There are roughly 70 million firearm owners in America. About 4 million folks are members in the NRA.(claims vary from 3.5 to 4.5 million members) which means like me, not many firearms owners choose to support the NRA’s radical postiions. Why DOES such a small group of folks hold so much power? (Hmm, look at AIPAC membership as well.)
AARP has over 22 million members, and gee, they actually get benefits from membership, and represenation for sensible and viable legislation! While they oppose radical changes to Social Security, AARP does recognize that “down the road” some adjustments, NOT “privatization”, will be needed to “balance the budgets”. Their stance is defensive, but not like the NRA’s; deplorable.
Why DO so many in Congress fear the NRA? Why do they ignore the fact that the majority of those 70 million firearms owners SUPPORT stronger background checks, limits on magazine capacity, and sensible “regulation” as required by the Constitution?
Also, with 4 million members, where does the NRA money actually come from to like well, pay Wayne La Pierre over $900,000 a year?
The Second Amendment, like the First, needs to be analyzed with a view toward the body of the Constitution, that limits spending on an “army” to two years at a time to prevent a “standing army” of size (thus the need for WELL REGULATED militias under control of THE GOVERNMENT), or Article Six that clearly states religion is NOT a part of our government, period.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler