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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Myth of the NRA's Political Clout

Posted by on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

If the NRA does not have serious economic and political clout...

...then we can better understand the significance it places on passing "open carry" laws. The politics of the NRA comes down to a man or woman pointing a gun at you.


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I totally support this type of information being pushed far and wide.

I do wonder though, were there any opponents between #1 and #2 or even between #2 and #3 that were successful with NRA backing. There are some big gaps in there. Sure they had some high profile defeats (Obama) but that doesn't mean they can't make a case that right wing candidates need their money like oxygen.
Posted by jnonymous on July 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM · Report this
Call me Scott 2
Gun nuts losing money . . . on the one hand, good news! On the other, desperate people (with guns) do desperate things.
Posted by Call me Scott on July 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
@2 they were already going to do that anyway - Gun nuts are ... Nuts.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Congress wasn't able to pass any gun reform laws after the Sandy Hook massacre so I cannot say that the NRA has no political clout.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on July 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Wow, Charles, it's not even noon yet and you've already started the week with two anti-gun posts, both of which are remarkably irrelevant drivel.

It's become clear that your gun fetish is every bit as overwhelming as Goldy's. You seem to spend more time thinking about guns than any 'gun nut' I know.

Perhaps you should just stick with racist grocery bags and Amanda Knox.
Posted by CPN on July 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Got to keep that morale up by posting self-reassuring agitprop. How else will you lefties survive the asskicking you are going to receive in November?
Posted by Annatar on July 28, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
blip 7
Note that these are all politicians, mostly incumbents, who are always a challenge to unseat. The NRA still carries clout when it comes to policy, like widely supported universal background check bill that went down in flames a year or 2 ago.

@5, What an insightful contribution to the dialog, as always.
Posted by blip on July 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this

What is there to 'contribute' to a stale non-story from 2012?

Once again, when Charles has nothing to say about guns, he pulls something out of his ass. What exactly was his contribution here?
Posted by CPN on July 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM · Report this
Well, @8 he certainly got your panties twisted - enough to kvetch about the "irrelevance" of his post in TWO separate comments - so at least give him credit for providing you an opportunity to perform some sort of ersatz civic duty today in lieu of something more concretely constructive.
Posted by COMTE on July 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM · Report this
blip 10
@8, When you lash out at the author with personal insults it doesn’t exactly seem like it’s a stale non-story to you.
Posted by blip on July 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM · Report this
@8, 9

My panties aren't in any sort of twist. I merely find it comical that, in the absence of actual news, Charles' irrational hatred of guns causes him to regularly recycle stories that are years old.

I figure that in order for a story to be newsworthy it should be, you know... new.

Regarding personal insults, I'm not sure where I insulted him. He did, in fact, recently write a story a about grocery bag racism. He does have an obsession with Amanda Knox and he did pull the above gun story out of his ass... from two years ago.
Posted by CPN on July 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM · Report this
This is extremely stupid. You evaluate an interest group's effectiveness not by their ability to influence elections, but to influence policy. NRA campaign spending's primary effect is too intimidate other legislators who believe, sometimes accurately, that they might be harmed by future NRA spending. Evaluating the NRA by their ability to influence the policy process, they're incredibly effective.
Posted by david jw on July 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Charles holds two incompatible concepts in his head.
a. The NRA has overwhelming influence.
b. The NRA has almost no influence.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on July 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM · Report this

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