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Monday, December 14, 2015

The NRA Is Getting Its Ass Kicked and Here's the Proof

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. (photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA)
Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. (photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA)

By Cliff Schecter, The Daily Beast
29 November 15
 
Red states are saying no to new gun nut demands, and blue states are cracking down on reckless practices.

he National Rifle Association is getting its clocked cleaned.

I know, you need to see that again. So to repeat, and in layman terms: The NRA has been losing a lot lately.

The conventional wisdom is that even with an average of one school shooting per week since Sandy Hook, further common-sense gun regulation is a political non-starter, because of the NRA’s undue influence over our elected officials.

You’re likely familiar with this generic strain of blather, most recently regurgitated to pretend the NRA had a banner election night in Virginia this year.

Democrats, running proudly in support of gun safety, won one state senate race right in the NRA’s backyard. Democrats also picked up a state house seat and barely lost one state senate seat with a strong GOP lean.

For a more accurate view of just how much the NRA’s been losing the past few years, we needn’t look too far afield. The most sweeping gun-violence prevention laws in the country passed in 2014 via citizen ballot initiative, I-594, in Washington State. The initiative got 60 percent of the vote, in an off year when right-wing trolls put a poison pill measure on the ballot to fool people into voting against it—and failed.

In Oregon, the government did its job of protecting citizens over the infinitely expanding greed of Wayne LaPierre and his little band of merry, executive-suite misanthropes who run the NRA. They passed a background-check bill against the NRA’s wishes. Meanwhile, some North Carolina lawmakers who didn’t think enough of their constituents were being rendered dead were stopped in their tracks this past July when they tried to eliminate background checks on handgun purchases. The same thing happened in Colorado and Iowa.

Don’t take it from me, though. Listen to the NRA, whose former president called their own efforts in the states this year a “huge train wreck” in an internal memo. The gun nuts lost in 15 of 16 states where they tried to put guns on campus (no doubt to add bullet holes to the general atmosphere of co-ed merriment), including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, Georgia, South Dakota, Tennessee, South Carolina and Wyoming—all deep red states.

In the one state where they succeeded (although with a watered-down version of their bill), Texas, there have been protests and a number of professors have quit. Also, ironically, they’ve managed to create a whole new grassroots, gun-safety force among students who plan to carry colorful dildos around campus in protest. You see, carrying dildos out in public is illegal in Texas, concealed weapons that can kill now is not. Tells you all you need to know about the gerontocratic, melanin-challenged, right-wing men who are the base of support for both laws and choosing “leaders” in GOP primaries.

Meanwhile, the NRA tried to eliminate any training or permit requirements for concealed carry in West Virginia, Missouri, Utah, and Montana. The results? No, no, no and no. Again, these are not blue states. The same exact scenario played out with the NRA’s efforts to force guns into K-12 schools, based on their made up claim that “gun free zones” attract those who want to do us harm—as if the mentally ill are conducting a multivariate data analysis while planning an murderous spree.

What has happened in the affirmative? In response to the terrible Isla Vista massacre in 2014, California enacted a “gun violence restraining order” to allow close family and law enforcement to temporarily confiscate firearms if someone proves to be a threat to themselves and others.

In Milwaukee, police officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch, both shot in the face in the line of duty, won a case against known provider of guns to anyone asking, Badger Guns, for $6 million:

The officers, Norberg and Kunisch, alleged Julius Burton obtained the gun in June 2009 through a “straw buy” at Badger Guns.

The officers say the shop personnel were negligent because it was obvious another man actually bought the gun for Burton, who was too young to legally make the purchase, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

In fact, upon perusing its history, it becomes hard to doubt that Badger Guns would’ve hesitated to sell guns to Ultron if he had ambled on in to fulfill his need for heavy weaponry. The case is being appealed, but it may create precedent. That would be a very big deal.

Finally, as guns in the wrong hands pose such an existential threat to women suffering abuse at the hands of their husbands, six states, including Alabama and South Carolina, passed bills to make it harder for these abusers to gain access to firearms. Michigan even saw its Republican governor veto a bill to make it easier for abusers to get guns.

Next year it will be Nevada and Maine’s turns to pass universal background checks via ballot initiative. Like everywhere else, this reform is incredibly popular in those states. Washington State looks likely to once again take on the NRA directly, in banning the sale of ivory and other animal trophies. California has a ballot measure set to go in 2016 that would, among other things, make people report lost or stolen guns (I know, common sense if you’re not living in a fortified bunker with buckets of your own urine) and conduct background checks for ammunition purchases. It is the No. 1 priority of Gavin Newsom, the current lieutenant governor and likely gubernatorial candidate for 2018.

You see, the problem is that as all this is taking place, with cultural transformation already evident in People magazine’s now taking on this issue and sports teams’ wearing orange, in symbolic solidarity with gun-violence survivors, too many innocent people are still dying. And when it is local, or a massacre nationally, you will see it on your local or national news, sometimes on a loop. This makes it hard to accept that things are changing. But they are.
 

Comments

+32 # Billy Bob 2015-11-29 16:12
"In the one state where they succeeded (although with a watered-down version of their bill), Texas, there have been protests and a number of professors have quit. Also, ironically, they’ve managed to create a whole new grassroots, gun-safety force among students who plan to carry colorful dildos around campus in protest. You see, carrying dildos out in public is illegal in Texas, concealed weapons that can kill now is not."

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Reminds me of a Molly Ivins story about the Texas legislature re-passing an anti-gay "Sodomy" law back in the '80s:

As the good ol' boy Republican legislators were LITERALLY giving each other high-fives, one Democratic state representative, told them to be careful. He said, "Don't realize? It's now illegal for a dick to touch an asshole in Texas".
+29 # RMDC 2015-11-29 17:04
BB -- it is quite apparent that this law did not stop any sort of dick from touching any sort of asshole in Texas. That is pretty much all they have down there. Don't forget that both Bush and Cheney came out of Texas to take over the centeral government in 2000. That was some serious dick and asshole work.
+25 # Billy Bob 2015-11-29 20:28
Yeah. I wonder why Texas feels the need to project its dicks and assholes on the rest of the nation. If Texas ("It's like a whole other country") wants to be a separate, 3rd world, country, fine. I just get sick of it hating America, then wanting to dictate to the rest of America what our policies need to be. We could be facing another Texas Republican as the final nominee soon (Cruz).

Just imagine how much the rest of the country would benefit if we just let loony Texans have their way, and allowed them to just secede! The Republican Party would be pretty much dead (even in the House of Representatives ), and we could begin actually undoing the damage from the past 50 years of Republican policies dominating our available choices.
+18 # NAVYVET 2015-11-29 23:43
In the 1840s Texas fought with the US Army against Mexico but never meant to be an "independent" country. That Lone Star bee ess was nothing but a coverup for the Virginians, Tennesseans & other Southrons who'd emigrated to Mexico in order to set up another slave state, a conspiracy to solidify the balance of power in favor of the white supremacist slavers. Oh, sure, some of the foot soldier followers believed they could make a go as a "free" nation, but the leaders knew, and manipulated. But at the same time California, under the leadership of Abolitionist Thomas Starr King, a Unitarian minister, brought in California as a free state--not without a hard fight! The Unitarian Universalist theological school at the U of California is named Starr King school in his honor.
+2 # RMDC 2015-11-30 06:11
BB -- I'm all for a dissolution of the US 50 state system. As things now stand, we are rulled by two incompetent and corrupt regimes -- one at the state level and one at the federal level. I think any state or regional combination of states should be free to exit the Union, just in the way the USSR devolved into many separate states. There could be a commonwealth of states or there does not need to be.

I'm pretty sure California where I'm from would be totaly happy to be free of the tyranny of the east coast and Washington, DC. Same with Washintton and Oregon. The south would not be happy because it mainly lives off of the tax subsidies sent there by the central regime in Washington.

If there were no 50 state union, the central regime would not be able to make wars all over the world. It would not be able to create economic monsters like the TPP, WTO, NAFTA, and etc. The American people would cease to be a scourge on the world beause they would not have the psychopathy of the central regime. Washington has become a center for all of the social dysfunctionalis m that the crazies of Wall Street and investment bankers exhibit. These people have taken over government agencies in Washington. The Pentagon is run by weapons makers. The CIA is run by bankers, The NSA is run by private corporations. Just shut down the central regime and most of this goes away.

Most empires devolve sooner or later. I'd be happy to see Texas take the lead and pull out of the union.
+2 # bmiluski 2015-11-30 11:57
Yes RMDC....Califor nia could stand up against an invasion from the likes of Russia, or China which would consider California a nice rich "country" in which to establish a foot hold. Think they wouldn't dare do it? Then think Georgia, the Crimea, Tibet, etc.
+3 # Texas Aggie 2015-11-30 07:44
I wonder why Texas feels the need to project its dicks and assholes on the rest of the nation. - Billy Bob

Well, I often say to people from Washington who question what we send up there: You should see what we’ve got back home. - Molly Ivins

I give you Gov. Dipstick, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and a merry band of total idiots in the famous lege. You would think that with their idiot in Austin, there would be normal people left in the villages, but no. There are the mayors like the air headed twit who is mayor of Irving, TX. - Texas Aggie

And Sen. Screws-loose is Canadian, not Texan, as the Shrub was from Maine, not Texas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Regardless of what laws are passed, or who's in what office, or what party is running what, or who won what election, FACT is, people are buying guns faster than ever before - INCLUDING REGISTERED DEMOCRATS!!, and I don't blame them 'cause the FACT is, criminals don't obey laws, including gun laws, and the FACT is, there's no way law enforcement can ever respond faster than a person already on the scene. And in FACT, according to U.S. courts, law enforcement has NO OBLIGATION TO PROTECT YOU - that's YOUR JOB - which is why law enforcement always arrives after the fact ... and the purpose is to make a report of what happened in order to apprehend & prosecute - NOT PROTECT YOU!!
Every person has every right to protect themself, and others, from an attacker by whatever means deemed necessary. Anyone who doesn't think so has obviously been emasculated, and brainwashed into being nothing but a lame slave and/or target for others who don't care about you.

And for all the anti-gun nuts - give me a break! You pay taxes in a country, and support a government, with the largest military-industrial-complex in the world. And that military-industrial-complex that YOU SUPPORT has been waging wars, killing, massacring, and maiming innocent people around the world since its inception. Think about that hypocrisy for a moment.

Then realize this: There is nothing to prevent that humongous military-industrial-complex from turning on you one day, ... nothing but the resistance of a well-armed citizenry. Get your head straight about what YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE for yourself and your loved ones.

We haven't reached nirvanah yet, and the government you support is just as corrupt as ever. And you're just going to trust them with your safety? Are you insane? or just ridiculously stupid!!