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Update 12/21/2012: The NRA stood firm!
Yesterday the NRA-ILA broke their silence on Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, saying the following (emphasis added):
[blockquote]The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters â€“ and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.
Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.
The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.
The NRA is planning to hold a major news conference in the Washington, DC area on Friday, December 21. [/blockquote]
I don’t like the sound of this, and I’m afraid that the NRA is planning on selling us out to try and appease the politicians who are hell bent on gun control.
Why This Matters
Here’s why this matters – votes. Gun control legislation, in the form of an “Assault Weapons” Ban (AWB), will be introduced in just a few weeks. The Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, will vote for it, and it goes without saying that the President will sign it. The only thing standing in the way is the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Republicans. Republicans that I have no confidence in.
The NRA, whether you love them, hate them, or couldn’t care less, have significant lobbying power in Washington. Politicians who want gun control have stayed away from the issue because they are afraid of the voting power of NRA members, and rightfully so. The NRA can use this power to warn the members of the House to vote down this renewed AWB.
But if the NRA caves on Friday, or even appears appeasing and/or weak, it will signal the House of Representatives that they are free to pass gun control legislation.
What You Can Do
Contact the NRA in and let them know that we will not stand for gun control. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. If you’re a blogger, re-post, post your own, etc. Get the word out to as many people as possible.
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