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How NRA's True Believers Converted a Marksmanship Group Into a Mighty Gun Lobby

Society & Culture  (tags: NRA, politics, ethics, culture, society, safety, sadness, death, dishonesty )

- 1987 days ago -
In gun lore it's known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.

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Kit B (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:08 am

The NRA is a lobby for the gun manufacturers and not for sportsman. I don't know about all BSA units but, when my son had to take his gun lessons to earn this badge he already knew how to handle a gun and the NRA was no where near the area. These are Dad's who are far more concerned about these young men learning safety issues. I don't know why people block out the obvious transparency of just what the NRA and other gun lobby groups actually represent, and still force themselves to swallow their well honed message of pure propaganda.

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:33 am
Rue the day this organization became the way it is - one of the most powerful lobbying groups! It makes me sick to know that people have been running out to by guns and that the NRA thinks they could have five million members soon!!!
Thanks for sharing this Carrie.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:17 pm
Wow, that was some read!
A lot to digest there, in my ever evolving 3 pound brain, but, I continue to see the NRA as an negative influence on the American culture, and yes, rather paranoid; but making big bucks for most of its execs.

Gene J (290)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:54 pm
"The NRA, already with about 4 million members, hopes that the new push by Democrats in the White House and Congress to curb gun violence will bring the membership to 5 million."

But WE are a nation of 313 million and not even half the rank and file members of the NRA support their all or nothing war on the freedom of the rest of us to be secure in our homes and our freedom from a gun culture. The 309 million of us who aren't NRA members don't want high powered weapons in our neighborhoods, our schools, our workplaces and we don't want bullets fired by those weapons ripping through our walls and killing our children as they sleep or sit on the couch - both of which have happened numerous times here in the Minneapolis metro region over the last several years. It is one thing to have a weapon for hunting, though that is no longer a necessary event to put food on the table, it is just our innate bloodlust showing we have not outgrown our primitive impulses, it is another to have a weapon in one's house for self defense, even though statistics show that weapon is more likely to be taken away from the home owner and used against him/her than to successfully fend off a home invasion. Yes, the NRA is the most dangerous group in this country because of what they espouse, what they defend and what they represent - which is carnage continued in perpetuity. They are an anachronism, the 309 million of us who do not pay dues to that organization have rights too. Most importantly the right to be safe in our homes, workplaces and schools and without a ban on weapons of mass destruction like those used in recent massacres none of is safe, anywhere. Nor will we be until only the armed forces, police and well regulated militias have them.

Jason S (50)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:14 pm
Good Posting, thanks

Mitchell D (87)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:36 pm
Gene, That was beautifully put!
Okay, it's been some hours since I first read the article, just came back with the question: As per the article's history of the takeover of the NRA, am I wrong to believe that it is funded by the munitions industry? Not that they would be upset about the NRA's actions, but I'd like to have my facts straight.

Carol H (229)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:55 pm
thanks Carrie, noted

John B (185)
Monday January 14, 2013, 7:16 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article and slide show by Joel Achenbach, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz. The NRA is a "home grown" terrorist group and a lobbyist for the "weapons" manufacturing industry. They may have a sizable membership but as Gene J. states we are a nation of 313 million and united we can confront and defeat their destructive right-wing agenda. Read, viewed and noted.
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Carrie B (306)
Monday January 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
Of course the munitions industry is backing the NRA!

Nancy Black (308)
Monday January 14, 2013, 8:37 pm
Noted, tweeted, read, tweeted, shared and scared. The NRA is the forerunner of the Tea Party. It's their way or the highway. They don't compromise, no matter what.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:18 am
Hypocricy at its finest...

Joy W (103)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:32 am

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:21 pm
I believe what the NRA is doing amounts to treason. They want a vast supply of guns arming every American....for what?! I believe this is finally going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back and divides the NRA. Hunters and sportsmen who conscientiously use them are going to break from those who are simply mimicking the words of the NRA. Gun fanatics--types who belong to the "Gun of the Month Club" will be ostracized. I just hope this doesn't end up being angry outbursts with weapons turned on each other.
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