Is The NRA the Premiere Voice for Gun Owners Once Again?
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Walk into any gun shop in the country and start talking about the NRA.
You will likely get mixed reactions. Some gun owners say that the NRA is a great advocate for Second Amendment rights. Some will say the NRA caves too easily and is compromising our rights away. Some will say they don’t like a lot of things the NRA does but support them because they’re the only viable game in town.
There is no question the NRA certainly “caved” on some issues in the past.
When some lawmakers began calling for new gun legislation in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the NRA was strangely silent for several days. Many gun owners speculated the NRA was going to “cave” or “compromise” with anti gun politicians.
When the NRA finally entered the debate they took a hardline stance against any new gun legislation, but many were still concerned about an NRA compromise.
Not only did the NRA not compromise, even on background checks, which many expected had a good chance of passing when first discussed back in January, they actually took an offensive stance, launching a series of pro gun viral videos under their “Stand and Fight” campaign. The NRA also recruited new, young commentators for the NRA News organization, including noted Youtube personality Colion Noir.
According to a recent article on POLITICO the NRA played hardball in Congress:
When the Senate voted down a bipartisan bill to expand background checks Wednesday, it was a stark reminder that big money groups are still no match for the NRA’s ability to get what it wants by playing retail politics — or delivering payback.
“They knew the key targets, got the right people to talk to them… and the reality is no matter how much [President Barack] Obama said they lied, it’s their political power,” said a lobbyist familiar with their effort.
“The power of the [NRA] scorecard is still huge,” this lobbyist added. “Some people are going to have trouble getting reelected because of what they did.”
Obama himself acknowledged the NRA’s power in an emotional, sometimes angry, speech following the Senate vote.
So what do you think? Did the NRA represent gun owners effectively in the recent Senate votes? Have they redeemed themselves among those of you who felt they compromised in the past?