published Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NRA shuns its members, represents gun industry

The National Rifle Association is running scared.

So scared, in fact, that its leadership seems to have forgotten the group's original purpose of representing sportsmen and women. Instead, the NRA now seems to be fear-mongering to help raise the $300 million a year it takes in whipping up sentiment that every new shooting or liberal move will lead to gun bans.

Once upon a time, the group promoted warm and fuzzy father-family hunting and target practice. Now it promotes fear and hate, under the guise of a goal to protect the 2nd Amendment -- which, by the way, is not under threat.

But America is under threat, according to the hyperboles from NRA leader Wayne LaPierre.

LaPierre rallies fear and hate of Obama, Latinos, gangs, terrorists -- even the weather: "I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed officers in every single school in this nation."

Perhaps the real threat NRA perceives is one to its pocket. Membership dues don't spread as far as they used to.

Now gunmakers have become major sponsors of the NRA, contributing between $14.7 million and $38.9 million to an NRA-corporate-giving campaign since 2005, according to a report published last year by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit group that advocates greater gun control.

And those gunmakers have benefited. Sales of firearms and ammunition have grown 5.7 percent a year since 2007, to nearly $12 billion in 2012, according to IBIS World, a market research firm.

Despite the recession, gun sales have been growing so fast that domestic manufacturers haven't been able to keep up. Imports of guns have grown 3.6 percent a year in the last five years.

Increasingly in those years, NRA has thrown much of that money at both state legislators and congress -- not to follow the wishes of the group's constituency as much as to carry the water for NRA's newest and primary sponsors: Gun and ammunition makers.

In 2012, the NRA spent more $25 million to elect and re-elect -- or to target and defeat -- congressional lawmakers considering gun control legislation.

The group spent more than $13 million in a failed attempt to defeat President Obama.

Other NRA expenditures:

• About $6.7 million went to elect Republicans while $49,000 went to elect Democrats.

• Another $18 million was targeted to defeat Democrats.

• Nearly $235,000 was aimed at defeating gun-unfriendly Republicans.

In Tennessee, the NRA gave Sen. Bob Corker, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Diane Black and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, to name a few, according to Opensecrets.com

The group doesn't stop with Congress. It's busy throwing money at state legislators and candidates, too.

Just ask former Tennessee Rep. Debra Maggart, the former chair of the Republican caucus and a lifelong member of the NRA who dared to decline supporting a bill last year that would permit Tennesseans to keep guns inside locked cars.

"They made me an example," she said of the NRA when the group spent $155,000 to defeat her with ads that linked her to President Obama on gun control.

In recent weeks, Tennessee lawmakers approved guns in workplace parking lots -- even if employers forbid it. The normally business-friendly General Assembly turned a deaf ear to concerns of huge employers such as Volkswagen.

Last week, the NRA had Georgia lawmakers seeking to ease rules preventing some mentally ill people from getting licenses to carry firearms. The same bill may change Georgia law to allow people to carry guns in churches, bars and on college campuses.

What kind of sportsmanship advocacy is this?

Not even the majority of NRA members favor the no-compromise position of LaPierre who draws a hard line against any expansion of background checks for gun purchases.

A 2009 poll commissioned by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that 69 percent of NRA members would support requiring all sellers at gun shows to conduct background checks of prospective buyers, something not required now and firmly opposed by the NRA leadership.

After the Newtown school shootings, NRA membership support for background checks for all gun sales rose still higher. Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported a background check system for all gun sales, according to a poll released in January by Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Where's the disconnect?

Follow the money.

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BigRidgePatriot said...

This NRA (and NAGR) member has the same interests as the NRA and the gun industry. The clown writing this article does not know what he is writing about. Maybe (he) should focus his efforts on writing about the Brady campaign or some other anti 2nd Amendment organisation.

March 10, 2013 at 12:48 a.m.
conservative said...

BRP,

I confess, I didn't read past the caption, it told me he was spitting against the wind.

March 10, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

The Sportsman Channel says it’s deeply saddened by the death of one of its TV hosts who traveled the world in search of big game and shared his adventures on his program “A Rifleman’s Journal.”

I guess he needed more guns to protect himself.

March 10, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.
librul said...

It would be hilarious if it weren't so tragic.

The gun owners of America are being played by the NRA to pressure lawmakers to protect the gun manufacturers who stay hidden in the background - unmolested and unmentioned in the public debate.

The same thing happened when tobacco front groups played American smokers to pressure lawmakers to protect big tobacco companies who were able to stay in the background and unmentioned in the debate over the health effects of smoking.

The tobacco house of cards came crashing down, the Marlboro man died, Joe Chemo went up on billboards and cigarettes are now banned in most public places - by law.

Wonder when the gun manufacturer's house of cards will come crashing down - soon, I suspect.

March 10, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.
jesse said...

Having more gun law is like having more drug laws Or passing laws against sex to fight STD'S!!!

IN OTHER WORDS IT AIN"T GONNA WORK!!

March 10, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
conservative said...

Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Gifford has been found to have purchased a 45 pistol and a AR 15 as well as high capacity clips after testifying against the same.

Now they are trying to come up with a cover their hypocricy story.

March 10, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.
FreedomJournal said...

The Parable Of The Weapon of Mass Destruction (7 January 2013)

I fell and was called to a conversation with John. The children cried, screamed and hollered. The old folk wept and the demon possessed trigger man laughed as he had no tears.

One man found a time of insanity when he lost his job. He did not have to go to a pawn shop or gun store. He went home fetched his arsenal and tried to eliminate everyone at his former workplace that winked at him.

Guns are called weapons in the military but they must have some help to kill. A hammer strikes a nail but does the hammer build the house. I saw many unused tools rusting in decay in a tool box.

The guns the rifles the man O' war assault rifles rested not used and in need of a good cleaning in a gun rack. That shot-gun has never fired any buck shot by its own power. What power?

That trigger finger never really controls the weapon. A society sick in many ways especially Spiritual decay has a certain attitude. The young and old have a particular mind-set and heart failure.

Man, meanwhile lower than lower animals, kills for fun. The hunter rich and wealthy, cherished his trophy which was the head of big game. Mercy in the Lions Den. They roamed in Large Land Rovers all through the jungles of Africa.

The rape of “The Land of the Blacks” even included the elephant, the great cheetah and tiger land as some roam and wander all through the African Savanna, for ages at peace, until gun powder came.

But some stayed at home to stalk the deer whose antlers adorn many mantel-pieces. The corpses of innocent babes rotted in the fields, the jungle and the all along the mountain side.

The Plains Indians still cry as the great Bison the Buffalo would no longer roam as dead animals rotted in the sun, scalped of their hide the skin and fur that kept the Comanche warm during the great winter’s of the open Plains.

We see thus many killers of men, women, children, boys and little girls practice all day and night on a gun range outdoors and indoors well into midnight. The money barons the real gun-runners smiled as the weapon of mass destruction came not cheap.

Nor did the bullets they let fly. The world thus bears witness to a great obsession with killing tools. While some come to hoard guns for protection and others think that one day there will be a great Revolt over the economics of racism.

John however had some answers. Banning all things used unwisely is not really the answer as this will never come to daylight or midnight. However, seeing the heart Doctor who rendered His blood once and for all will fix any problem.

Peace and Sweet Paradise, Brother Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 10 January 2013 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

March 10, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Leaf said...

Yep, the current NRA is getting close to being a domestic terrorist organization.

March 11, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
timbo said...

leaf...only a commie like you would make a statement like that. Who in their right mind would believe anything Harry Austin says about guns?. He is my friend, right? Give me a break.

I am not a member of the NRA but I am joining today. I think it is clear where the American people are on the subject of guns. You liberals just keep on hallucinating.

March 11, 2013 at 3:12 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"only a commie like you would make a statement like that."

You have absolutely no clue how much your own inane rhetoric discredits you.

"Who in their right mind would believe anything Harry Austin says about guns?"

I would listen to the views of a toddler before I would seriously consider one word that you have ever typed.

"I think it is clear where the American people are on the subject of guns."

The American people are CLEARLY in favor of gun control, moron. The majority of Americans DO NOT side with the NRA on most issues.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/31/no_really_americans_support_gun_control/

"You liberals just keep on hallucinating."

No, you do. You're patently ignorant and misinformed. You espouse beliefs that are based on complete lies.

Try again, dumbass.

March 12, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Finally, I have to say, "Uncle!" The TFP was right in reducing the extent that it provides reader comment.

The posts are predominately submitted the same folks, and by the time a comment or two has been shared the debate has sunk to childish name calling and absence of the cordiality that should characterize free debate. It is difficult to avoid concluding that this is a result of an inability to present cogent arguments to support one's opinion.

March 12, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.
Easy123 said...

inquiringmind,

"It is difficult to avoid concluding that this is a result of an inability to present cogent arguments to support one's opinion."

I only "name-call" when people fit the description of the name. How would you approach the same people spouting the same lies and misinformation everyday while being told and shown over and over that the things they believe are, in fact, misinformed or based on lies?

There is no cordiality with people that are patently ignorant and believe proven lies. At some point, you have to call these folks on it.

March 12, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.
jesse said...

"Thus spake Zarathustra"! The "OVER MAN"!!lol.

March 12, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
tipper said...

This is only the second time this new year that I have read this comment site. Seems nothing much has changed. Here's my suggestion to those who wish to argue with or think they can change the minds or opinions of the conservative extremists--and I use the term "conservative" to be extemely kind--stop commenting!! If they have no one to fight with, they can argue among themselves with the dubious hope they will eventually get a life. And if you buy the TFP paper, your paying it enough already.

March 12, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
jesse said...

You might think about taking your own advice ,tipper!

March 12, 2013 at 5:33 p.m.
conservative said...

When you buy guns you support the gun industry.

Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Gifford has been found to have purchased a 45 pistol and a AR 15 as well as high capacity clips after testifying against the same.

March 13, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Tell the whole story, conservative.

He bought the guns to make a point. But you probably already knew that. You're just a liar.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/11/mark-kelly-assault-weapons-giffords-senate/1979633/

March 13, 2013 at 4:48 p.m.
joneses said...

It is not the NRA that has us law abiding gun owners concerned. It is this fool obastad's hate speech that is separating this country and his mentally ill liberal mind that has us concerned.

March 13, 2013 at 11:03 p.m.
joneses said...

Tipper,

You are just another piece of sh!t mentally challenged liberal and I am putting it lightly. Your foolish liberal extremist ideas do not work and they never have but you are so stupid and blind you cannot see this.

March 13, 2013 at 11:07 p.m.
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