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Is the National Rifle Association A Paper Tiger?

Although the NRA has long been considered among the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country with its immense war chest, has its time come?

While gun control advocates highlight Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., as another reason to impose tougher restrictions on firearms, at least one person in the fight is claiming the National Rifle Association is losing its power.

“I … think we are seeing clear evidence that the political power of the National Rifle Association is dramatically overstated,” said Ladd Everitt on Monday’s Diane Rehm show, a nationally syndicated program broadcast across National Public Radio.

During Monday’s show, Everitt, who leads the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, continued, “[The NRA] got shellacked in election 2012. They wasted millions of dollars trying to defeat President Obama and went ‘all in.’ They lost seven out of eight high-profile Senate races they put more than $100,000 into. And of the 30 House incumbents who lost, they endorsed 17. The NRA is a paper tiger.”

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Although the NRA has long been considered among the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country with its immense war chest, has its time come? Does the adage, “power is lost in steps, not leaps and bounds,” apply today?

The group has refused invitations to speak with President Barack Obama, claiming the administration is anti-Second Amendment.

Following Friday’s tragic shooting, the NRA has also been mum with the media. It has not talked to reporters (there are no published comments at press time) and the organization’s Facebook page has been taken down and its Twitter account silent, despite a call from gun control advocates who are clamoring for compromise from NRA officials.

What are your thoughts? Should the NRA step up its efforts or come to the table? With the November 2012 political defeats and debate within the Republican Party, will the NRA’s shadow loom as large over gun control policy in the United States in the years to come? Will it become politically risky for candidates to align with the NRA if the organization continues on its current track? Is it time for the NRA to reinvent itself?

Antonio December 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The mayors are concerned about the level of gun violence in our society. Its too high when you compare it against other developed countries like the U.S. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns support reasonable restrictions on guns. They are not against hunters and individuals who want a gun for home protection. They want to restrict military assault weapons and keep any gun out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. FYI, assault weapons were illegal but the law lapsed a few years ago. It should have been renewed.
Antonio December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Roberto it's that glorification of toughness and name calling that's part of the problem.
One Voice December 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
If for a minute we could actually trust those in charge to ban only military assault weapons then I am sure that people would be more willing to cooperate, but if we empower those in charge to take this first step you know it will only have a spiral down effect that will end up banning all guns, taking away the 2nd amendment and giving the Government complete control. We are not sheep, at least I am not and I am not willing to go along with the Government taking everyone's guns away.
Roberto December 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Trust the givernment? LOL! Close your eyes and enjoy!
mateo December 19, 2012 at 05:41 AM
DON'T JOIN MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUN'S. HAVE YOU SEEN MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAGOSA. YOU CAN'T TRUST HIM AND ALL OF THE OTHER ONE'S. THEY ARE CORRUPT AND CROOK'S. AND HAVE HOT LADIES ON THE SIDE. OHH YEH LET'S GIVE THEM THE GUN'S

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