Now that Democrats have won the White House and solid majorities in Congress, one of the nation's strongest lobbies, the National Rifle Association (NRA), has been on a real upswing. As it turns out, "Fear of Obama's been good for business."
... the NRA has enjoyed tremendous message success along with legislative success. On the message side, the NRA did everything in its power to scare the wits out of conservatives. "They're coming to take your guns away," was the warning, with the result that there was a tremendous run on guns and ammo. Buyers literally emptied gun store shelves, and dealers and manufacturers, who provide deep financial support to the NRA, raked in the dough.
And as Josh Sugarmann of the Violence Policy Center observed in February, "Military-style weapons are the guns that are flying off the shelves and into the homes of people frightened about the 'change' that an Obama Administration represents."
Meanwhile, of course, in Washington this year there hasn't been the slightest move to take guns away or curb gun ownership. That's just right-wing mythology.
The article profiles the lobbyists who are employed by the NRA, crediting them for all this good news for the gun crowd. It says the "dealers and manufacturers, who provide deep financial support to the NRA," have raked in the dough. Does that mean there are no lobbyists who work directly for the "dealers and manufacturers?" Is that to say that the all-powerful NRA controls the entire game?
Do you think gun owners are angry about having been frightened into stocking up on guns and ammo? Isn't that the natural reaction when you discover you've been duped? Or is this just another case of how the pro-gun folks support each other, right or wrong? Or is it the natural tendency to not want to admit you were duped? I'll bet most gun owners who were doing all that buying would deny that they were frightened into it, they'd insist that they were just doing what they wanted to do anyway.
What's your opinion?