Category: NRA

Violence Policy Center: NRA Show Shows NRA As Industry Shill

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Email blast from the Violence Policy Center re: the NRA’s upcoming Annual Meeting (TTAG will be there):

Dear VPC Supporter,

Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent, and the rest of the NRA leadership will be in Indianapolis later this month for the NRA’s annual meeting which begins on April 25. We don’t expect they will mention the fact that Indianapolis has a murder rate higher than Chicago’s and that most of those killings are committed with guns. And we don’t expect them to stop opposing even the most limited policy changes that would help stop the gun violence epidemic. We do expect, however, that gun industry representatives will be there in force to promote “spectacular displays of firearms … from every major firearm company in the country.” . . .

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You Wish Your “Grassroots” Organization Was as Big…

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On Saturday night I was a guest of TTAG and Dan Zimmerman at a local event. His wife, my wife and other like-minded folk attended a Friends of the NRA dinner where hundreds of gun nuts get together and place bids on donated items. One of my clients, Mid America Arms, was in attendance offering their FFL services to make sure winners of firearms passed the appropriate background checks before taking possession of their rifles, pistols and shotguns . . .

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STL Friends of the NRA Rakes it In

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Last night in suburban St. Louis, Dirk Diggler, Tim McNabb and I – along with wives and assorted friends – attended the Gateway Friends of the NRA dinner. The whole thing came off without a hitch thanks to a lot of hard work by the organizers including the NRA’s Travis Scott. The good news: Travis told me that with well over 300 there, attendance was up by about 100 from last year. They were still collecting payments when we left, but you’d have to think that night’s haul was a good one. The bad news: Dirk and his friend Paul were the only black faces in the room, so there’s still lots work to do and room to broaden the org’s appeal. The best news: Along with some cheap cigars and a nice Spyderco knife sharpener, I managed to walk away with one of the most valuable prizes offered . . .

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Dear Wayne – Why I’m Not Joining the NRA

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Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Dear Mr. LaPierre,

First and foremost I would like to thank you, the NRA and its members for defending our Nations Second Amendment rights.  I also thank you for sending me an offer to join the NRA . . .

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Non-Incendiary Image of the Day: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Supports Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General Edition

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“The NRA has launched a campaign against President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Why?” New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) asks, rhetorically. “Because he believes gun violence is a public health problem.” Well yes, there is that. The National Rifle Association knows that gun control advocates are trying to frame gun rights as a public health concern to open a new front in their relentless, underhanded campaign to infringe upon Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep bear arms. More than that, the Doctors for Obama founder . . .

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And Gun Control Advocates Say WE’RE Nuts . . .

Charleston, WV Mayor Danny Jones must be a fan of the Talking Heads. Specifically, the song Crosseyed and Painlesswherein the singer complains that “facts don’t do what I want them to.” In this soon-to-be-famous clip, Jones finds himself teetering on edge of the anti-gun rhetorical abyss. He flails about like a cartoon character trying to prevent the inevitable plunge off the proverbial cliff. While I’m no fan of any bill that restricts Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the Mountain State’s new gun law is almost worth it – just to see Jones come a cropper in this lopsided “debate.” Almost. But not quite.

Michael Bloomberg: I Can Outspend the NRA

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You remember Katie Couric, right? She’s the failed nightly news anchor and failed daytime talkshow host who’s fallen out the bottom of the media machine and now has a “show” on yahoo.com. Her most recent guest is the diminutive former mayor of New York, bilious billionaire Michael Bloomberg. And as marketwatch.com is reporting, he’s flaunting his prodigious cash pile. “’I will support individual senators and congressmen that vote to make my kids safer and your kids safer.’ ‘You think you can really outspend the NRA and the gun manufacturers?’ Couric asked. ‘Oh sure,’ Bloomberg responded.” But watch your phraseology – he doesn’t want to call what he’s after “gun control.” Yes, Bloomy’s billions are more than the NRA’s millions. And in other breaking news, the sun rose in the east this morning and is scheduled, against all odds, to set in the west. Carry on.