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We are told that we will never be able to get meaningful gun reform because the NRA will not allow it. They are just too powerful.
They claim to have some 4.3 million members who actually pay them money to advocate on their behalf. They claim that since the slaughtering of innocence at Sandy Hook, their membership has grown. How sick is that?

In the days since the Dec. 14 massacre -- in which a gunman armed with a military-style assault weapon and high-capacity magazines shot and killed 26 people, including 20 young children -- the NRA's membership increased from 4.1 million to 4.2 million, Politico's Mike Allen reports. New members must pay a fee of $25, and in return get access to NRA events and a free gift.
Have some disappointing news for those members, however, as they  are not really the source of the NRA's power. No, to the extent that they have any real power, it comes from the hold they have over our congress.
Weren't you just sick to your stomach when you learned that members of congress, elected by the citizens of this country. could not condemn the massacre in SH for fear of upsetting the NRA?
This is what NRA president David Keene told CNN about the talk of new gun legislation:
You don't want to bet your house on the outcome. But I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,"
Time to do something about this hold the NRA have on the Congress of the United States of America. Time to make those congressmen and women ashamed of themselves for associating with this toxic organization. "The lobbyist for mass murderers," as Lawrence O'Donnell describes them, should never be issuing grades for our elected officials in the first place. Unacceptable!

The New York Times says that currently, 286 lawmakers enjoy an A rating. The House with 242 and 46 from the Senate. No wonder the NRA is so arrogantly confident.

A partial list of NRA “A” Rated Senators in 2012 Cycle:

1.) John Barasso (A) – NRA Endorsed
2.) Bob Corker (A) – NRA Endorsed
3.) Ted Cruz (A+) – NRA Endorsed
4.) Joe Donnelly (A)
5.) Deb Fischer (A) – NRA Endorsed
6.) Jeff Flake (A) – NRA Endorsed
7.) Orrin Hatch (A+) – NRA Endorsed
8.) Heidi Heitkamp (AQ)
9.) Dean Heller (A) – NRA Endorsed
10.) Joe Manchin (A) – NRA Endorsed
11.) Jon Tester (A-)
12.) Roger Wicker (A+) – NRA Endorsed

A more extensive list can be found here.

See Sunlight Foundation to get an idea of the incestuous relationship between the Congress and the NRA.

I say we use every social media tool available to heap shame on those who are currently enjoying a favorable rating from the NRA. The old-fashioned, tried and true method of marching and calling on offices should also be employed.
What sayest thou?

Originally posted to JoanMar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:21 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:21:25 PM PST

  •  great idea...let them do the work... (6+ / 0-)

    and spend their money.

    I actually gathered info with the same idea for a diary just before the election...but chickened out...I won't be so shy next time.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:10:13 PM PST

  •  Will be looking forward to your diary (4+ / 0-)

    on this, GTP. We can't afford to let up.
    Already newspapers are putting gun control articles on the back pages. That's a win for the NRA.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:16:23 PM PST

  •  factional trifle association, or (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    historys mysteries, JoanMar, a2nite

    The National Rifle Assassinassin
    The More You Die, The Better We Lie.
    I Found My Thrill dum da dum dum da dum Up On Boot Hill
    If You Want To Be Invincible, Eat More Guns
    NRA. The Well Regulated Militia Afraid Of Its Own Shadow
    I got off 50 shots in a few seconds and killed most everybody in sight, whoever they were. I'd do it again if I had more bullets and wasn't in -
    Hey! Where am I? Where am I? Gimme back my guns, you whitecoat devils! Help! They put me in psych jail for exercising my rights.
    If they didn't wanna die, they shouldna been around me. They shoulda been more in the background. If they'd a done a background check, they wouldna been in the line of fire. Next time I'll try to remember to shoot myself first. But I can't guarantee it. I forget things. Hey! Do you know where I am?
    NRA. Armed To The Grief.

    clime parches on. terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout-famine, acceptance of nature.

    by renzo capetti on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 11:15:42 PM PST

  •  I have a question on this: (0+ / 0-)
    "The lobbyist for mass murderers," as Lawrence O'Donnell describes them, should never be issuing grades for our elected officials in the first place. Unacceptable!
    Would this same standard be set across the board, say for the ACLU too?

    Highest ranking

    The highest overall rating went to former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican-turned-Libertarian, who opposes the Patriot Act and - unlike Obama - supports the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Among the leading Republican candidates, libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul also got a higher score than Obama despite low ratings in several categories.

    Where do we stand as a Progressive Community if we shut down the speech of those we oppose?

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:52:02 AM PST

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