Can I get a witness? Can I get a Democrat with some guts?
The National Rifle Association sent me a membership card this week (bad data quality management on that mailing list). Just like Wayne LaPierre's lying phone calls, the recruitment letter flings vague and unsupported accusations that hundreds of wild-eyed liberal politicians are coming for my guns.
Reality check: the National Rifle Association is, alas, as powerful as ever. I just learned on NPR's Morning Edition that my dear Congressional Democrats have rewritten a campaign finance bill (the DISCLOSE Act) specifically to exempt the NRA. The Humane Society and AARP also qualify for the exemption, but the AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce, and MoveOn.org do not. But the rewrite was intended primarily to keep the NRA from wielding its lobbying clout to block the bill, which responds to this winter's egregious Citizens United Supreme Court ruling by requiring corporations to disclose their funding for political ads.
The DISCLOSE Act isn't even a Second Amendment issue—it's First Amendment!—yet the NRA can wield effective veto power over chicken-hearted Dems, whose Congressional gains have come thanks in large part to recruiting candidates beholden to the gun lobby.
Don't believe the NRA propaganda. Your guns are not in peril. The NRA's DISCLOSE Act exemption shows it can stop legislation at will.
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