• End the insanity

    We need background checks on ALL gun sales, and restrictions on how and when assault weapons can be legally used. Assault weapons should be legal only for defense of home, family or self. It should be illegal to carry them anywhere other than on one's own property. They are NOT recreational weapons. They are designed specifically for easily and quickly large numbers of people. Most Americans are in favor of sane gun laws, and the NRA is ignoring that fact. They are forcing their will over that of the majority of Americans.

  • Purely evil organization

    How is the twisted logic of flooding a market with guns will solve the problem of gun violence? I would not want for a second live in a society that has so many guns in circulation. The USA is the only developed country with so many gun related deaths and the NRA would blame it on anything but guns.
    It is also interesting the USA would do anything to protect its interest in "terrorist "countries (drone strike, torture) as well as American at homes while not protecting its citizens against the gun overload in America itself.

  • The NRA has too many senators in bed with them!

    The NRA knows they are evil! The NRA uses their big money to coerce weak knee Congress, representatives, and Washington DC leaders so they (NRA) can continue to make big money. The NRA are Terrorists to our United States of America. Why in the world does the NRA want to kill Americans with assault weapons and hardly no background checks?

  • Yes, the NRA has a powerful lobby.

    My guess is that the NRA is very powerful when I observe the very bad consequences of ubiquitous gun ownership and yet laws to regulate and control guns are constantly challenged or brushed to the side. It is hard to imagine someone in Congress being able to see the unnecessary violence in this country and still rationally support the notion that we need a well-armed public to protect ourselves. It has to be about money and special interests.

  • Measurable influence disproportional based on their membership and the general population.

    They, and their members, absolutely deserve their right to be heard. However their well funded and organized approach has resulted in their ability to not only influence lawmakers, but to dictate their actions. NRA talking points end up being policy. The result is that the 5-14 million (depending on how you count) NRA members can shout down the will of the majority (the US has 300+ million citizens, 60%+ of whom support gun control in some measure). If 5 million people can block the desire of 150 million, then there is no other conclusion. Something has to change; the NRA has too much power. I don't blame them, I blame a system who grants so much access to lobbyists and lawmakers who acquiesce.

  • The NRA and the Gun Lobby have too much influence here in the United States.

    Due to the omnipotence of the NRA and the Gun Lobby, various lawmakers here in the United States have been affectively bullied out of passing stronger, more affective gun laws that would save lives and make it safer for everybody. Too many people have access to firearms who have absolutely have no business being around them in the first place.

    Posted by: mplo
  • Of course they do

    There interest in gun laws is tainted with making more money NOT with you rights to keeping your guns. Did you know that The bulk of the group's money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry company's. While that is still part of the organization's core function, today less than half of the NRA's revenues come from program fees and membership dues. BASICALLY THEY ARE MONEY DRIVEN. There business like tubaco company, and keeping a leverage on gun laws is good business, they could careless who dies or gets killed...That's just business. Herd the sheep that follow you, squash the lil guy that oppose you, make more money by any means possible, and look noble doing it. That's there goes-without-saying motto

  • Influence regarding who is Supreme Court Justice? Really?

    We do not elect Associations to represent us. McConnell just admitted the NRA has heavy influence on the Republican decision of who will be on the Supreme Court. One has to question how much power the NRA really has, and why we allow it besides our ignorance in voting for Republicans that get serious campaign contributions from the NRA, directly or indirectly.

  • No, the NRA does not have too much influence on America.

    The NRA has been very beneficial in their views on guns in America. However, they do not have a great deal of influence. Their influence is only minimal even though it is absolutely necessary. There are many other groups that have a much larger influence in America then the NRA does.

  • The NRA's power is proportional to their support from the American public.

    It is popular for gun opponents to attack the NRA since it is the most visible pro-gun organization. The NRA is indeed powerful, but only because so many Americans support the NRA's mission. The NRA's power is simply a reflection of the opinions of the majority of Americans, who generally support the Second Amendment.

  • The NRA Doesn't Have That Much Influence

    The NRA has influence, but not as much as people think. Certainly not enough for people to be worried about them. The NRA's job is to protect out Second Amendment. Due to this, they are more dependent on the people than we are on them. If people want more or less armory in the country, it will happen and the NRA won't have much to say about it.

  • Not enough

    The NRA sells its members down the river whenever its politically beneficial. There job is to protect the second amendment which means the right to own enough firepower to overthrow the federal government. The NRA doesn't fight for the weapons we need. Arms and armor to realistically stand a chance against the Army not hunting rifles meant to look like real guns.

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Vox_Veritas says2016-01-21T23:18:59.610
Liberals: does the AARP have too much influence?