Is the National Rifle Association A Paper Tiger?

Although the NRA has long been considered among the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country with its immense war chest, has its time come?

While gun control advocates highlight Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., as another reason to impose tougher restrictions on firearms, at least one person in the fight is claiming the National Rifle Association is losing its power.

“I … think we are seeing clear evidence that the political power of the National Rifle Association is dramatically overstated,” said Ladd Everitt on Monday’s Diane Rehm show, a nationally syndicated program broadcast across National Public Radio.

During Monday’s show, Everitt, who leads the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, continued, “[The NRA] got shellacked in election 2012. They wasted millions of dollars trying to defeat President Obama and went ‘all in.’ They lost seven out of eight high-profile Senate races they put more than $100,000 into. And of the 30 House incumbents who lost, they endorsed 17. The NRA is a paper tiger.”

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Although the NRA has long been considered among the most powerful lobbying organizations in the country with its immense war chest, has its time come? Does the adage, “power is lost in steps, not leaps and bounds,” apply today?

The group has refused invitations to speak with President Barack Obama, claiming the administration is anti-Second Amendment.

Following Friday’s tragic shooting, the NRA has also been mum with the media. It has not talked to reporters (there are no published comments at press time) and the organization’s Facebook page has been taken down and its Twitter account silent, despite a call from gun control advocates who are clamoring for compromise from NRA officials.

What are your thoughts? Should the NRA step up its efforts or come to the table? With the November 2012 political defeats and debate within the Republican Party, will the NRA’s shadow loom as large over gun control policy in the United States in the years to come? Will it become politically risky for candidates to align with the NRA if the organization continues on its current track? Is it time for the NRA to reinvent itself?

Constant Comment December 18, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I've never heard of either Dianne Rehm or Ladd Everitt, so I don't know how much weight their statements carry. I do know that from my perspective, the NRA will continue to grow. It's too soon to be speculating as to the effect that this tragedy will have on gun policies. }~)
The Teller of Truth December 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
To say that the NRA is ineffectual, is simply not true. This 'label' is not a factual statement but more like a personal desire. It is only Mr.Everitts wishful thinking, and nothing more.
On the right side December 18, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Typical pea brained lib comment. Try to take guns away and they will find out just how strong the NRA is.
JJ Mclure December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
libs are such wimps
Antonio December 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The gun lobby NRA is very powerful. Just look at their money and influence in Washington and in the States. However, that is not to say their agenda is in the best interests of the American people. The NRA's constituencies are the gun manufacturers and distributors. These businesses manufacturer 5.5 millions gun per year, 95% are sold in the U.S. I am a member and contributor to the gun control organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns which New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is a leader. Web site: mayorsagainstillegalguns.org
Roberto December 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Maybe it's the 2nd amendment that makes the NRA strong and liberals wimps?
Galactic Cannibal December 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
So thanks, to an out dated law approx 220 year old (2nd Amendment) . An estimated 200 to 300 million guns are owned by Americans. With mentally disturbed Americans have easy access to. So based on the recent history of mass killings, by Americans on Americans using the killing tool of national choice the gun. Versus a sword or bow -n- arrow. What is the probability that similar mass killings will occur, in not too distant future given the distribution of guns in all levels of American society The tragedy in Connecticut was carried out by the mentally disturbed son of wealthy parents. . In England his condition would be called by its proper name ' a lunatic" But in the mid 80's Pres Reagan closed down all our lunatic asylums and the inmates transferred to the streets. Now they are locked up in prisons. Why don't we open up lunatic asylums where disturbed people (lunatics) like killer of the children in Connecticut , could be sent to by his parents, before they commit mayhem using guns (as the killing tool of national choice). Sadly for no great logical reason will Americans amend the 2nd Amendment and ban guns.
David Shisler December 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
mateo December 18, 2012 at 11:23 PM
why are mayor's against gun's???????? are they a bunch of N.A.Z.I. lyn are you one. are you a fascist. we never give up our liberty for security. that guy who killed those kid's was sick and hated his mother and what she loved.so he destroyed it. don't blame gun owner's for what some sicko did. and we never give up our individual right's to the collective. because that is socialism, communitarianism , communism, so you and your mayor's against illegal gun's can go jump off the brooklyn bridge. and what gun did this guy use used that was was illegal
Bret D. Rijke December 18, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@Galactic Cannibal; So beacuse the Bill Of Rights is 220 years old, it should be abolished? Same hold true for the 1st Amendment?
The Teller of Truth December 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
@Roberto, excellent suggestion but if we opened up a lunatic asylum, there would be no one left to comment on the Patch! Lol
The Teller of Truth December 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Take a deep breath there buddy!!!!!!
The Teller of Truth December 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM
(@ Gal Can.) oops!
Frankie December 19, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Man, we have about just beat every aspect of this tragedy to death from the poor victims, to the Government and now the NRA. I would think that the news media could find something else to report on for a while and give it a rest, the poor families involved, everywhere they look is some news outlet spewing it over and over and over, please give it a rest and let these poor people have some peace to grieve.
TVOR December 19, 2012 at 12:45 AM
We need an organization like the NRA to protect what is left of the constitutional rights our forefathers tried to leave us. Disarming the populace has historically been a harbinger of tyranny.
TVOR December 19, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The gun rights debate is a huge attention getter so the media jump on it like a fat kid on a cheeseburger.
The Teller of Truth December 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
@Frankie, yeah, I used to think that too. I commented on the victims on what I thought was the appropriate thread. Then that turned into a free for all. In the end, I am just glad that I don't think that anyone from this Conn. tragedy will be reading any of these comments on the Lake Elsinore Patch.
Antonio December 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
These deaths will not be in vain. The increasing noise you hear is of people who are fed up and who will not stand by and let these tragedies continue. Join Mayors Against Illegal Guns and lets not stop until we have banned military assault weapons and other death machines from our civilized society. We need everyone to get involved. MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.org.
Antonio December 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The mayors are concerned about the level of gun violence in our society. Its too high when you compare it against other developed countries like the U.S. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns support reasonable restrictions on guns. They are not against hunters and individuals who want a gun for home protection. They want to restrict military assault weapons and keep any gun out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. FYI, assault weapons were illegal but the law lapsed a few years ago. It should have been renewed.
Antonio December 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Roberto it's that glorification of toughness and name calling that's part of the problem.
One Voice December 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
If for a minute we could actually trust those in charge to ban only military assault weapons then I am sure that people would be more willing to cooperate, but if we empower those in charge to take this first step you know it will only have a spiral down effect that will end up banning all guns, taking away the 2nd amendment and giving the Government complete control. We are not sheep, at least I am not and I am not willing to go along with the Government taking everyone's guns away.
Roberto December 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Trust the givernment? LOL! Close your eyes and enjoy!
mateo December 19, 2012 at 05:41 AM


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