Although the first votes on gun -control legislation have yet to be cast, by some measures the National Rifle Association has already won. Obama’s ambitious plans to ban assault weapons and limit magazine capacities are off the table, while the NRA suggested it could support the most likely outcome -- expanded background checks -- as recently as 1999. The NRA claims that the president’s efforts have triggered a fundraising surge and boosted its membership from 4 million to nearly 5 million.
Is there a Democrat alive who has not butted heads with the NRA publically and got his skull caved in? They never learn. When the latest bash is over, I predict they will return to their old tactics of trying to subvert the NRA from the inside.
I´m not impressed that 5 million belong to the NRA. If we have 300 million people in this country, that means that 295 million do not belong to the NRA. The NRA may be loud, but LaPierre is a fool if he thinks that his views are the majority views in this country. I´m not convinced that his vitriol is even the majority view within the NRA.
There was a time it was a good organization. I respected it in the Charlton Heston day. I don´t respect LaPierre.
LaPierre is doing a fine job and I am very happy with him. When your own government is attempting to steal your Constitutional Rights, I expect a loud pushback. A bunch of politicians temporarily holding office cannot take away Constitutional rights.
I let my socialist/fascist Senator, Pryor, know exactly how I felt on these issues. He is up for reelection in ´14 and he is the only congressional Democrat left in the state. He definitely will be running against his record (Obambicare which is hated). This is a major issue and if he votes in any way shape or form that appears to sort any of the gun grabbing propositions, he´s toast. that said, he is such a dimwit follower that he will follow Blank Lincoln over the cliff and vote for whatever Reid tells him to vote for.
A back-handed article... whose point about the NRA membership was the significant increase in such a brief few months... and that a majority of Americans understand the importance and necessity of our Second Amendment...
LaPierre speaks truth. Disrespect it at your peril.
The NRA doesn´t have much money compared to the other lobbying groups. Their campaign contributions are a drop in the bucket. What they have on their side is that a very large portion of Americans believe you should have the right of self protection. Advocates for that right are going to be a formidable foe even with no money.
More power to them #7. If they can deflect the neocommunists from shredding the 2nd amendment, great. Someone in the NRA ought to be smart enough to promote Suzanna Huff and people like her who have the kind of personal experience every American can relate to, gun haters included. The NRA can work the halls of power AND focus on the brainwashing media. A media that floods the airwaves with gun porn violence and at the same time gives every gun grabber unlimited, unchallenged airtime. Get some coverage of the ex Cuban who educated the committee he testified before about Americans ignoring the freedoms they never lost.
On the other hand, there is a natural law that says if a population is too stupid to survive, they won´t.
this is fun to watch...Common Sense vs. the idiots. You´ve got Texas who wants to arm any teacher who wants to responsibly carry and thus stop any nut job who wants to do harm in a school, or you have the left who thinks while the nut job is re-loading (hooray we´ve limited him to only 10 rounds vs. 30) then the kids can run away. Why do we want 10 dead kids?? There is a talk show host who says "The arguments on this program cannot be broken"....amen.
LaPierre has been Exec Director of the NRA for as long as I can remember--even during the "Heston years". Someone is talking thru his elongated ears--kind of like a Congresswoman who thinks magazines are "ammunition"...
#18, RE: The Stalinist Cadre-Bill Ayers et al- at the rotting heart of Liberalism probably consists of no more than a few hundred people. Few thousands at most. The community organizers and activists and union goons bent on bringing Communism to America. 150 million doo-dah money recipients, bunny hugger and unicorn lovers are their stooges, electing them over and over.
The dims keep throwing out this number of 90% of Americans support background checks. Now, I would like to ask, just how is their poll question written? What does the background check comprise of? Just what information is going to be gathered about the prospective purchaser and who is going to safeguard it? If a person passes a background check, is there any real reason to keep that information anyway? What are you going to do with it.
If you want background checks, fine. But have an iron clad REQUIREMENT that all information has to be immediately destroyed. After all, one the buy has been made, of what use is that info?
There are already reports out there today that the Senate has agreed on background checks. Leave it to those Senate Republicans who agree to anything to take an issue off the table. Thank goodness for the House to normally keep them somewhat honest.
Tell you what... include background checking for Illegal Democrats in the bill for deportation purposes (after all, they are criminals already), and escort them out of the country. Let Holder supply them with guns down South and export him too.
#24, That´s very much the way I see it and as long as we presume them to be more than they are, they keep their stranglehold. That´s also why I wouldn´t underestimate 5 million member organization, albeit one constrained by doing things within the constraints of classic American values not the least of which is truth.
We must get over our fear of being un-cool and accept that slander and ridicule are par for the course. I also don´t suggest that we can win by abandoning the values we fight for so it remains an "unfair" fight.
Let me tell you of something that happened to me just last night. I was teaching a college class in a ´satellite campus´ located in a converted Sears store near downtown in a small city in East Texas. There were about 25 women in this class. A guy followed one of the women into class (she is pregnant) and just sat down in the middle of the class. I asked him what class he thinks he is in, and he said he was looking for the Theology class (there isn´t one of those, of course). He is obiously ´homeless´ and not all there. I told him he had to leave immediately and the security guard down the hall would help him find whatever class he was looking for. He proceeded to walk all the way around the class coming to the front of the class, walked by me and all the way up the aisle to the door. My only worry was the possibility of being caught in the crossfire, because at least 3 of the women had their hands in their purses on their handguns. I don´t need to carry in my classes. I´d estimate that 25% of the students taking my classes have their CCL and I´m perfectly happy to have them come to class packing. They´ll make fine NRA members.
Does anyone...anyone...believe a word that comes from the media? That 90% poll has been floated out there relentlessly for weeks now. It´s laughable. The low info voters know it isn´t true because even they believe in the freedom to protect yourself. It´s the ignorant elites in academia and their muddle-headed students who are for gun control. Bobble heads for Obama and anything he says. Again, laughable.
Sigh, where´s Glenn Close when you need her? #7, you may not be impressed by 5 million NRA members, but by all conservative estimates there are at least 20 million gun owners in the United States. That´s the largest standing army anywhere on the planet. I find that pretty impressive and that fact gives me a great deal of comfort in these dark days of tyranny. Proud to be one of them. Molon Labe.
Beware of articles like this coming out now. They are trying to lull 2nd ammendment supporters into believeing this battle is as good as won for now, but it is not. And never underestimate the ability of the Republicans to cave under bad publicity (something the NRA never does by the way).
Other signs of the disinformation campaign and the continued alynskyite attempts to turn law abiding gun owner into the new smokers:
The constant use of the sinister sounding term "gun trafficking" without ever defining what it means. They are using it now as a synonym for simply buying and selling guns. The idea is to plant the association between gun "trafficking" and drug trafficking in the minds of the lo fos.
The contstant repetition of the ridiculous poll number that 90% support "comprehensive background checks" (without ever giving poll details) to cement the idea that those who oppose gun registration are a small minority of extremists who should be marginalized
Numerous articles stating gun ownership rates are down and therefore the huge increase in gun sales is due to gun rights "extremists" stockpiling. Spending 10 minutes in any gun shop will disprove that lie. Most of the clerks are busy discussing the basics of gun ownership with people who have obviously never owned or shot a gun before. They never mention that it may just be that fewer poll respondents are willing to admit owning a gun, either because the plan to paint gun owners as freaks outside the mainstream is working, or because those who own guns realize the fewer people who know that the better as the ramp up of gun owner hate and the demands for confiscation continues.
Oh, and I wish the rabbit would get back in its hole in the ground.
"The NRA may be loud, but LaPierre is a fool if he thinks that his views are the majority views in this country. I´m not convinced that his vitriol is even the majority view within the NRA."
In recent polls 54+ percent of those polled said they support the NRA which would translate to 162 million supporters of the NRA.
A recent CBS poll showed 74 percent in favor of LaPierre´s proposal for armed guards in schools which would be 222 million out of the hypothetical 300 million.
A recent major poll of police officers reported 80+ percent were in favor of armed guards in schools. Seems like some solid majorities in LaPierre´s corner.
If you want to find some stalwart opponents of any and all gun control measures you could research the organization "Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership". They seem to feel they have 6 million good reasons for their unyielding stance.
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