Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:40 AM
bigtree (59,339 posts)
Gibbs: "If the NRA's got a list, then Obama for America has a bigger list."
from the Atlantic Wire: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/01/nra-takes-parents-lobby-new-ad-goes-after-obamas-daughters/61055/
The National Rifle Association has released an attack ad calling President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed protection of his daughters but not believing that putting an armed guard in every public school in America is the only way to stop school shootings. "Are the presidentís kids more important than yours?" the ad asks. The ad has succeeded in that it is getting a lot of attention, and failed in that it is scaring the straights. Specifically, a core interest group in American politics: parents.
At National Journal, Ron Fournier asks if the NRA has gone too far, writing that the ad "is indisputably misleading, and is arguably a dangerous appeal to the base instincts of gun-rights activists." On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough asked, "Whatís wrong with these people?" His co-host Mika Brzezinski replied, "They are out of step, out of the mainstream, totally out of sync with whatís going on in our society, and quite frankly after seeing that, I think some of the people who run that thing are sick." Real Clear Politics contributor and Bush family cousin John Ellis tweeted, "The iron-clad rule is you leave the kids out of it. No longer an iron-clad rule. Politics just keeps getting worse."
The NRA's opponents marveled at the group's ad. "You have to wonder if they've got competent management," a senior administration official told National Journal. Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC, "I mean, it is disgusting on many levels... Itís also just stupid... This reminds me of an ad that somebody made about 2:00 in the morning after one too many drinks, and no one stopped it in the morning."
If the ad is a sign the gun control debate is entering a new phase in which we'll see more campaign-style tactics, Gibbs seemed to welcome it. "The president has the most exciting campaign apparatus ever built. It's time to turn that loose," Gibbs said. He speculated that the NRA had been telling members of Congress exactly how many new people had joined the NRA in their districts since the Newtown shooting. But Gibb's said Obama has more names: "If the NRA has a list, then Obama for America has a bigger list."
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Gibbs: "If the NRA's got a list, then Obama for America has a bigger list." (Original post)
|Thirties Child||Jan 2013||#3|
Response to bigtree (Original post)
Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:58 AM
Thirties Child (214 posts)
3. The NRA numbers are skewed
Because my husband had to join the NRA in order to join a gun club for target shooting, I wonder just how many of the NRA members follow the NRA party line. If most gun clubs have the same demands, they may have the numbers but not the loyalty. This was ten years ago in the far reaches of Metro Atlanta.
Off-topic. I've been a member of DU since 2004, lost my membership during a move and e-mail change, had to rejoin. Can anyone help me regain my original membership. I didn't post much, still in the 900s, but was a faithful, contributing member.
Response to Thirties Child (Reply #3)
Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:03 AM
Lex (34,096 posts)
5. My dad had to join NRA to get access
to a local shooting range. He likes to target shoot once in a while. He definitely wants some reasonable gun control in place and he doesn't toe the NRA line.
Response to Thirties Child (Reply #3)
Wed Jan 16, 2013, 04:45 PM
frylock (28,716 posts)
6. the nra is also currently offering deep deep discounts..
someone posted that a lifetime membership that went for $1000 now costs $300. I also have to wonder how many existing members ran out and bought memberships for friends and family immediately after Sandy Hook just to stick it to libs.