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News Article: How the gun-law backlash made the NRA stronger

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Vantage, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Vantage

    Vantage Pacific Standard Time Active Member

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    How the gun-law backlash made the NRA stronger - The Week

    How the gun-law backlash made the NRA stronger

    As an assault weapons ban fizzles, the NRA is enjoying some of its best fundraising ever

    Proponents of tougher gun laws felt that momentum was finally on their side, after a string of horrific mass shootings last year propelled the issue back to national prominence.

    Yet months later, gun legislation has been watered down due to a lack of support in Congress. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association, once thought to be on the ropes, has emerged stronger than ever.

    The NRA posted its biggest fundraising month in over a decade in February, raking in almost $1.6 million dollars, according to Politico and Federal Election Commission filings. It's the gun lobby's biggest haul since October 2000, when the organization raised a ton thanks to George W. Bush's first presidential campaign.

    The February haul comes on the heels of a stellar January for the NRA, when the organization pulled in $1.1 million. By comparison, the NRA raised $14.3 million in all of 2011 and 2012 combined.

    The news comes days after Senate Democrats announced they were dumping a proposed assault weapons ban from pending gun legislation because they lacked the votes to break a GOP filibuster. It was a demoralizing defeat for a key Democratic proposal that at one point appeared to be gaining support from gun-friendly lawmakers.

    A series of high-profile shootings last year, capped by the Sandy Hook massacre, sparked widespread outrage and renewed calls for tighter gun laws. After Sandy Hook in particular, which left 26 dead, most of them children, the NRA faced its most intense criticism. The media pilloried the group's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, as an out-of-touch "gun nut" who was the "craziest man on Earth," and it seemed for a time like change was inevitable.

    "Is the Mighty NRA Beginning to Topple?" a Forbes headline asked in December.

    But while calls for tougher gun laws grew louder, so too did the NRA's opposition. The organization released a number of no-holds-barred ads, with one calling the president an "elitist hypocrite." To back that up, the NRA also stepped up its fundraising pitch, warning members that Obama and congressional Democrats were going to curtail their right to bear arms.

    There are signs the NRA's efforts have paid off. In addition to the massive fundraising haul, the assault weapons ban the group vehemently opposed is toast. And a CNN poll released this week found that support for major new gun laws — which a clear majority of Americans supported in the immediate aftermath of Sandy Hook — had fallen to a 43 percent, mostly due to firmer opposition from older, rural Americans.

    "They can call me crazy, or anything else they want, but the NRA's nearly five million members, and America's 100 million gun owners, will not back down, not ever," LaPierre said in a speech to CPAC last week.

    If that sounds like a familiar story, that's because it is. It's the same pattern that has played out following past tragic shootings, with the NRA time and again effectively raising millions and leading a successful drive to thwart new gun bills.

    A review of annual NRA fundraising totals compiled by OpenSecrets.org shows, perhaps unsurprisingly, that an intensification of the gun law debate has corresponded with a spike in NRA donations. Donations rose in 1994 when Congress debated an assault weapons ban, but then fell back to normal levels for the next half decade. When the Columbine shooting and presidential election returned gun laws to the forefront of political discourse in 2000, donations skyrocketed to $3.1 million from $2 million the year before.
     
  2. Glock Jock

    Glock Jock Wilsonville , OR Well-Known Member

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    The entire pro-gun group in America is stronger because of Obumbles big mouth and the rest of the usual suspects. I have never been this strong willed on the subject in the almost 30 years I've been shooting, and that is saying a lot.
     
  3. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    The constrained vision (love) for liberty is much stronger than the unconstrained vision (hate) for it/firearms........
     
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  4. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    I have never been an NRA member in my 50years shooting, but I am sooo outraged at NObama's end game to disarm Americans and building a new army for IN HOUSE WORK ....I donated a few times

    Id like to see them Impeach the Fuehrer & his SS
     
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  5. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Where do they get that $h..! The NRA was at 4 million members around the first of the year and now is close to 5 million.

    Deen
    NRA Life Benefactor Member / Recruiter
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    Second Amendment Foundation Member
     
  6. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

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    The Brady Bunch have been whistling in the dark for 10 years now, pretending that they are something other than hopelessly out of touch with all but a segment of urban america. I am hoping this is among the final gasps of these cretins. The facts just don't support any conceivable form of gun control in this country on a purely pragmatic level, forget rights. It just wouldn't do much of anything.

    Unless they plan on abandoning the 4th & 5th amendments along with the 2nd and instituting house-to-house searches and confiscations of ALL guns, more gun laws are going to have zero practical effect. That's obvious on it's face for anyone who understands the numbers.

    There's a reason the antis have to lie, distort and mislead to make their case. -They have bupkis for rational arguments.
     
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  7. tiggers97

    tiggers97 United States Well-Known Member

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    I'm also a new NRA member (as well as a couple of other organizations) and keep plugging away on various media forums and facebook groups to support the 2A. Trying to throw my 2-grains of sand into hte 50-lb bag that will hopefully squash the bad parts of these gun-control bills.
     
  8. DireWolf

    DireWolf Oregon Active Member

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    Excellent example on why the NRA loves to feed the hysteria - not to protect freedoms, but to increase membership.
     
  9. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    bubblegum all you want but, in regards to guns, the bottom line is the NRA makes more noise to defend your rights & they are a political faction that at least accomplishes more than any other group Ive seen

    weve all been watching the show intently and its the NRA that is most vested in the fight as compared to any other gun group.
    each to their own but thats my opinion
     
  10. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Uh... if you'll notice it's NOT the NRA doing this, it's the government, the lying news media and their lackies!