Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gun Control Outspent Gun Rights in 2013

An ad from Mayors Against Illegal Gun Violence

Advertising Age

In the year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gun-control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising. According to Kantar Media's CMAG, that gave such groups a seven to one advantage over gun-rights organizations, which only spent $1.9 million.
At the same time, gun-rights groups, led by the National Rifle Association, spent about $6.2 million on lobbying instead of advertising, according to a study by the Sunlight Foundation.
The gun-rights groups may have had the better tactic -- especially in a quiet election year.
White House efforts to strengthen gun-control laws went nowhere. Watered-down legislation to broaden FBI background checks of gun buyers failed in the Senate. And the GOP-controlled House did not even consider addressing gun-control legislation.

19 comments:

  1. But somehow, I doubt we've heard the last about how it's the evil NRA corrupting politics with its money.

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    1. Yes, we will not here the last of it, since that's exactly what the NRA has been doing for years.

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    2. And yet gun control doesn't win at the ballot box. Quit being lazy and blaming "dark money" for this.

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    3. You must have missed a key point. The NRA money is spent on lobbying efforts in Washington rather than TV commercials to affect public opinion.

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    4. When gun control is put on the ballot, it wins. It's only when the Republican majority House votes on gun control, that it loses. It's clear the Republican majority House is not in step with the American people. Single digit approval ratings for the House shows that.

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    5. Anonymous, you missed Colorado, I take it?

      Mikeb, how does telling me that gun control freaks aren't smart enough to spend their money wisely help your cause?

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    6. No I didn't. That's one you are losing. Apparently you haven't been reading Mike's post, just leaving your usual troll remarks.

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    7. Two state senators recalled and a third resigning--that's a loss to my side?

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    8. Two of the largest States passing gun control and working on more. Yes, you are losing lying criminal coward

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    9. Gun control has passed at the ballots. Calif and New York,
      Next lie.

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    10. Those weren't ballot measures.

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    11. "Those" what?

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    12. California and New York's gun control bills. They went through the legislative process, not the ballot process.

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    13. See, your side is losing

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    14. New York and California are already mired in gun control. The only hope for them is judicial action. But most states support gun rights.

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    15. That stupid statement is to explain why you are losing?
      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
      Again, typical for the site liar. Can't prove, lie.

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    16. "They went through the legislative process, not the ballot process."

      What's your point? Do you think the good citizens of those states would not have voted them in?

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    17. Perhaps they would have. The "good" citizens of San Francisco voted for a total gun ban eight years ago (but that's a city). We don't know because it wasn't on a ballot. My statement was a correction of Steve's claim that it passed on the ballot.

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  2. The do nothing Republican Congress, or actually the Republican Congress that will not do what Americans want.

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