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1 jaunte  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 3:21:23pm

Resources for Investigating ALEC/NRA Gun Bills

The "Stand Your Ground" or "Shoot First" law that may protect the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) "model bill" that has been pushed in dozens of other states. The bill was brought to ALEC by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and was unanimously approved by an ALEC task force co-chaired by Wal-Mart and stocked by other special interests. Additionally, the corporate board members of ALEC, like AT&T, Koch Industries, and Kraft Foods, help facilitate the spread of these laws by financially underwriting its operations. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has compiled this list of resources to help reporters and other citizens expose ALEC and its agenda, as well as the long and close relationship between ALEC and the NRA.

2 sagehen  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 3:22:11pm

Everybody I know who joined the NRA was so they could get the magazine; apparently it's full of coupons??

3 Destro  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 4:53:08pm
refusal to even discuss policy with the president smacks of scam

Somewhere along the line in American politics the "slippery slope" idea came into the picture and has pretty much paralyzed both sides on compromises.

Raise taxes and slippery slope later we have communism.

Pass sensible gun laws and slipper slope later we have communism and govt run death camps for Americans.

Etc.

4 Obdicut  Sun, Dec 16, 2012 9:06:46pm

re: #3 Destro

No, it hasn't paralyzed both sides on compromise. The Democrats have repeatedly compromised.

5 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 4:24:51am
They also indicated that fundraising costs accounted for 46% of the contributions received.

Back when I was a member paying I think $25.00 a year dues they sent you the magazine, sent you a renewal gift, and then deluged your mailbox the entire year with big bulky mailings. I remember looking at the large manilla envelopes that had like $1.48 worth of printed postage on them and knowing that they were spending more on all the mailings (and the trinkets in them) than I was paying in dues.

Why did they send all the mailings? Every one was a plea for more money, either as a tax deductible donation or by signing up for all the higher various levels of membership. They have lifetime member, silver member, gold member, platinum member, diamond member, etc. I think the most expensive one where you got a fancy gold and diamond pin to go on your jacket to show off cost $50,000 back then.

You can also set up a trust to the NRA, make out your will to the NRA, leave or donate property to the NRA, and they have all kinds of ways to get tax write-offs thru various schemes that involve you giving them money. Just contact them about any of these and they will help you with the forms and paperwork or even send an area lawyer to help you if there is enough money involved.

Of course each mailing included some reason they needed the money, some imminent threat to the 2nd Amendment that only they could fight on your behalf. Washington was going to do this, or Washington was going to do that, maybe some state legislature was thinking about passing some law. There was always some desperate lobbying/legal battle that they needed more money RIGHT NOW to fight.

When Wayne moved into the big chair it didn't immediately get a whole lot worse, it happened over time. They did announce that they had "reorganized" the ILA and were giving it a magazine of its own. Every issue of both Mags now had an "opening letter" from Wayne that got progressively more crazy and paranoid sounding as the months passed. Wayne was scared of Clinton, he was a threat to the 2nd Amendment and to gun ownership. Clinton must be fought, we must not allow him to be elected! But he was...

So now the story was that Clinton and the NWO were coming for your guns. The U.N. blue-helmets would be searching house to house and confiscating them all any day now. If you tried to resist you would be killed or put into a concentration camp while the U.N. troops put your family out into the street. America was doomed as a free nation, all our rights would go out the window to be replaced by brutal foreign dictatorship and the only thing standing in their way was our guns! (sounds familiar now too huh?)

The NRA needed more money, lots more money, and they needed it yesterday. To fight this evil threat to the very existence of the country they needed more money than ever before. Only they along with their partners in Congress could protect us, but keeping the right people in Congress is very expensive. Influencing others in Congress who were not as committed is also very expensive. Lobbying is expensive, fighting legal battles in multiple states in expensive.

As expensive as it all had been before Clinton it was now worse because to fight him would require the NRA to double, triple, or quadruple its efforts to protect the 2nd Amendment from the insidious plots to destroy it. Blah, blah, blah, send more money...

When my membership came up for renewal again I ignored it, I let it lapse, I had had quite enough of the ever increasing craziness from the NRA. They still kept sending me mailings for another three years or so begging me to sign back up, or to at least donate some money to them. I was relieved when they finally gave up and stopped trying to contact me, but by then they had probably spent at least another $30.00 on postage though.

The NRA today certainly is not the NRA it once was, today it is a home to paranoid Birchers and Dominionists, and its major function seems to be promoting ridiculous conspiracy theories. All the better to keep the membership afraid enough to continue to send in ever larger checks.

6 Holidays are Family Fun Time  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 2:06:44pm

Yeah, we get much, much more mail from the ILA than the "foundation". We chuck it immediately. It's get's so tiresome.

The organization has changed and it's too bad. The education and safety programs are very good, but very few people know about them. They aren't advertised the way they should be.

Maybe the fear of communism waned and they felt the need to exploit another avenue for getting money. I'd really like to see a breakdown of the expenditures of the ILA.


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