Cynics are correct to doubt, despite the epidemic of school shootings around the country, that meaningful gun control policy will be forthcoming, even though over two-thirds of Americans want stricter gun laws. And everyone knows that there are two groups to blame: The NRA, and the politicians caught in its thrall.
To break the NRA’s stranglehold on politics, we have to directly address the attributes that make them so effective. This means democratizing political fundraising to limit the NRA’s financial firepower, and expanding the number of active voters to normalize the impact of NRA members in many districts where candidates are held hostage by the organization.
The NRA has given $40 million directly to both federal and state candidates, parties, and committees over the past 30 years, and spends millions more (at least $54 million in 2016 alone) in independent expenditures to turn the debate around gun control measures so toxic that even the smallest reform becomes politically dangerous.
I’m going to break in here to point out that $40 million over 30 years is a meager $1.3 million per year. When you consider how many candidates there are in this nation, that’s a drop in the bucket. Especially when compared to the nearly $44 million donated by labor unions (among the top 50 of all donators) to their allies in 2018 alone.
In other words, the amount of money spent by the NRA on politicians is outright meager compared to what some people spend.
Anyway, back to Eichen’s nonsense.
Hmmm, why don’t these gun control groups not have more cash? I mean if 2/3 of Americans support stricter gun laws? HMMMMM
Further the “NRA spends big money on politics” is a lie an egregious one. The power of the NRA is that its members vote! Politicians know that. In short they are held accountable by their constituents.
There is little that can be done to limit NRA spending in elections; the Supreme Court has all but forbidden any regulations. We have another option, however: We can raise the financial influence of ordinary Americans to counteract NRA spending through public financing of elections — a Supreme Court-approved policy.
Cities and states across the country have experimented with public financing. New York City developed one of the gold standards in 1988. Now, modest constituent contributions are matched at a rate of 6 to 1. That means a $10 contribution turns into $70, allowing small donors to propel a campaign.
And where pray tell dos this magic money, this “fair” money come from? Taxes? Yes, yes indeed. Now, taxes, last I knew were not voluntary. So, if the government takes your taxes and spends on elections……………..
The way to counter the NRA’s paltry influence in American politics? Make people donate to the opposition whether they want to or not by funneling tax dollars that direction.
BINGO! Remember, when the left says “power to the people” they mean power to us!