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Wise Talk: What Is the NRA Afraid Of?

President Obama is trying to restrict—not entirely ban—assault weapons. The NRA is opposed for a few reasons, but none of them are logical.

Let's talk about assault weapons and the President's attempts to modify existing gun laws. First of all, those weapons are used almost exclusively for target practice. They are rarely, if ever, used for hunting. Any hunter who uses those weapons for game would tear his target to shreds, making the hunt useless and ridiculous.

I have a close friend who is a shooter, and an excellent one at that. He tells me that assault weapons have a minimum kick, so they can be used pretty accurately. He's the one who told me that those weapons are primarily used for target practice, and he should know.

So, if they are used primarily for target practice, why is the NRA so virulently against their restriction. What are they afraid of? The President isn't trying to take existing weapons away from their owners. He's trying to make sure those weapons are not sold to criminals or to the insane.

Furthermore, to be afraid of the government taking over all weapons is ridiculous as well. We have the National Guard and the U. S. Military, who if I remember correctly, consists of us—and they (we) have access to those weapons in that fashion. So apparently, the gun lobby is afraid of us taking over our own country. Now that makes no sense at all.

Finally, why does the gun lobby and the NRA have so much power? They number about four million members and the rest of the country outnumbers them significantly, and most disagree with their position. So why do they exert so much influence, far out of balance with their numbers. That is a question which must be addressed soon and the situation changed immediately.

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Ray Hayashi February 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Untrue, the people behind the scenes do want to ban all guns: The Brady Campaign emerged from Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI), originally the National Council to Control Handguns (NCCH), and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (CPHV). NCCH was founded in 1974 by Dr. Mark Borinsky, a victim of gun violence, and became HCI in 1980.[4] On June 14, 2001, Handgun Control, Inc. was renamed the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in honor of Sarah and Jim Brady.[4] On October 1, 2001, it incorporated the Million Mom March.[5] "We will take one step at a time, and the first is necessary - given the political realities – very modest. We’ll have to start working again to strengthen the law, and again strengthen the next law and again and again. Our ultimate goal, total control of handguns is going to take time. The first problem is to slow down production and sales. Next is to get registration. The final is to make possession of all handguns and ammunition (with a few exceptions) totally illegal." Pete Shields chairman HGC 1976 (Wikipedia)
Ray Hayashi February 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM
remember the guys that defended thier shops, the rioters decided to find easier game...
Frank H. Robles February 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM
The NRA yields much power today not because they represent the the 4 million members that pay 25 dollars per. year, but they represent the Gun Industry which is a 12 Billion business. They became " Not Your Fathers NRA " back in the Mid 90's. When then President Regan, along with former President's Ford and Carter urge'd Congress to support a ban on assault weapons. Later George H.W.Bush " Lifetime Member " left the NRA, after Wayne Pierre comments " Jack Booted Thug's that have a badge and the government's go-heed to Harass, Intimidate, even muder law abiding citizens" Over the past 2 decades they have really gone after the gun industry, the NRA always shows yearly income of 200 Million - 250 Million ...!!!
Bret D. Rijke February 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM
@Frank H. Robles; You wrote; "...after Wayne Pierre comments " Jack Booted Thug's that have a badge and the government's go-heed to Harass, Intimidate, even muder law abiding citizens" And is he wrong? Have you not been reading what the BATF has been doing over the last few years? Or how about the "Fast and Furious" deal? Or the multiple incidents of police corruption and violence in the nation over the last 10+ years? When the assigned government agencies begin to fail in their duties, or when they begin to abuse their granted authority against the populace they are supposed to protect, then where do the law abiding turn to? I think you give the whole concept of a benevolent government way too much leeway.
Frank H. Robles February 25, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Bret......good post, it goes deeper than the question at the end of the main article that I was trying to reply to. Why the NRA has show much Power, they began to partner up with the Big Gun Industry back in the mid-ninties, when Regan and Busch were pro - gun control, The Big Gun Industry began to make large Money dotations. I also was a long time member of the NRA, did not renew with them back then, did not like the direction they were going....!!!!

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