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April 20, 2013

NRA Touts “Victory” While Avoiding Issues

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 7:36 am
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A careful read of the NRA’s “victory” email blast (see below) shows two things: they have wrapped themselves in the flag while declaring that they are on the side of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” (along with Superman I guess). The second thing is they don’t address how it is that preventing criminals and the mentally defective from buying guns, or preventing gun trafficking for criminals is Un-American. They don’t address the issues at all. They credit their grass roots for their letter-writing campaign as the cause of their success, not their leadership, not their lobbyists, not their bribes paid for by the gun industry, which is fascinating since a large majority of NRA members were for enhanced background checks. Shouldn’t they have been shouting “Hooray, Criminals Still Can Buy Guns at Gun Shows” and “Wow, Psychopaths Unrestricted in Ability to Buy Guns; An Amazing Victory” instead?

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Chris W. Cox’s Message to Gun Owners on Their Victory in the Senate
April 20, 2013

While both sides in the gun control debate regroup after our victory in the Senate earlier this week, I want to give credit where credit is due. The credit for Wednesday’s defeat of gun control goes to the countless gun owners and other Americans who drew a line in the sand—who sent emails and letters and made phone calls to their U.S. senators, urging them to protect private firearm transfers, semi-automatic firearms, and the magazines that millions of Americans own for self-defense.

 There is no question that you shocked the enemies of liberty two days ago. Going into Wednesday’s votes, they thought victory was within reach. Many in the media had pushed the idea that resistance to the gun control agenda was futile, and some of our more aggressive adversaries may have started to believe their own propaganda. I’m sure some had convinced themselves that the intensity of their anger toward gun owners was all that was necessary to assure victory.

 But you and your fellow gun owners proved them wrong. As you know, the best Americans do what they have to do, not for personal praise, but because it’s the right thing to do. They do what has to be done not only for themselves, but for their fellow Americans today and for generations of Americans to come. Nevertheless, on behalf of all of us at NRA headquarters, I want to thank you for answering the call.

 As you know, however, we can take only measured comfort from this week’s success. In his bitter response to the Senate’s votes, President Obama said that this fight is far from over, and that’s the one thing that he is right about.

 Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), sponsor of the gun control bill debated this week, has promised to bring his bill up at a more opportune moment. Obama’s “Organizing for America,” billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Gun Guns,” and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ “Americans for Responsible Solutions” will focus their efforts on defeating pro-Second Amendment senators in 2014.

 I say to those groups and their leaders, that pro-Second Amendment senators stood with us and we will stand with them, as we have with other elected representatives who have supported the Second Amendment before them.

 Over the last generation, gun owners have had tremendous success advancing our cause. The refusal of the Obama administration and anti-gun radicals in Congress to attack us during Obama’s first term is a testament to our strength. They became emboldened by Obama’s reelection and over the last four months, we have weathered an anti-gun public relations campaign as severe as any we have experienced. And we have won the first legislative battle at the national level.

 Our adversaries are well-funded, though, and as determined as any we have seen before. The fight ahead will be as difficult as this organization and the gun owning community has ever faced. Prepare for what’s ahead. Every gun owner will be needed on the team. Elected officials who support the Second Amendment will be subjected to a well-financed, cleverly conceived campaign designed to convince them that they are on the wrong side of history. Our job and yours will be to expose that claim for the fraud that it is. Please find strength in the knowledge that the victories best savored are those that are hardest fought, and encourage our friends in Congress to do the same.

 Thank you for all you did to win this fight, and for your readiness to win the fights that will come.




  1. This actually me feel physically ill.



    Comment by john zande — April 20, 2013 @ 8:40 am | Reply

    • *makes me…


      Comment by john zande — April 20, 2013 @ 8:40 am | Reply

    • Disgusting display but sucking up to ones based had hidden messages in it. If you didn’t write your Senator, like all of the loyal NRA members did, then you aren’t a good member (Bad, bad!). You also aren’t in solidarity with those who were right, real Americans, etc. etc.

      This is psychological warfare applied to their own membership all in the name of profits for gun manufacturers.



      Comment by stephenpruis — April 20, 2013 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  2. “they have wrapped themselves in the flag while declaring that they are on the side of “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”

    Trying to make hay out of a losing vote in the Senate that wins only by the exploitation of a Senate rule that was never meant to allow such power for a minority must indicate that you have to cheer any and all things that give you those meager opportunities. We’ll see what their mood is like following the 2014 elections.


    Comment by lbwoodgate — April 20, 2013 @ 8:57 am | Reply

    • A determined minority is a tough foe but if we don’t win this one, I think we are on a very different slippery slope from the NRA’s.

      Amazingly, we have to have a political war to get only what is sensible.


      Comment by stephenpruis — April 20, 2013 @ 9:14 am | Reply

  3. I have to give NRA credit for not calling on members to take up their guns (and buy more just in case), and rise up against the government.


    Comment by List of X — April 20, 2013 @ 9:43 am | Reply

    • No, they are just hinting that you might just have to … to increease gun sales.


      Comment by stephenpruis — April 20, 2013 @ 9:57 am | Reply

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