Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NRA Losing Influence

Don't expect much gun-control legislation anytime soon. Historically, it takes at least a few years after a massacre or assassination to get sensible laws passed. Certainly, there’ll be no progress on gun control while the House is in Republican hands.
But the next time the Democrats have both houses of Congress and the White House, expect real gun control to move for the first time in years.
Meyer (an assoc. prof. at the very conservative George Mason U.) makes the argument "[o]ne of the key components of the NRA’s power has been the support of moderate and conservative Democrats. Even when the Democrats controlled Congress, there were more than enough pro-gun Democrats to vote with most Republicans and bat down any efforts at gun control."

Meyer argues that key component is gone.


  1. Nope, they'll be just as chicken as they were in previous years that the Democrats have held a majority in congress.

    What's nice is that until they do, people like me continue to spread the facts about gun control: that it doesn't work, has never proven to make any society safer, and infringes on our unalienable right to keep and bear arms. :) The Internet is great for that!


  2. So would you say the NRA had more, or less influence over President Obamessiah's State of the Union address, than the Brady Bunch and Illegal Mayors Against Guns had ;-)?

  3. "But the next time the Democrats have both houses of Congress and the White House, expect real gun control to move for the first time in years."

    You mean like the last two years?

    "Meyer argues that key component is gone."

    He's got that right. You really think anti-freedom Democrats are going to sweep in any time soon?

  4. I don't know how soon, but it'll come around. You guys are still high from those Supreme Court decisions which were both by the slimmest possible margins.

    Enjoy it while you can.

  5. What I think is strange is that not one of the recent Supreme Court Decisions has discussed the most critical part of the 2nd Amendment, that clearly limits the government's power to enforce any gun control: "shall not be infringed."

    The whole point of the Bill of Rights is to limit the government, I wonder why no other amendments have that clear, total restriction on the government?

    And why it's been ignored?


  6. Hopefully Obama will be a one termer who is replaced by a good solid pro 2nd Amendment president. That will make the balance of congress irrelevant.

  7. Orygunner, What about the 3rd Amendment? That's pretty outdated, don't you think? Why can't the same irrelevance apply to the 2nd?