NRA and Congress — an Unholy Alliance

Of all the things that are on the web, one of the things I could not find is a list of House and Senate Members who do NOT accept money from the NRA. How sad.

The National Rifle Association has long been known as one of the heaviest hitters in Congress. With 4.3 million members, they represent a stunning 1.4% of the population. That’s right, 1.4% of the United States of America are members of the NRA. Pretty pitiful number for such a big roar, if you ask me.

They are a full service lobbying organization. They give heavily to Republicans and Democrats alike (though Republicans like the money more and take more of it), they give to a number of candidates in small amounts, yet managed to donate over a million dollars directly to people running for the House and Senate from both parties. Here’s a link to take you to that tracks the money. Of the 275 largest lobbies, they are number 17. But. They’re everywhere. And they go as a PAC, not as individuals.

Take a guess how much money the NRA spent on the last election.  $18 MILLION Wander around this site and see who’s getting the dough.

They’re even spreading the love, I mean the money, to COMMITTEES. What the hell do COMMITTEES need outside money for? OFFICE SUPPLIES? Can you say Boondoggles? I cannot imagine what on the face of God’s Green Earth the NRA could drop $18mil on for Congressional committees that does not involve golf, good wine, and girls. $18 MILLION, REALLY?

For more information on who the big hogs at the trough are, you might check out this link.

The Sunlight Foundation says that 47% of people in Congress (House and Senate) took money from the NRA. Saxby Chambliss is the biggest Senator at the trough, taking the maximum $10,000. Lamar Alexander and others follow.  In the House, the budget guru Eric Cantor is a big recipient. He might want to step out of the spotlight for a week or so…

As I said, the NRA is everywhere — they’re even in the Affordable Care Act. I read the Act — not in its entirety (I am sane and no sane person would read it for free). There is language to the effect that no physician can counsel a patient on guns. (“Sir, I’d like to tell you that easily accessible guns kill over 8,000 people a year. So if Junior’s looking at you sort of mean and weird-like, you might want to put them there assault rifles in the gun safe.”) Excuse me, but free speech trumps the NRA. But to even get verbage in the ACA at all shows the diffuse power of the group.

As I see it, the problem is in the same of the organization: National Rifle Association. It’s not adequate. I think they should rename themselves, the National Revolvers, Semi-automatic Pistols, Automatic Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, Uzi’s, AK-47’s, Assault Rifles, M-16’s, Machine Guns, Night Vision Sniper Rifles, Bazookas, Rocket Propelled Grenades, etc. Association. Truth in labeling and all that. Gotta have that “etc.” in there — you never know what’s coming down the pike in the gun business. Why they could invent a catapult that hurls big huge rocks. Oh, wait, they’ve already done that. Add in “Rock Catapults and Slingshots” before the “etc.” — just to be sure.

That or else stick to Rifles, plain old deer hunting weapons. As near as I can tell, the deer are the only ones totally opposed to those.

Oh, and for those of you who took money from the NRA, would you please give it back? It would make those of us who are sad feel a little bit better. Not a lot better, but a little bit. Then promise you won’t take any more.