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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 12:52 AM

 

Think the NRA is powerful? Bullshit.!

More than 121 million people voted in the 2012 election. NRA has between 3 and 4 million members. They could swing an election in a small, rural district but there is no reason for a president to kowtow to them.

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Reply Think the NRA is powerful? Bullshit.! (Original post)
jerseyjack Dec 2012 OP
Hoyt Dec 2012 #1
frylock Dec 2012 #2
Skittles Dec 2012 #3
jimmy the one Dec 2012 #4
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #5

Response to jerseyjack (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:07 AM

1. Sadly, the NRA represents a lot of gun cultists, millions that aren't members.

And folks like Grover Norquist are on the NRA Board. They are twisting/squeezing right wing Congress folks from a lot of directions.

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Response to jerseyjack (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:37 AM

2. money is power..

and the arms industry funnels millions to the NRA to use for extorting cowardly legislators.

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Response to frylock (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 02:41 AM

3. CORRECT

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Response to jerseyjack (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:43 AM

4. nra, just another small voting bloc which would vote repub anyway

More than 121 million people voted in the 2012 election. NRA has between 3 and 4 million members. They could swing an election in a small, rural district but there is no reason for a president to kowtow to them.

Agree; there are estimated 80 to 100 million gun owners in the USA, which means that approx 95% of gun owners do NOT belong to the national rifle association, or, 4 million nra gun owners, approx 90 million gun owners who do not belong. To claim the nra represents all or even most gun owners is a fraud.
(It's also inaptly named, it's not a national group but a special interest, it's not a rifle club, tho many would argue it does consist of asso's, upper mgmt esp.)

Even in their very own elections, nra members, despite all their bravado about voting, largely fail to vote. Jack Anderson's fine book/expose' 'Inside the NRA, Armed & Dangerous' reported that only about 4 or 5% of nra members vote in their very own elections (perhaps why lapierre vice president for life keeps getting reelected).

Jersey Jack is spot on about the nra's clout, it's bull crap, a myth, a couple pages lifted from their 2nd Amendment Mythology Bible; it's what wayne lapierre WANTS people to believe, that gun owners swing elections to pro gun candidates, they shout it from the rooftops when their guy is elected but clam up when they don't.
The fact is that the same could be said, whether true or not, about voting blocs of pro lifers, choicers, latin americans, blacks & other minorities, union workers, non union workers, independents, you get my drift.
.. the nra doesn't reveal what percentage of it's members are repubs & dems, for the obvious reason that money is money from a democrat too. I'd peg it at around 80 - 90% republicans, the rest indies & dems. First time members have a high turnaround after they realize nra wants $35 per year forever, and then many realize what charlatans they are & realize again they've been duped into supporting a radical rightwing extremist cause.

The 2nd Amendment Mythology has many many chapters, wayne's propaganda that elections are swung by nra members, is just in one of them.
MORE GUNS MORE LIES

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Response to jimmy the one (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:40 AM

5. The NRA increases their perceived clout by

supporting winners. They won't support a Democrat who is an NRA member and has a better record than a Republican who is also an NRA member in an election.

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