2nd as an individual right that can be reasonably regulated, then more power to them.

    •  Right... (0+ / 0-)

      Many of my points exactly. Their influence exceeds thier size -- and it proves those in Congress are wimps who cave into a minority of loudmouths.

      Actually Mayor Bloomberg of NY is trying to rally support to defeat those who voted to scuttle the bill; and now there is evidence that some who killed it are in trouble for the next election. Now it is up to the American voter to make his/her voice heard at election time.

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