Out-of-Touch NRA Gets a Bit Touchy

The NRA has recently been trying pretty hard to boost its image in the media. Have they finally realized that majority of Americans don't agree with their hardline stance on gun safety measures? After talking with Vice President Biden last week, the NRA has come out in mutual favor of the prosecution of those who lie to get around the mandatory background checks one goes through when buying a gun. Though it's nice to hear them actually discuss somewhat reasonably for once, it's hardly a concession to say "Okay, go ahead and prosecute the people who are already breaking the law." We should prosecute those people, but they have already been denied the guns for lying, so that measure will do nothing to reduce the number of guns out there. The NRA sneaks have made it seem like they're conceding, but they are not. Nice try.

In an another attempt to brush up their image and maybe appeal to a younger crowd, the NRA has recently release an app, NRA: Practice Range. It's a mobile device gaming app where you shoot at stuff with a variety of guns, and you can upgrade to bigger guns if you buy them. It's all targets and skeets, but at the 'Indoor Range' in the game, the targets look suspiciously like coffins with bulls-eyes on the head and heart areas:

That's fairly standard for a shooting range, but the app was also initially promoted as "ages 4+"... to start the youngins in early. It's an interesting form of media for the NRA to choose, since one of their talking points after the Sandy Hook shooting just one month ago was that violence in video games is to blame for our violent society. As the good people over at ThinkProgress point out, the NRA has been hypocritical in this way before. They criticized movie violence as another reason for the violence in America, but made this special glorifying the guns used (by both good guys and bad guys, of course) in Hollywood movies. Check it out:

How much hypocrisy can we take from the NRA? Though media violence is worth analyzing, the easy access to guns in our society makes it easier for people to kill more people more quickly. The NRA might succeed in blocking meaningful legislation if we let them play these games of media attention with us. Do you think something real needs to be done about the access to dangerous firearms? Sign our petition to pass an assault weapons ban and tell Congress we want them to get those firearms off the streets. 

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McChrystal Crystallizes His View on Gun Safety

All the talk shows and blogs are talking about gun safety this week, and people have wide ranges of opinions and ideas. Some of them make logical sense, others of them... not so much. Check out this video from of a pro-gun guy getting his argument turned inside out by a reporter with a level head.

This reporter knows her stuff, and makes some great points. Guns are dangerous in their own right because it takes a person to fire them; military or near-military grade guns are high-powered pieces of machinery designed to kill... do we want everyone to have that and be able to fire them, without the military-grade training to go with it?

Former General Stanley McChrystal thinks not. Watch what he said about it on Morning Joe on Tuesday morning:

McChrystal sees that guns are a problem, not a solution. Do you agree? Click here to sign our petition asking Congress to pass a new assault weapons ban nowAdd your voice to the others telling Congress: We want these military weapons off the streets.

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What NRA?

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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