Sunday, November 11, 2012

The NRA's Political Clout Becomes a Joke

Beaumont Enterprise reports
The NRA fired mostly blanks in the 2012 election, spending $3.4 million to oppose Democrats who won six key Senate races.

The NRA's PAC and its Institute for Legislative Action also spent $11.7 million supporting defeated former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and opposing President Barack Obama, according to campaign finance data for the 2012 election cycle compiled by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics and its Website,

In all, the National Rifle Association spent more than $17 million on the 2012 presidential and congressional contests, $11.9 million specifically in opposition to Democrats and $5.4 in support of Republicans.

With a membership of 4.3 million gun owners and gun-rights supporters, the NRA has long enjoyed a reputation as an influential lobbying group with enough clout to doom lawmakers from red states who oppose their agenda.

The 2012 election results undercut that perception, gun-control advocates insisted.

"It shows their influence over elections is a myth,'' said Brian Malte, political director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. ``Right now, it's important to see that the NRA is ineffective, and if you're a politician weighing a vote and thinking `the NRA can take me out,' well, they don't have a very good track record.''

That's two presidential elections in a row.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.


  1. This election wasn't about guns. That's the key point that neither the NRA nor the Brady Bunch will acknowledge. It was entirely about jobs. Make it about guns, and voters will make it clear that they don't support gun control.

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