Monday, January 12, 2009

"In 2008, NRA Shot Blanks."

Ray Schoenke, President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), offers his analysis of gun politics in the last election on his AHSA website blog:

In 10 of the 11 states where the NRA Political Victory Fund's efforts against Obama were concentrated -- gun-friendly regions in states like Colorado, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico – they lost . . . (On the plus side, the NRA’s histrionics and fear mongering tactics did succeed in bolstering gun sales after the election, which is a good thing in this dreadful economy). . .

. . . So why is the NRA "shooting blanks" these days? Because they don’t get it. The landscape has changed. With the Supreme Court overturning the D.C. gun ban, our gun rights are secure and government confiscation is off the table. Now, we can actually talk about responsible gun laws, conservation, public access, global warming – and even the economy.

Read more and comment on the AHSA website:



brian r said...

I wish the NRA would get a clue. I am a member (mostly because I have to be for my gun club membership), but feel very underrepresented. I can only hope that more "gun friendly" Dems get elected to major offices. Maybe then the NRA will start paying attention (in a positive light) to Dems. It seems that the only way they will back a Democrat is in an all Dem race such as a primary. I feel like the NRA has lost a lot of its political pull. I suppose that is currently a good thing since they only back Republicans.

Pradeep said...

Ok, until the Global Warming comment I was with you :)

The terminology has changed recently...climate change, Climate Change.