The cheerful idiots of CSGV pointing out at this article in the Christian Science Monitor:
1. NRA has alienated key Democrats.
“The NRA could almost change its name to the National Republican Association. On the NRA’s board sit at least 14 Republican politicians or nationally known extreme conservatives.”
So? Mind you, there are 75 people comprising the NRA board so that means 88% of the board are not “Republican politicians or nationally known extreme conservatives.”
And let’s not forget something: To be a member of the Board, you must go through an ELECTION by NRA Life Members and not just send a butt kissing letter to Michael Bloomberg & Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Among the board members we have Law Enforcement active and retired, Military, Game and Fish Commissioners, Lawyers, Computer experts, Entrepreneurs, Doctors and even a former NFL player. Oh yes, one of them “Republican politicians or nationally known extreme conservatives” is an African American.
2. NRA isn’t as scary anymore
What about the tons of money the NRA deploys for lobbying? An independent group, Open Secrets, ranked them 176th in lobbying expenditures among Washington players in 2012.
Allow me to introduce to you the Frank Lopez Principle (as applied in Politics): “Don’t get high on your own supply.” If you come up with a BS narrative, always remember that it is BS and it may come back to haunt you if you start believing in your own press releases. The NRA was never a big money machine and a rather pitiful one compared with the Lawyers or Union lobbys. The NRA’s strength comes by its members and the people they influence (family, friends, co-workers) but they keep ignoring this and I am not going to correct them. You never help the enemy when they are making a mistake somebody said once.
3. NRA can’t deliver swing voters like it once did
Imagine you are a Democratic member of Congress from a swing district. Can the NRA really promise to deliver you pro-gun votes if you desert your president on background checks this summer? American politics is so polarized right now that there just aren’t as many conflicted voters like the famous union members with guns.
Funny you should ask. One of the narratives deeply entrenched among the intelligentsia is that Gun Owners are nothing but Republican and misguided Libertarians from Trailer Park States. But the new Gun Culture has become much more inclusive and that means that even rank & file Liberal Democrats gun owners are going “WTF do you mean you want to confiscate my guns?” Plus confidence on this administration kinda took a hit when the first paychecks came in this year. The NRA may not need to put an extra effort to deliver votes just as it did not have to put an effort to increase the sale of guns: President Obama did that all on his shinny own.
4. NRA won’t be the only big spender anymore.
Wait… didn’t you just said that the NRA was never a big spender? What is this? Bi-Polar Editorial?
5. Democrats will remember Joe Baca
I will tell you that I have no idea who Joe Baca is or what was the deal with particular election. But we are talking about California here the state that elected again Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown as Governor and also to raise more taxes on themselves. If that is not enough…..
6. Newtown is different
The Newtown massacre, unlike the bloodshed at Virginia Tech, Aurora, or Arizona, is still resonating with the public.
But not in the way it was supposed to go according to the Gun Control Pundits. Although much of the initial narrative was aimed against the “bloodthirsty” NRA and Gun Owners, it then turned to “How come my kids do not have armed security at schools like the Big Honchos do?” and “How come the Criminally Insane are allowed to walk free?” masterfully pointed out by Wayne LaPierre (hate him, but he can be a very effective prick.) After that it has been a collection of amazing political screw ups that has been eroding any “public” support. Other than parading the parents of the victims whenever they feel they need to do a PS stand, the Newtown victims are pretty much forgotten by the Administration and the Media.
But the biggest demonstration we have on this article about how difficult a time the Obama Administration is having trying to pass Gun Control laws is in the title itself: Universal Background Checks. Why only Universal Background Checks? Where is the federal ban on “hi cap” mags? What happened to the ban on “assault weapons”? I mean just a month ago they were sure these measures were sure to trail-blaze through Congress because they had the support of 80%-90% of the people in the US! Except they never really did and the opposite was true so they had to lower expectations over and over again to the point we see articles like this.
We ain’t out of the woods yet, but we are not losing. They never expected this opposition and they will come away sideways to paraphrase a character from a Sci Fi show.