1. Americans Are Divided On the Issue of Guns -- According to a Pew Research poll conducted after Newtown, 42 percent of Americans strongly believe gun control is more important than gun rights. However, about 37 percent strongly believe gun rights are more important than gun control. A significant number of American citizens reject even the most basic limitations on gun rights. And such citizens vote for candidates based on this strongly-held issue. Citizens supporting gun control, however, don't let that issue determine how they choose their representatives.After reading the whole thing, send the NRA what you can afford and email your federal and state legislators! That's what I'm doing tomorrow.
2. Gun Advocacy Groups are Well-Funded -- Because many Americans are passionate about gun rights, groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) have the resources for a prolonged fight. The NRA's annual budget is approximately $300 million and it has about four million members. It's one of the largest, and most powerful, advocacy groups in America. For example, the NRA outspends gun control advocacy groups, in lobbying expenses, by 10 to 1. Many NRA members disagree with the NRA's position on gun control, but they all receive its mailings -- giving the NRA a massive platform to highlight (positively or negatively) any politician (or issue) it targets. As a consequence, few politicians are willing to risk the NRA's ire by supporting gun control legislation.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
More Good News
This is from Steven Strauss at the Huffington Post. HuPo is, of course, a blood enemy, a conveniently-collected-in-one-place group of swine who would feed their collective grandmothers into wood chipper to advance the cause of civilian disarmament one millimeter along the road to totalitarianism. That's what makes this article interesting. 10 Reasons Strict Gun Control Will Be Difficult in America...here are the first 2: