By Alex Showerman | 7 comments
One of the biggest challenges we hear about in the fight for gun responsibility is how powerful the gun lobby, and NRA is. The fact of the matter is the NRA is not what they pretend to be. Consider this chart:
In 2012, the NRA spent a whopping $16 million dollars in support of "pro-gun" candidates. Even more shocking, just 134,000 or .81% went to winning candidates. If that is not a rejection of their radical pro-gun stance, I don't know what is. But it's not just 2012 that there was this overwhelming rejection -- Check out the longer term trends of the impact of the NRA:
That is right in the last 8 years, the NRA has endorsed 1038 candidates, and only had a meaningful impact on 4 races. Essentially what this tells us is that as a political force, the NRA is completely useless. The time is now for us to treat the NRA, as the results show they are, completely irrelevant to the needs of the country, and pass comprehensive gun reform. The first step is grassroots action and you can get involved by adding your name to our petition calling on Congress to take swift action on gun reform.
Thanks to our friends at Think Progress for the great statistics.
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