NRA: From Power Broker To Broken? Gun Safety Activists See Opportunity In NRA's Downfall 1

NRA: From Power Broker To Broken? Gun Safety Activists See Opportunity In NRA’s Downfall

 

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, talks with Rachel Maddow about the waning political power of the NRA as it falters under corrupt leadership, and how gun safety activism and support is growing. Aired on 04/07/2021.
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NRA: From Power Broker To Broken? Gun Safety Activists See Opportunity In NRA's Downfall

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  1. It’s the gun lobby….Winchester, Ruger…..Smith & Wesson Politics. The NRA has been the lobbyist for gun manufacturers.

    1. @Mr Deplorable2020 What are you talking about? Do you honestly think the U.S. Military couldn’t spank you and take your guns if they wanted to? What does you having a gun have to do with the holocaust?

    2. @Elizabeth Ayres Do you actually remember any of the comments you post here?

      I corrected your inept grasp on history.

      The Nazi’s used registration from the former Weimar republic to confiscate guns from Jews. Shortly after confiscation, they were rounded up and murdered!

      Why would the military spank me and take my guns?

      Are you psychotic!

    3. @Elizabeth Ayres Need a gun, what I need is totally irrelevant. It’s my constitional right to own them.

    4. @Mr Deplorable2020 I agree. I’m a gun owner. I have lived in small town and big town. I like the Castle Law option…why high power, high capacity? Why not reserve that class of weapon for those at war, or collectors, and others who don’t mind registering it. You speak as if it was a part of German-Jewish life to keep firearms in the home….how did that work out for them, by the way?

  2. No one ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their loved ones. I’m sure the parents of the children of Sandy Hook and Parkland never thought it would happen to their kids.
    The problem is that most people don’t even care unless it directly affects them. This level of apathy and indifference is part of the problem. We can thank the RepublicanNRA for this culture of senseless gun violence…

    In1994 assault weapons were banned here in America, and mass shootings like this decreased. But In 2004, the assault rifle ban was allowed to expire, and  since then, mass shootings have increased by more than 100%. That ban needs to be put back into place..

    Other than being the preferred weapon of mass carnage for mass shooters, assault rifles and high capacity magazines serve no other purpose. Allowing such a weapon to be openly sold to the public is the height of Irresponsibility, and we’ve got the bodies to prove it.

    Banning those types of weapons would also stop them from being smuggled into Mexico to drug cartels. Thousands of assault style weapons flow into Mexico every year. And who do you think profits from it? Well Just follow the money trail to the dealers and manufacturers, then follow the money trail to the NRA, then follow the money trail to gun lobbyists, then follow the money trail  to it’s final destination, Republicans on Capitol Hill.

    1. There are millions and millions of guns out there owned by law abiding citizens. What about their rights to own guns ?

    2. @Frank Bullitt How is regulating the gun industry impinging on the rights of law abiding citizens?

    3. @Frank Bullitt I think the topic is about assault rifles and high-capacity mags and not guns in general.

  3. Anyone surprised by this turn of events needs to be slapped… hard… preferrably with a glove filled with a small iron anvil (Bugs Bunny reference)

    1. It’s a shame, because gun owners deserve to have a proper advocacy group with accountable leadership to its member base. It’s become an Old Boys network for gun manufacturers and weak men who retreat to private yachts when there’s a mass shooting at a public school. Is there another credible organization to supplant the NRA? One that focuses on firearm competency, commonsense gun laws, and the promotion of recreational sport and marksmanship? They can’t be the only group out there. There must be some association that conducts itself with greater integrity that can maintain a good relationship with the public.

    2. Renew the 94 at ban / The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act or Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) was a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United States federal law which included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons as well as certain ammunition magazines that were defined as “large capacity.”

    3. @BrokeredHeart I don’t think I ever deserved let alone needed a gun advocacy group, but the NRA was once a proper gun safety and marksmanship organization, and one I was once a proud member of.

  4. So you don’t need a gun to protect yourself from the bad guys if you have a friend with a 100 foot yacht. Good to know…

    1. Renew the 94 at ban / The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act or Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) was a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United States federal law which included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons as well as certain ammunition magazines that were defined as “large capacity.”

    2. If you have $40 grand of suits you can’t be a ” Bad Guy” right, right?!? No, that won’t fly anymore

  5. They claim to be bankrupt by in an announcement to their members they said they are in the best financial condition in history

    1. @Joel Rivard TexAss? Oh Gawd! As W.C. Fields said when he was caught reading a Bible just before he died … “Looking for loop-holes, just looking for loop-holes, my dear.”

  6. Maybe Merrick Garland should follow up on this. Make them give up their non-profit tag and then have the IRS look into taxing them as a business. Then fine them with penalty and interest for not paying all that money they are using to buy all these extravagant items. I don’t expect the State of Texas to look into them.

    1. Renew the 94 at ban / The Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act or Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) was a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United States federal law which included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons as well as certain ammunition magazines that were defined as “large capacity.”

    2. @Bidenforthenext8years Pleasewearamask I see NO excuse for having assault style weapons at ALL! Hunting shotgun yes, firearm yes, but assault weapon? They should be banned! What hunter needs a semi-automatic weapon to hunt game? An extremely stupid and bad hunter for one thing.

  7. If that was her first media appearance…..wow! Spoke like a veteran and had total command of the intended messaging. I only hope if I ever suffer such loss that I could find the strength to become that person she has become. They have fought so hard for so long. It feels like the US is changing-slowly, but surely in the right direction.

    1. the arc of history bends twords justice. we just have to hang on to it long enough for the bend to set in and become permanent. until the next time… 😉

  8. The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to keep him from getting a gun to start with. Every gun should be registered to a certified owner.

    1. @bob smoth I just came here to hear all these TV talking points from these yahoos. Propaganda is a dangerous weapon. … sigh …

  9. The NRA was hoping for a Trump-style bankruptcy, where their debts are forgiven and they carry on as before.

  10. As a gun owner that believes in responsible gun ownership and common sense control, I want my lifetime membership dues refunded. What a bunch of greedy crooks.

  11. Regarding Mr LaPierre’s comment about having to flee to a yacht to be safe….I thought to be safe everyone needed to carry a gun… I’m really confused.

    1. The democrats built a wall around them gaurded by the military with guns paid for with our tax dollars, but you’re ok with that right?

  12. Bad people always lose eventually good people always prevail I don’t know why people don’t get it by now

  13. NRA To the courts : We’re so broke.

    NRA to its memebers : We’re fine. We’re richer than ever.

  14. They have done the same thing with the peoples social security and they should have to pay this money they stole from us back to our social security fund we the people demand this

  15. “Senators should vote their conscience…” – you made me do a spit-take with my coffee, lady.

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