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Finally The NRA doing something useful where it counts

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by DMax, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. DMax

    DMax Yamhill Well-Known Member

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  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully the ads will make more sense than a few of their recent press conferences. GOA is the real deal
     
  3. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    And the Obama super PAC is running ads against the NRA and who it's backing. Was on the MSN site a few minutes ago.
     
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    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

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    agreed. at the very least, hire a voiceover/narrator who doesn't sound like he just lost a job doing budget studio movie trailers.
     
  5. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

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    We also need to shore up some Republican spines, like Sen. Mark Warner R-VA. I was just looking over the list or Senators up for re-election and we have several Democrats who are open to pressure and some districts where it's possible to get a pro-gun Republican elected, changing the numbers in the Senate.

    EVERY republican needs to understand that they will face a primary challenge that is heavily funded by gun-rights people if they screw us over.

    2014 is not far off. We need the people who are persuadable to know that this (gun control) is something that will WRECK their careers if they vote for it.
     
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    Browning55 Seattle-Everett Area Active Member

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    We need to clear the liberals out of the state legislature for many reaons (including this one). And don't forget U.S. Senator Tennis Shoes.
     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    GOA may be largely old line real gunners but when you hear these guys speak you know they are sincere patriots and not actors
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    10 Surprising Facts About the NRA That You Never Hear

    1. The NRA was originally not a civil rights organization.

    The NRA was founded in 1871 after the Civil War by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and General George Wood Wingate of the Union Army, who were both dismayed at the horrible accuracy of Union soldiers during the Civil War. The original purpose of the organization was for rifle marksmanship training. However despite this, the NRA is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.

    2. The NRA has a history of being for gun control.

    In 1934, the NRA supported the National Firearms Act, which served to regulate and tax firearms that were considered used by gangsters at the time. They also supported the Gun Control Act of 1968, which expanded on the system to license firearm dealers and prohibit criminals and those with mental impairments from owning firearms.

    3. The NRA has a history of supporting the Civil Rights Movement.

    While African Americans were being terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan, where the Klan were sometimes aided by local law enforcement, the NRA setup charters to help train local African American communities to be able protect themselves. The most prominent case being in 1960 in Monroe, N.C. where the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People head Robert Williams also chartered an NRA Rifle Club that successfully defended an assault on one of their leader's homes by the KKK without casualties.

    4. The NRA is active in wildlife conservation.

    The NRA supports wildlife conservation through efforts to open lands up to managed hunting. For example, under the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, proceeds obtained through a tax on hunting firearms and ammo were used specifically to research and rebuild a vast array of wildlife species and habitats. Today, the NRA continues to seek expansion on these measures. It's worth noting that the proceeds from taxes and licensing go to support the governmental agencies charged with environmental research and conservation management, as "little funding comes from taxes paid by the general public."

    5. The NRA offers extensive firearms training programs.

    The organization offers training programs for civilians as well as law enforcement. The training programs offered are even recognized by law enforcement as acceptable to fulfill the training requirement for concealed carry licenses (CCW). Today, the NRA has trained over 10,000 police and security firearm instructors and 55,000 certified instructors who in turn train roughly 750,000 people a year.

    7. A majority of Americans have a favorable image of the NRA.

    According to a recent Gallup poll, 54% of Americans hold a favorable view of the NRA, while 38% have an unfavorable view. Putting this in perspective, a more recent Gallup poll shows President Obama holds a 51% approval rating, while 43% disapprove.

    8. The NRA has 3 seperate organizations.

    The NRA has three separate bodies. The NRA of America is mainly concerned with promoting training, education, and safety. The NRA-ILA is the lobbying arm of the organization. And the NRA Foundation is the the charitable arm of the organization.

    9. Funding for the NRA might surprise you

    According to FactCheck.org, nearly half of the funding for the NRA comes from membership dues alone. Voluntary donations to the NRA, however, still account for a majority portion of the remaining funding. This includes voluntary donations made during gun purchases at the point of sale as well as programs like the "round-up" campaign, operated by the NRA-ILA and retailers, where consumers can round a purchase up to the nearest dollar for donation to support lobbying efforts. With that said, gun manufacturers do donate to the NRA as well. For example, Sturm, Ruger, and Co., ran the "Million Gun Challenge" in 2011, which directly ties gun sales to donations with the target being one million dollars.

    10. Current stance on gun Control

    The NRA's current stance on gun control is to enforce existing laws more aggressively. In 2008, in response to the Virgina Tech shooting, the NRA helped to pass the "NICS Improvement Act," which would provide increased funding and grants to states to report vital information to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS), such as mental health. The NICS is used for background checks of potential gun buyers. Unfortunately, the system has been woefully underfunded (receiving only 5.3% of the authorized funding) and reporting has been lackluster. In addition, the NRA has pointed out that those who lie on their background checks when purchasing firearms are for the most part not prosecuted. In response to this, Vice President Biden claimed that they "don't have the time" to prosecute such violations, which, by the way, carries a minimum 5 year federal sentence, if convicted under the Gun Control Act.