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Wed Jul 23, 2014, 04:53 PM

 

How to Beat the NRA In 7 (Not-So-Easy) Steps

The NRA remains one of the most formidable forces in American political life. But it is not bulletproof. Since the massacres in Aurora and Newtown, states from New York and Maryland to Colorado and California have made modest progress against the gun lobby, passing a raft of new laws aimed at reducing gun violence. There are sharp lessons to be learned from these victories, and even more important ones to be gleaned from the playbook of the NRA itself. The seven strategies below can empower gun-control advocates to stop bemoaning their helplessness, and start carrying the day.

1. Commit to a Generation-Long Battle

The NRA is engaged in a long war. Americans committed to combating gun violence must be also.

By and large, the NRA doesn't win with flashy, high profile political fights. The gun lobby wins like the Baltimore Ravens of the Ray Lewis era, marrying competent offensive execution to a punishing defense that keeps opponents out of the red zone.

This approach has enabled the NRA to grind out national victories, state by state, often without the need for federal legislation. Consider concealed-carry law. There's no national standard. But thanks to the NRA's relentless efforts, Illinois last year became the 50th state to pass legislation allowing its residents to pack heat. Likewise, the radical redefinition of self-defense embodied in "stand your ground," has quietly been made law in more than two dozen states.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-to-beat-the-nra-in-7-not-so-easy-steps-20140714

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Tue Jul 29, 2014, 10:24 AM

1. wish it were that easy

I wish it were that easy; the difficulty is largely rightwing cretinism, which is eager to sop up gun culture myths, & gullible to believe half truths & tacit innuendo & baseless propaganda.
.. rightwing cretinism can be a dangerous force, when their irresponsible actions & wacky beliefs are conveyed into a living policy affecting others, especially on a large scale. Recall GW Bush for the proof in the pudding.

In the political arena as well; consider texan Issa, michelle bachman, mitch mcconnel, sarah palin, dick cheney & GWB as well as hundreds of others, they draw much of their support appealing to rightwing cretinistic tenets.
Due the political two party system, more moderate republicans are often end played into supporting rightwing cretinism, despite reasonable reservations.

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Sat Sep 5, 2015, 09:38 PM

2. Kick

 

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