“As NRA Hides From Public After Newtown, ALEC Ties Show Extensive Lob”


Published on Dec 18, 2012

“DemocracyNow.org – Since Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 27 dead — 20 children and seven adults — the National Rifle Association has been silent. The powerful lobbying organization has long pressured lawmakers to maintain easy access to firearms in the United States, prompting many to say the NRA is standing in the way of reform. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NRA has spent more than $2.2 million lobbying Congress this year alone. By comparison, the gun control lobby spent just $180,000. We’re joined by Lisa Graves, who has extensively tracked how the NRA’s power and wealth has long thwarted gun control proposals. Graves documents how one of the key avenues used to exert its influence is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive group helps corporate America propose and draft legislation for states across the country. Graves formerly served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Clinton administration‘s Justice Department, where she handled national gun policy.”

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“NRA Back In Bed With ALEC”


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By Matt Gertz

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) may have eliminated the task force responsible for doing the National Rifle Association‘s bidding, but that hasn’t stopped the coordination between the right-wing groups. In the latest example of their friendly cooperation, the NRA plans to hold a trap shoot in conjunction with ALEC’s annual meeting later this month.

In a missive to state legislators published by the Center on Media and Democracy, which researches ALEC, NRA director of state and local affairs Charles H. Cunningham invites state legislators to attend the “annual shoot,” promising that it “will prove to be just as fun as in years past.” According to CMD: “For the past several years, on the Saturday of ALEC’s annual meeting, the NRA has regularly hosted an outing for ALEC legislators and lobbyists to go shooting together — with complimentary guns and ammo plus plenty of food and drink (this time it is a barbeque).”

In April, as corporate sponsors fled their organization in the face of pressure from liberal activists angry with the group’s support of “Kill at Will” self-defense laws and voter ID bills, ALEC announced that they were disbanding their Elections and Public Safety Task Force, which worked on those issues. At the time, that task force’s chair told Media Matters that such issues were no longer a priority for ALEC.

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NOTICE HOW QUIET THE NRA IS

IN MASS GUN DEATHS

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“Why Joe Biden needs the NRA”


THE WASHINGTON POST – THE FIX

The news that Vice President Joe Biden would huddle with executives from the National Rifle Association on Thursday came as unwelcome news to many gun control advocates who view the NRA as an organization to be ignored, not invited in.

But, the meeting is smart politics by Biden — and the White House more broadly. It’s a recognition that, to pass something on guns through Congress, they need the NRA either on board or not totally in opposition to the proposal.

Why? Like them or hate them — and there are lots of people who feel both ways — the NRA has proven to be among the best-funded and most effective groups when it comes to swaying the sentiments of members of Congress.

And while groups like Mayors Against illegal Guns and the newly-formed Americans for Responsible Solutions are being built to match (or at least approximate) the political power of the NRA, neither group is close to there yet — and likely won’t be for some time, if ever.

Biden, as he has shown both in cutting the debt ceiling deal of 2011 and the fiscal cliff compromise of 2012, understands how legislation makes and breaks in Congress, and he gets that, at least for now, the NRA is an unchallenged force on Capitol Hill when it comes to gun issues.

And remember that while the broad sentiment about what gun violence says about our society has shifted since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last month, public opinion on specific proposals has changed far less.  FULL ARTICLE

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“Why Joe Biden needs the NRA”


THE WASHINGTON POST – THE FIX

The news that Vice President Joe Biden would huddle with executives from the National Rifle Association on Thursday came as unwelcome news to many gun control advocates who view the NRA as an organization to be ignored, not invited in.

But, the meeting is smart politics by Biden — and the White House more broadly. It’s a recognition that, to pass something on guns through Congress, they need the NRA either on board or not totally in opposition to the proposal.

Why? Like them or hate them — and there are lots of people who feel both ways — the NRA has proven to be among the best-funded and most effective groups when it comes to swaying the sentiments of members of Congress.

And while groups like Mayors Against illegal Guns and the newly-formed Americans for Responsible Solutions are being built to match (or at least approximate) the political power of the NRA, neither group is close to there yet — and likely won’t be for some time, if ever.

Biden, as he has shown both in cutting the debt ceiling deal of 2011 and the fiscal cliff compromise of 2012, understands how legislation makes and breaks in Congress, and he gets that, at least for now, the NRA is an unchallenged force on Capitol Hill when it comes to gun issues.

And remember that while the broad sentiment about what gun violence says about our society has shifted since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last month, public opinion on specific proposals has changed far less.  FULL ARTICLE

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“Santa Clause is Coming to Town Parody (Gunning You Down)”


Them:  “A gun is a tool.”

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Me: An assault weapon is a machine!

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“NRA: Register Mentally Ill, Arm Cops At All Schools”


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“President Obama to push assault weapons ban in second term”


THE HILL

By Justin Sink

President Obama will “actively support” efforts by Democrats to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons next year, the White House announced on Tuesday.

Press secretary Jay Carney said the president would back Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) when she introduces legislation at the opening of the next Congress to ban certain assault weapons in the United States.

Carney said the president would also support other gun-control efforts, including legislation to close the so-called “gun show” loophole and prevent

English: Jay Carney, American journalist

English: Jay Carney, American journalist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips.

The president has reached out to lawmakers who have expressed a new willingness to consider gun restrictions in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 27 people, including 20 children. Carney said Obama has been “heartened” by the willingness to consider such measures from Democrats who have been strong supporters of gun rights.

Obama spoke on Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a long-time member of the National Rifle Association who this week said “everything should be on the table” to address gun violence.  FULL  ARTICLE

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“Shoot First, Ask Questions Later…by martymankins.”


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MITT ROMNEY & CO. CLAIM THAT “THEY BUILT IT”. IF TRUE, THEY ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR…


  • High unemployment due to Congress‘ artificial freeze on the President’s efforts at job creation.
  • Refusal to pass the Americans Jobs Act which would create millions of jobs.
  • Loss of America‘s “AAA” credit rating through threatening to shut down the government  before compromising with Democrats.
  • Refusal to pass legislation to fund the President’s infrastructure agenda: Many, many jobs would be created!
  • Refusal to pass the “Dream Act.”
  • Refusal to say, “No” to the National Rifle Association (NRA).
  • Refusal to release a fair amount of Federal Tax Returns.
  • Excessive use of flip-flops and outright lies as legitimate political tactics.
  • Portrayal of the President as a child(Ann Romney) and calling him a liar during the State of the Union.
  • Making jokes about the President having ridiculous, supernatural powers.

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“McCain Shows NRA Strong Pro-Gun Side”


By Michael D. Shear

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 17, 2008

LOUISVILLE, May 16 — Sen. John McCain, once derided as one of the “premier flag-carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment” by the National Rifle Association, enthusiastically embraced the group’s pro-gun agenda at its annual convention here Friday.

In front of a crowd of about 6,000 people who gave him two standing ovations, McCain also mocked Democratic Sen. Barack Obama as a liberal, anti-gun politician and made a direct appeal to the “bitter” voters Obama said were clinging to their “guns or religion” to soothe concerns about their economic struggles.

“The Second Amendment isn’t some archaic custom that matters only to rural Americans who find solace in firearms out of frustration with their economic circumstances,” McCain said…

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Sen. John McCain (R-CT) appears regularly on TV criticising President Obama for not involving the United States in the Civil War in Syria. McCain, driven by his hawkish nature, never tells us why we should insert ourselves in a second Muslim country and borrow even more money from China to fight wars that do nothing the improve our economy or create jobs at home. Sen. McCain is a Republican. is party has been united as one in fighting efforts of the President to create jobs, improve our sluggish economy.  For all the good that McCain may be doing, he has not used his power and influence in Congress to get Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who is up for re-election in Kentucky) to end the Republican war to embarrass and limit the success of our first black president. Can there be another motivation than pure racism?  Sen. McCain tacitly approves of using any tactic to win the Whitehouse for his party and cement complete control of our government by the “TOP 1%”, the wealthy, the so-called job creators…the 17 rich white men funding SuperPacs to install a “clown president” in the Whitehouse.

THE COMMANDER OF THE WAR O BARACK OBAMA SPEAKS

DOWN WITH THE NRA!

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DOWN WITH MITCH McCONNELL!

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TAKE A 2ND LOOK AT JOHN McCAIN!