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I have always donated generously to politicians I believe in. I have always operated on the principle that the greater good is to elect the best possible people. I'm a practical kind of guy. I have never believed in being a one-issue person -- I care about the entire range of progressive issues that we all care about. Every politician (with the possible exception of Bernie Sanders) has areas of weakness.

No more. #TodayIsTheDay that for me, my approach to supporting politicians changes. Because it is clear that this country has become paralyzed by what amounts to nothing less than a reign of terror by the National Rifle Association.

The NRA has terrorized our politicians to the point where, with a few notable exceptions like Jerrold Nadler (who was superb on the Ed Show tonight), almost no Democrat or Republican will ever stand up to the NRA.

The NRA has terrorized the people of this country, who have been robbed of the sense of security that we have always had in the ability to live our lives with an expectation of safety, without always being in fear.

And the NRA has wantonly and cynically fomented fear and hatred, for their own profit. They have repeatedly, in arrogant disregard of every single fact to the country, accused the President of the United States of wanting to take away everybody's guns, of being illegitimate, of not supporting the Constitution. They have openly disrespected the President and his office, and encouraged disrespect from the legions of haters on the right. They have practically invited people to consider violence against the President of the United States.

I hereby call out the NRA: You are no longer an organization that pursues the worthy goals of responsible gun ownership and gun safety. You have made yourselves into a terrorist organization.

So, if Grover can start a pledge, then we can do that too. My pledge is very simple:

I hereby pledge that from now on, I will not give a single dime to any politician who accepts money from the NRA.


I recognize that the solutions to our out of control epidemic of guns and gun violence are not going to be easy, even aside from the politics. There are a number of potential approaches. Opponents of gun control love to point out that not every solution is going to be effective -- and I don't disagree. But clearly, there are things we can and should do that will work. You can read all about them.

But if we regard the NRA as a terrorist organization, then no amount of money given to buy politicians is acceptable. NONE. ZERO.

The progressives of this country have bankrolled Democratic and progressive candidates. Millions of us. They can't be elected without us.

You can find out how much every national politician has received from the NRA here, on Open Secrets.

So, it's time to put them on notice. Do you want to be elected? Then, NO MORE MONEY FROM THE NRA.

We can, and must, take the power away from the NRA.

The hashtag #TodayIsTheDay has quickly trended as the tag to use for this topic on twitter. There are thousands of tweets that are using this. The overwhelming majority strongly support not putting off discussion of doing Something about out of control gun violence.

There are an estimated 300,000,000 million guns in this country. Just about one gun for every man, woman and child.

There are an estimated 30,000 gun-related deaths in the United States every year.

That's a jumbo jet crash every week.

The NRA's answer? Even more guns. Concealed carry. They are bragging that Florida now has 1,000,000 people with concealed carry permits. Just today, SB59 in Michigan awaits Gov. Snyder's signature -- allowing firearms on school campuses.

This is insane.




Will you join me?

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Donate

7:59 PM PT: I appreciate the comments and the recs, and the support for the idea I put forward. My tweet copied above has been retweeted two dozen times. I am going to keep pushing. Peace.

Originally posted to flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Policy Zone and Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  #TodayIsTheDay (47+ / 0-)

    Let's not let this drop. Can we build momentum? I think President Obama needs to know that we have his back if he pushes for reasonable gun control measures. Let's send a clear message.

    The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

    by flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:15:18 PM PST

  •  I will make one other comment for now: (10+ / 0-)

    If the NRA decides that they have gone to far,

    if they decide to return to their original mission of being an educational organization that supports teaching about gun safety and promoting responsible gun ownership,

    if they decide to respect the President of the United States,

    if they cease and desist from all political activity that promotes hate and fear, and

    if they stop opposing reasonable measures to decrease preventable gun violence, and instead work with us to develop and promote such measures,

    then I will gladly abandon my pledge.

    The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

    by flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:31:13 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the creating thinking, Steve! This (9+ / 0-)

    is a worthy pledge, and though I'm not on Twitter, I'll take that pledge!

    In the name of the children who were murdered in their classroom, I will not donate to, or in any way support the candidacy of, any politician who accepts campaign contributions from the NRA.

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:38:22 PM PST

  •  the guns were bought by the mother (0+ / 0-)

    Gun control would not have helped stop this massacre. As long as adults buy guns that their kids can use there is no  stopping them.
    Probably should require a mental health evaluation with every gun sales.

    •  xrighty: this shooter's not a child. Police (1+ / 0-)
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      have variously identified the killer as either 24-year-old Ryan Lanza or his 20-year-old brother Adam.  Either way, the killer was the son of a teacher who worked at the school where the shootings occurred.

      That son was also an adult, legally.

      Police have also said the Lanzas' mother was found dead at the school -- and at her home, which she shared with one of her sons.

      Police have also said another of Lanza's brothers was found dead, and that Lanza's father was found dead at a home in New Jersey -- but then retracted the story about the father.

      Now what we're hearing is that a private home in New Jersey is a crime scene related to the school shooting, and no further details are available at this time.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 04:04:01 PM PST

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    •  Right. It's never about access to guns. (1+ / 0-)
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      Those innocent .223 assault rifles are never at fault. It's always the imperfect human instrument employing them.

      There's nothing we can do to stop such catastrophes? Bullshit. We can outlaw these evil devices.

      Personally, I'm all for the Second Amendment being accurately interpreted as the founding fathers clearly intended: every adult property owning white male can own a muzzle-loading single shot musket. Now there's some originalism for you.

    •  but an assault weapons ban would have stopped it n (0+ / 0-)

      You don't get to keep democracy unless you fight for it.

      by artebella on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:41:59 AM PST

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  •  There are a flood of diaries right now -- (5+ / 0-)
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    jacey, FloridaSNMOM, Eyesbright, Avila, suesue

    this one is sinking fast. I hope that the idea I've put forward has some value. I'm not trying to promote myself at all, but I'd love to see this idea get some traction. A few recs might help...


    The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

    by flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:42:05 PM PST

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (8+ / 0-)

    (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

    by a2nite on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 04:05:55 PM PST

  •  Republished to Progressive Policy Zone. (7+ / 0-)

    This pledge is an idea whose time has come.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 04:41:07 PM PST

  •  Retweeted your message (2+ / 0-)
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    PhilJD, flitedocnm

    rec'd the diary and will continue to support this effort.  

    I agree that the NRA has held the politicians of this country hostage for too long. But the politicians themselves have allowed that to happen too and it seems to be a a new policy of the Dem leadership to avoid gun control issues purely for political reasons. In my opinion, on this issue and many others, the party has lost its way.  That has to change.  Maybe finally this will be the issue that brings them to their senses.

    I have only one potential issue or maybe just a question with this diary. Is it true that the NRA has done this?

    They have practically invited people to consider violence against the President of the United States.
    I believe the diarist to be credible.  I am just not a close follower of NRA or its flagship issues so I could easlly have missed the incidents that caused the diarist to say this.  And if this is true, then we should be signing petitions not just for some gun control laws, we should also be signing petitions for prosecution of the people in the NRA who have done this.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:06:19 PM PST

    •  Probably not in so many words Joanne, (2+ / 0-)
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      joanneleon, flitedocnm

      nothing that would garner Secret Service attention, but obliquely they sure have, by enabling all things rightwing and gun thug.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:14:18 PM PST

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    •  Yes, in as many words, it is true. Here you go: (6+ / 0-)

      April 14, 2012, comments from a speech by conservative rocker and member of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors Ted Nugent to the annual NRA convention in St. Louis. I just checked -- Nugent is still proudly promoted as a member of the NRA Board.

      ...If you don't know that our government is wiping its ass with the Constitution, you're living under a rock someplace. And that there's a dead soldier, an airman, a Marine, a seaman, a hero of the military that just got his legs blown off for the U.S. Constitution, and we've got a president and attorney general who doesn't even like the Constitution. We’ve got four Supreme Court justices who don’t believe in the Constitution.

      I'll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year... I'm serious as a heart attack.

      So, being at the NRA event, God bless you, good indicator, but if you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don't even know what you're made out of. And if you're taking offense at that, tough. I see warriors amongst us. I see people who get it.

      ...Our president, attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton, they're criminals. They're criminals. That guy on the radio the other day said, 'Well, name the crimes.' About 10 minutes later, I said, "Have you had enough?" I mean, who doesn't know the crimes our government is committing?

      To me, that sounds like like a pretty direct invitation to violence. Just look at his words -- "vile, evil, America-hating administration". And his comments about being dead or in jail if Obama was reelectd? Wow. This stirred up a bit of a firestorm at the time, and the Secret Service even got involved. So, the NRA then scrubbed the video and Nugent's comments from their web site. But did they throw Nugent off their Board? Did they repudiate his comments? Not a chance.

      There are other examples. But this was the most notorious.

      Sorry for the delay in my reply. As I noted above, I had an evening obligation.

      The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

      by flitedocnm on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:51:56 PM PST

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    •  it's not that new a policy (1+ / 0-)
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      as far as I know, we've been there since the mid-90s.

      A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:39:45 AM PST

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  •  I make that pledge. (4+ / 0-)
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    PhilJD, flitedocnm, FloridaSNMOM, suesue

    And I give THOUSANDS of dollars to Democratic politicians.

  •  Here's to the land you tore out of the heart of... (3+ / 0-)
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    flitedocnm, suesue, PhilJD

    NRA find yourself another country to be part of!

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:19:32 PM PST

  •  well (6+ / 0-)

    I pledged not to donate, work for, or vote for any politician that subborns torture, covers up the financial crimes of the banks or accepts money from the MIC, so why not add this?  

    ‎"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them." --Frederick Douglass

    by Nada Lemming on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:23:45 PM PST

  •  WAYNE LAPIERE (4+ / 0-)

    nneds a job and he has to keep his job even if comes at the expense little children loosing their lifes. He so desperately needs those millions he is being paid by the NRA. Kids loosing their lifes be darmed. I think this shalaten needs to be called out for this blood money he is collecting from running the NRA. This man is holding the entire country hostage lets at least make him feel the discomfort he has been putting other people through.

  •  I'm there. n/t (5+ / 0-)
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    flitedocnm, FloridaSNMOM, Avila, suesue, PhilJD

    A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:53:22 PM PST

  •  Sign me up! (0+ / 0-)

    Tipped, rec'd, retweeted the tweet and did the Facebook and Twitter links to your diary.  

    It's time we fought back - decrease the money flow, write to everybody on the list that gets NRA money and spread the word!

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:39:09 AM PST

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