I believe that the NRA can be defeated. But in order to accomplish such a lofty goal, we have to define what it really is. It is nothing more than a despicable lobby, with billions of dollars behind it.
What it is not, is what it was in the very beginning, an advocate for hunters and gun-sport enthusiasts.
The horrible events in Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown, actually increased gun sales, thanks to a fear and smear campaign by the NRA. They created a non-existing fear that gun owner’s precious toys were going to be taken away from them. Guns, especially assault rifles, and the high-output clips that go with them, were flying off of the shelves. Gun manufacturers couldn’t keep up with the demand. They even argued that universal background checks wouldn’t help. Well, they sure wouldn’t hurt.
The NRA is now going to battle with states and state officials who were prominent in the passage of gun control laws. And this is where to stop their fascist-like ploys.
They’re beginning with Colorado. They are focusing their attention on Colorado State Senate President John Morse. It was through Senator Morse’s efforts that earlier this year, the Colorado State legislature passed a bill requiring universal background checks, and limited clips to fifteen rounds.
Morse told CNN recently that he knew that he would be targeted by the NRA.
“It was a grassroots effort for a little while, but when that didn’t take at all, it was clear they were getting money from outside, and I wasn’t the least bit surprised the NRA was behind it,” said Morse.
The NRA is using a direct mail campaign to advance a petition to recall Morse and force a ‘special election’.
Writes the NRA: “State Senator Morse led the charge to pass extreme and onerous anti-gun state legislation in Denver earlier this year. Responsible gun owners and sportsmen will be forever burdened by his misguided leadership in the Colorado Senate.”
Morse is quick to point out that Colorado has been the victim of some of the worst gun violence in the United States, both at Columbine High School, and at the Aurora movie theater.
“We addressed [tighter gun regulations] this session, but this is what we get for that response,” said Morse.
The NRA mailer directs recipients to the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, which informs them how to sign the petition. They must obtain 7,178 signatures by June 3rd.
This is how the NRA can lose. If their efforts fail on the state level, America will see support grow for more stringent gun control. Forcing them and their sponsors, the gun sellers and manufacturers, to spend millions of dollars on losing campaigns may force them to join with every day citizens and place public safety in a priority position, while still protecting gun ownership.
When lobbies run governments, the citizens of that country lose their rights and freedoms. When money trumps safety and common sense, a nation lives in fear, and a violent culture erupts.
By the way, Mr. President, one of your campaign promises was to get “K” street out of the House and Senate. Have you forgotten? Or have you bought into our corrupt form of government as well?
The Guardian Express