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Why exactly is the NRA so powerful?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TigerVols, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    ...and what can people who believe it's too powerful do about it?

    Although he said this in jest, I think Wendell Pierce might be on to something...


    What's to stop liberal thought leaders from joining the NRA, motivating their flock to do the same, then, oh, I dunno, running a slate anchored by Gabby Giffords for all the organization's leadership posts?

    If the NRA really is the reason Congress has not passed any meaningful gun control legislation, why not change the NRA instead of changing Congress?
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    The people currently in the NRA would just reform in a new group.
  3. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    The NRA isn't why Congress hasn't passed any "meaningful" gun control legislation. For lack of a better way to phrase it, the NRA is a symptom of a cause, not the cause itself.
  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Sister Souljah's NRA would be better than whitey's NRA.
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  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Depends on how you want to look at that chicken and the egg to determine the symptom and the cause. The NRA uses campaign donations and a rating system to exert influence over members of Congress. Like many other organizations that work that way, they are very good at it.
  6. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Didn't whites try and do that to the NAACP?
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    In answer to the question, it's because Democrats have little stomach to fight for strict campaign finance reform and Republicans believe corporations are people and the rich are entitled to more speech than everyone else.
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  8. Mr. Sunshine

    Mr. Sunshine Well-Known Member

    Why do they "have little stomach," Baron?
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    What is the cause? The Constitution?
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  10. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    The answer to the titular question is simple:

    'Cause they've got guns.

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  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Because it's not an issue that is sexy with voters.
  12. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Straight answer: Because NRA lobbyists are backed by a membership that actually votes in elections, in strong numbers. People who are passionate about protecting their rights to gun ownership are united on that issue, and vote often; the other side is splintered into dozens of political organizations and includes many non-voters.

    If people want to change that reality, they've got a long, long road to travel.
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