Gallup: Majority of Americans approve of the NRA

posted at 9:31 am on December 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

With all of the vocal and vociferous hatred directed at the National Rifle Association, in general and especially in the wake of the Newtown massacre, it would be easy to think that the NRA is a highly unpopular organization whose deplorable degree of ill-begotten political clout only comes from some nefarious combination of money and corruption. The denunciations of the gun-rights advocate range from fervently partisan to downright evil, and the condemnations might make it seem that their many ostensibly under-handed dealings are at cross-purposes with most Americans’ opinions.

The actual reason that the NRA has so much political clout, however, is merely because it has so much popular support. Progressives are quick to point out as fact that the NRA tirelessly works against both the American majority and widespread common sense, but the NRA has over four million active members and most Americans hold a favorable opinion of the organization, according to Gallup:

Fifty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, while 38% have an unfavorable opinion. The public’s ratings of the NRA have fluctuated since first measured by Gallup in 1993 — from a low of 42% favorable in 1995 to a high of 60% in 2005.

What is your overall opinion of the National Rifle Association, also known as the NRA?

… Favorable opinions of the NRA are much higher than average among the 45% of Americans who report having a gun in the household — although one in four view the NRA unfavorably. At the same time, four in 10 of those without a gun in the household have a favorable opinion of the NRA.

As Byron York points out, it’s worth considering that:

The NRA didn’t come up with the Second Amendment — they simply harnessed Americans’ widespread and deep-seated support for the Constitutional guarantee of the means for self-defense, in all its forms.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

The actual reason that the NRA has so much political clout, however, is merely because it has so much popular support


Truth.

Robert_Paulson on December 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

They do NOT, no one I know likes them the least bit-Michael Moore.

JFKY on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Much of the antagonism is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

Ask who likes gun grabbing leftwing bureaucrats or anticonstitutional idiots like Feinstein, and that would be a far better poll.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Gallup: Majority of Americans approve of the NRA

So what you’re saying is that the MSM is feeding us a lot of BS in its reporting of how everyone is upset with guns and their owners? Say it ain’t so.

dirtseller on December 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I hope liberals lose sleep over the NRA’s popularity. My membership expired a long time ago. I’m thinking it might be time to re-up just to make sure libs know my endless support is more official.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

And out of those 38%, how many responders blackballed NRA because it threw its weight behind Harry “The Pedo” Reid in Nevada?

Archivarix on December 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

They do NOT, no one I know likes them the least bit-Michael Moore.

JFKY on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Except maybe for his armed security.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

When I saw the “press” beating up on the NRA I signed my wife up. She won’t have anything to do with guns, but she supports the Bill of Rights, having come from a country that abused individual rights. Now I can get both American Rifleman and American Hunter!

claudius on December 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Much of the antagonism is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s true. There’s every reason to expect plenty of people who are serious about the second amendment contribute to their unfavorable number.

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Much of the antagonism is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

Ask who likes gun grabbing leftwing bureaucrats or anticonstitutional idiots like Feinstein, and that would be a far better poll.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

.
BINGO +++++++++++++++++++

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The majority of Americans support the United States Constitution and the rule of law.

Only the current White House leadership, almost all liberals and progressives do not.

That Second Amendment was designed to make sure that old and tattered Constitution remains after the liberals and progressives and other tyrannical elites have been long long gone.

But, if you ask a liberal or progressive, they will straight-face tell you that the Second Amendment is about muskets and hunting and protecting settlers from Indians, and no longer applicable in today’s modern, progressive enlightened society.

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Their favorable is also way higher than congress. All of this proves nothing if LaPierre loses the word battle. He can’t hunker down on the favorable. The truth about owning a gun needs to be spoken of at every opportunity. He was attacked for saying schools need armed protection yet many large school districts already do this. Don’t the parents know this? Wake up people and get involved in your schools. Don’t let elected or hired bureaucrats tell you what is best for your kids.

Kissmygrits on December 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

…I think I’ll join…just for the fun of it!

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

They do NOT, no one I know likes them the least bit-Michael Moore.

JFKY on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

How many armed guards does Michael Moore have? How high are his mansion walls? How large is the security detail at his iron gate?

Yeah… so some paper is reporting who has a gun permit in their county or something. Made a nice interactive map of it.

Time for someone to expose how many of these celebrities have gun permits, armed guards and high walls and security around their homes.

It’s all hypocrisy. I can’t afford a body guard or a security detail. None of these elites are going to give up their guns. None of them. But we are suppose to give up ours.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The actual reason that the NRA has so much political clout, however, is merely because it has so much popular support.

I love the way the left so quickly attacks this organization whose only real mission is protecting the Second Amendment. At the same time they give other organizations with political clout but far less noble missions a pass including AARP and the SEIU.

AARP is a corrupt product of the unions. It has a far-left agenda and will make billions through Obamacare. And yet there are many greedy stupid old people who will only give up their discount card when you pry it from their cold dead hand. And the food at a Cracker Barrel isn’t even that good to begin with!

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

But, if you ask a liberal or progressive, they will straight-face tell you that the Second Amendment is about muskets and hunting and protecting settlers from Indians, and no longer applicable in today’s modern, progressive enlightened society.

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Typical of liberals: always living in the 19th Century like Marx. and he was wrong to begin with!

My view is that modern weapons technology make the Second more imperative than when it was written, so that an armed free people have a shot at keeping their liberty against an oppressive Obama government.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Bravo, NRA. Bravo, LaPierre.

petefrt on December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ — Rham Emmanuel, then Obama Administration Cabinet Member. Now he’s the Mayor of Chicago, & he is trying to help Liberals take his advice by demanding legislation be passed America’s right to bear arms…of course Chicago just hit the ’500′ mark for gun deaths in 2012. Under Emmanuel homicides are up 17 percent over last year in Chicago, and shootings have increased by 11 percent. In the first three months of the year in Chicago, homicides ran about 60 percent ahead of the 2011 rate. Perhaps ‘Rhambo’ should focus on his own failed political career/leadership & find a way to get his own city’s violence/murders under control before trying to tell the rest of us how to resolve the nation’s gun ‘crisis’?!

Just curious…how do 500 murders in one year…in ONE (1) CITY…most of it black-on-black violence…get completely ignored by the media; yet, 1 case where an insane white guy kills 26 people gets elevated to the ‘nation’s biggest threat / problem’?!

& FYI — Obama says we have a culture problem in the US regarding guns & gun violence…don’t expect him to take on Hollywood to get it toned down – he receives a LOT of money from Hollywood actors/actresses/directors & movie moguls/owners like the Warner Brothers…funny how money is a great allibi/excuse from accountability….

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Much of the antagonism is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’ve certainly gotten the impression (over the last fifty years) that the NRA perks right up any time proposed legislation contains the phrase “by an NRA-certified instructor.”

PersonFromPorlock on December 28, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I love how the black supporters of gun control seem to have conveniently forgotten the origin of the NRA… it was formed after the Civil War, with one of its primary objectives being to arm newly freed black people so that they can defend themselves from the KKK. (Thanks, Wilkow!)

TMOverbeck on December 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

It’s all hypocrisy. I can’t afford a body guard or a security detail. None of these elites are going to give up their guns. None of them. But we are suppose to give up ours.

They only have those guns to keep you uncouth Proles in your place….

Once you are disarmed, they will disarm (mostly) except for the FBI(MVD) and the other State Security Forces.

JFKY on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

My instinct is that LaPierre’s bold proposal to put armed security at schools, followed by his unflinching defense of his statement, came across to most Americans as not “crazy,” but as a debatable but fundamentally reasonable option. He did the NRA some good.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

“A majority of Americans are incredibly stupid people, aren’t they?”

Piers Morgan

.
You just know he’s got to be thinking that.

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

It’s all hypocrisy. I can’t afford a body guard or a security detail. None of these elites are going to give up their guns. None of them. But we are suppose to give up ours.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Charleton Heston, when he was NRA president, once related a tale when the Rodney King riots were going on in LA. He said, though he never dropped names, that he got calls from a lot of liberal celebs asking if they could borrow one of his guns.

Heston’s first question was, “Do you know how to use one?”

Invariably, the lib didn’t. So Heston said he/she isn’t getting one of his.

Liberals are as phony as nine-peso coin.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Would the mullahs still be running/ruining Iran, would the Putin-oligarchs still be raping what is left of Russia, would the Chinese Communists be in power in Beijing, if those nations had anything similar to our Second Amendment, embraced by the people, in place?

To tyrants, the notion of our Second Amendment being the law of the land is onerous to their ability to subjugate the masses.

Ask anyone who survived, lived through or escaped a tyranny.

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I love how the black supporters of gun control seem to have conveniently forgotten the origin of the NRA… it was formed after the Civil War, with one of its primary objectives being to arm newly freed black people so that they can defend themselves from the KKK. (Thanks, Wilkow!)

TMOverbeck on December 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Black gun control these days seems to be about holding the pistol sideways – the kickback moving the barrel perpendicular to the plane of the human target – and still hitting the target.
/

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

The GOP could learn a lot from the NRA.

Appeasement never works. It doesn’t work with criminals. It doesn’t work with terrorists. It doesn’t work in war. It doesn’t work anywhere it’s tried. But the GOP just keeps appeasing the Democrats. And that is why they lose.

All the NRA ever does is continue to grow. In moments like these their membership goes up. But look at the GOP… when the fighting gets tough, they bend over and wave the white flag.

When the fighting gets tough the NRA rolls up their sleeves and starts throwing punches. And they win. Not every single battle.. but the majority of them. How many freaking battles has the GOP won lately?

The NRA has proven time and time again how to succeed politically.
Honestly…. I think the Democrat party copies the NRA.
If only the freaking GOP did.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The NRA is effective because it is apolitical although it is most associated with Republicans. Why? Because Republicans most often are in support of the 2nd Amendment. However, the NRA backs Democrats as avidly if they are pro 2nd Amendment too, a feature that often puts the NRA directly at odd with a majority of its conservative members. Personally, I am very happy they’ve gone this way as they are stronger for it. At the end of the day it is about preservation of fundamental rights not political parties.

And out of those 38%, how many responders blackballed NRA because it threw its weight behind Harry “The Pedo” Reid in Nevada?

Archivarix on December 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Ding! And it doesn’t mean they they are anti-gun either, just anti Harry Reid.

roy_batty on December 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Charleton Heston, when he was NRA president, once related a tale when the Rodney King riots were going on in LA. He said, though he never dropped names, that he got calls from a lot of liberal celebs asking if they could borrow one of his guns.

Heston’s first question was, “Do you know how to use one?”

Invariably, the lib didn’t. So Heston said he/she isn’t getting one of his.

Liberals are as phony as nine-peso coin.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I had forgotten that. You are correct.
It’s sort of humorous to imagine the thought process of the lib celebs as L.A. burned:

“That mean old NRA dude – Moses – Ape guy – yeah, me must have a temple with like 50,000 machine guns – - yeah, HE’LL have a gun for me!!!! –

*ring*ring*ring* Hello? Yeah, Moses, umm, I know *gunsRbad* but you know, mmmm, uhh,, things are getting kind of crazy so… you seem to know what you’re doing so….you know, could I borrow like a assault weapon or something – something big and black and scary???

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

.
Typical of liberals: always living in the 19th Century like Marx. and he was wrong to begin with!

My view is that modern weapons technology make the Second more imperative than when it was written, so that an armed free people have a shot at keeping their liberty against an oppressive Obama government.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

.
Right on !

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

My view is that persons legally armed make for less crime. Liberals never get that–either because they’re stupid or have evil intent.

All libs have, when it comes to guns, are lies and spiteful stunts like that tiny NY paper that ‘outed’ those with pistol permits.

If Moore wants my guns so bad, he’s welcome to come try getting them. And he can bring his armed security detail with him if he likes.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Just curious…how do 500 murders in one year…in ONE (1) GUN-FREE CITY…most of it black-on-black violence…get completely ignored by the media; yet, 1 case where an insane white guy kills 26 people gets elevated to the ‘nation’s biggest threat / problem’?!

easyt65 on December 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

FIFY

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

…you know, could I borrow like a assault weapon or something – something big and black and scary???

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Forgive me, but that there is funny and racist all in one. :-)

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The NRA has proven time and time again how to succeed politically.
Honestly…. I think the Democrat party copies the NRA.
If only the freaking GOP did.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

.
Some “third-party” has the GOP testicles in a lock-box, and it’s someone much higher than Hillary, or even Barack Obama.

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Much of the antagonism is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s true. There’s every reason to expect plenty of people who are serious about the second amendment contribute to their unfavorable number.

Axe on December 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

TexasJew is right. There are a lot of staunch 2A supporters who express a strong dislike of NRA and refuse to join precisely because of their accomodation and history of supporting gun control (like NFA 34 and GCA 68). I run into them all the time.
I’m a benefactor member and I’m not real enthusiastic about NRA anymore. In fact, I refuse to make any more contributions to NRA as long as certain people who made anti “assault weapon” remarks are still on the BOD.

single stack on December 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Some “third-party” has the GOP testicles in a lock-box, and it’s someone much higher than Hillary, or even Barack Obama.

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Probably a modern-day Clara Bow has the evidence.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Like from MAD magazine, I have a “Scenes We’d Like To See”…

Michael Moore coming for my guns, with his armed security detail:

Moore: I’m taking your guns.

Me: You aren’t getting them.

Moore: My guys are armed. Whatcha gonna do–shoot all of us?

Me: No. Just you.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

just crayons
-gibbsy

cmsinaz on December 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Gotta go… bad storm front coming in a couple hours and I need to get my prehistoric 8-mpg dinosaur running after some down-time because it’s cold and my back hurts and it’s like driving a waterbed and has a heater, unlike my old truck.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

My instinct is that LaPierre’s bold proposal to put armed security at schools, followed by his unflinching defense of his statement, came across to most Americans as not “crazy,” but as a debatable but fundamentally reasonable option. He did the NRA some good.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Yet, his idea was considered “radical” even though Barbara Boxer had suggested putting National Guardsmen in schools just days before without so much as a suggestion she was saying something “radical.”

The problem the NRA and by extension the Constitution and America have right now is the knee-jerk emotion that we have to “do something” to prevent another shooting spree like that at Sandy Hook. It’s a stupid but human response in light of such a tragedy. But it is also allowing the gun and Constitution-haters a platform in which to peddle the same old crap that they’ve been spewing for years. They don’t care about those 20 children other than what political advantage it gives them in the court of public opinion. IMO, now that we are two weeks after the tragedy, cooler heads are prevailing and nothing much more will be done. Diane Feinstein’s overarching and intrusive legislation was probably the high-water mark and it will go nowhere. It was politically DOA. If the rat-eared wonder wants to push “gun control” in his second term, it will blow up in his face and in the faces of any politician that attempts to ram it through.

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Perhaps it’s time to subject those who would run for public office to the following:

1) fingerprinting
2) photographing
3) background check
4) mental health evaluation

We do want to vet those who would hold power over us, wouldn’t we?

GarandFan on December 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Then you have the people that hate the NRA and think guns are sentient beings that take over people’s minds and force them to shoot people.

By those people I mean liberals.

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

single stack on December 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Yes. And to further that point, are we we to back the NRA statement for an armed guard in all schools? We should not support another sub agency probably will be entitled “Federal Security for the Safe Education of the People’s Children, FSSEPC. Also known as another public union. I guess the NRA has its place but they should be viewed as suspect given their past history and calls for more government employees.

LaughterJones on December 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

We do want to vet those who would hold power over us, wouldn’t we?

GarandFan on December 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And by all means their home addresses/ phone numbers need to be published.

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

My instinct is that LaPierre’s bold proposal to put armed security at schools, followed by his unflinching defense of his statement, came across to most Americans as not “crazy,” but as a debatable but fundamentally reasonable option. He did the NRA some good.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Even before LaPierre spoke, some school districts started putting armed police in place. Yesterday, in Utah, it was decided to allow training for teachers to concealed-carry. The 8-hr training seminar allowed room for 200 people, but ore than that showed up.

Despite the MSM hype, the gun-grabbers aren’t going to win as big as they hope.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Then you have the people that hate the NRA and think guns are sentient beings that take over people’s minds and force them to shoot people.

By those people I mean liberals.

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

And by liberals you mean anti-Constitutionalists.

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Feinstein bill requires grandfathered gun owners to register.

China requires Internet users to register names

petefrt on December 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Mr. Heston also said that he pointed out to some of his celeb “friends” who wanted to borrow firearms that they had made PSA’s cheering the bans and waiting periods that had been enacted. He told at lest one to apply for his permit and buy a firearm after the requisite waiting period.

oldleprechaun on December 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The NRA didn’t come up with the Second Amendment — they simply harnessed Americans’ widespread and deep-seated support for the Constitutional guarantee of the means for self-defense, in all its forms.

Our constitution will never be outdated. The right to free speech, the right to peaceably assemble, the right to self defense will all be rights worth fighting for a thousand years from now just as they are today and as they have been since the beginning of time.

This whole notion that somehow “it’s a new day and a new time” is a lie created by people who want to rob you of your freedom. It’s always been a new day and new time. These lies have always been there. They’ve always been used as an excuse to rob people of their liberty. The lie isn’t the thing that matters” what matters is will there be a people ready and willing to confront the lies and to defend the truth?

God give us some leadership within the GOP. You can turn water into wine and feed 5000 with a couple loaves and a few fish. Create backbone and courage where there is none. Turn boys into men and leaders from appeasers.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Mr. Heston also said that he pointed out to some of his celeb “friends” who wanted to borrow firearms that they had made PSA’s cheering the bans and waiting periods that had been enacted. He told at lest one to apply for his permit and buy a firearm after the requisite waiting period.

oldleprechaun on December 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I didn’t know that. Thanks!

And good for Mr. Heston. Nothing works better to tweak a liberal nose than making a liberal live by his own ‘rules’.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Amen.

I fully expect Boehner to cave today.

kingsjester on December 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I love how the black supporters of gun control seem to have conveniently forgotten the origin of the NRA… it was formed after the Civil War, with one of its primary objectives being to arm newly freed black people so that they can defend themselves from the KKK. (Thanks, Wilkow!)

TMOverbeck on December 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

B-b-but, the cartoon in the middle of “Bowling for Columbine” says that the NRA and the KKK were founded in the same year for the same purpose: to allow white people to use guns to intimidate black people! Who am I supposed to believe? The NRA, or Michael Moore?

(Yes. I know the answer to this question.)

JimLennon on December 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Abortion is an implied ‘right’ that Obama wants the government to pay for.

The right to bear arms is an explicit right.

Therefor, I demand a fully-automatic M-14 rifle and ammunition for it for the rest of my life paid for by Washington.

I would SO love to fire an M-14…

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Perhaps it’s time to subject those who would run for public office to the following:

1) fingerprinting
2) photographing
3) background check
4) mental health evaluation

We do want to vet those who would hold power over us, wouldn’t we?

GarandFan on December 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I’ve said already.. anybody who thinks they are going to try to just pass the old assault ban is fooling themselves. They are going to go for everything they can get. They probably won’t even have the bill written when they vote on it. I can see Pelose and Boehner both saying “We have to pass this assault weapons ban so we can see what’s in it.”

Yeah.. so I read too a few days ago. Someone said they wanted to know who was in the NRA, Expose those people too, as well as gun permit holders. Heck.. if you are a contractor and want a federal contract… Obama wants to know how you donate politically.

Maybe it is time to revisit who is or has been a member of the communist party. Lets publicize those names.

So the party that hated McCarthy sure is acting a lot like him now. At least like the lie they created of him.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM

My instinct is that LaPierre’s bold proposal to put armed security at schools, followed by his unflinching defense of his statement, came across to most Americans as not “crazy,” but as a debatable but fundamentally reasonable option. He did the NRA some good.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Some Hotgas users lov’n some big government eh? You may think a bold proposal is calling for TSA to protect your kids at school but I would prefer them getting to second base with people at the airport than them watching over my kids. No thanks.

All he did was reinforce the people’s wish for big government and to keep guns out of the hands of teachers. Security over freedom once again.

LaughterJones on December 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Of course the majority approve of the NRA. Knot-heads like Feinstein have just found another reason to advance their socialist/communist agendas and are reacting like slobbering, rabid dogs. Don’t yield to these slugs because I guarantee that your other Constitutional rights and freedoms will also soon be on the chopping block.

rplat on December 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Wow! It’s almost like some of the RINO’s were on the wrong side of this issue as well…

Mr. Arrogant on December 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Don’t yield to these slugs because I guarantee that your other Constitutional rights and freedoms will also soon be on the chopping block.

rplat on December 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM

They already are. Sotomayer’s decision yesterday basically says that freedom of religion is more a collective right (where have we heard that before?) than an individual one.

They’re not going to erode our rights per se. They’re going to simply make them collective ones. Either way, the individual becomes a slave.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Perhaps it’s time to subject those who would run for public office to the following:

1) fingerprinting
2) photographing
3) background check
4) mental health evaluation

We do want to vet those who would hold power over us, wouldn’t we?

GarandFan on December 28, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Theoretically these people are subjected to all 4.

But all background checks are subordinated to election results. We have people in power (with security clearances) who emphatically wouldn’t pass muster in sensitive civilian AND military roles.

CorporatePiggy on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Riiiiiight.

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

You’re not welcome here, because all you do is lie. You’re just another typical cookie-cutter liberal.

But you would be welcome at HuffPo.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I love how the black supporters of gun control seem to have conveniently forgotten the origin of the NRA… it was formed after the Civil War, with one of its primary objectives being to arm newly freed black people so that they can defend themselves from the KKK. (Thanks, Wilkow!)

TMOverbeck on December 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Tell me about it.

And here you’ve got Planned Parenthood… the 3rd leg of the Democrat party.. originally formed to abort black people.. and blacks vote overwhelmingly for the Democrats.

I bet if you were to ask college kids today.. do a man in the street interview.. what party supported slavery in the South.. they’d say Republicans.
The GOP has failed miserably at getting their message out. They allow their enemies to define them. Every tool they could use to expose the lies of the left… like the origins of Planned Parenthood for example… they are embarrassed to use.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

The GOP has failed miserably at getting their message out. They allow their enemies to define them. Every tool they could use to expose the lies of the left… like the origins of Planned Parenthood for example… they are embarrassed to use.

JellyToast on December 28, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Maybe I’m being too cynical, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pubs and Dems become one Party in the next four years, like how the AFL and CIO became one union in the 50s.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Scared of boomsticks.

CurtZHP on December 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Would the mullahs still be running/ruining Iran, would the Putin-oligarchs still be raping what is left of Russia, would the Chinese Communists be in power in Beijing, if those nations had anything similar to our Second Amendment, embraced by the people, in place?

To tyrants, the notion of our Second Amendment being the law of the land is onerous to their ability to subjugate the masses.

Ask anyone who survived, lived through or escaped a tyranny.

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

This is the bottom line and why any educated person would be an absolute fool to support the unconstitutional anti-gun lobby’s of the left.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Join the NRA here. Only $25/year

aquaviva on December 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Riiiiiight.

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

^^^ Gun grabbing communist

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

…I think I’ll join…just for the fun of it!

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I just joined last month – so add 1 more to those membership numbers.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Some “third-party” has the GOP testicles in a lock-box, and it’s someone much higher than Hillary, or even Barack Obama.

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

.
Probably a modern-day Clara Bow has the evidence.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

.
I had to “wiki” that, as I’d never heard of her before.

WOW ! … Why hasn’t her name been mentioned with the rest of the “silent film era” stars?

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Gun bans don’t work.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323777204578195470446855466.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

After Great Britain banned private ownership of handguns and confiscated guns from registered owners, the number of gun crimes in Britain doubled.

AZCoyote on December 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Liberals think it’s a ‘fight’ to steal the rights and earnings of others. But when it comes to a real fight, in the ugly real world, they scream for someone else to be put at risk to save their sorry worthless arses.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

440 children shot in your gun-free nirvana Chicago so far this year…..
…..crime rates shooting up in places like Britain after they institute gun bans…….

and your solution is more of the same…….

Tell us motherland….how good did it feel to pull the lever for your boy king Obama that has made the biggest arms deals in our Nations History…..even going as far as arming al-qaeda.

……….has sold military assault weapons to drug cartels that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people including American law enforcement……

…………..and has launched a war without Congressional approval against an oil rich country that did not attack us or pose an imminent threat……uses drones to blow up “insurgents” and the civilians around them…..and has expanded warrant-less wiretapping to all new levels..


Credibility is certainly not a strong point with you.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

My instinct is that LaPierre’s bold proposal to put armed security at schools, followed by his unflinching defense of his statement, came across to most Americans as not “crazy,” but as a debatable but fundamentally reasonable option. He did the NRA some good.

cane_loader on December 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Even before LaPierre spoke, some school districts started putting armed police in place. Yesterday, in Utah, it was decided to allow training for teachers to concealed-carry. The 8-hr training seminar allowed room for 200 people, but ore than that showed up.

Despite the MSM hype, the gun-grabbers aren’t going to win as big as they hope.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Our school district in Colorado Springs, and several others throughout the state, already does this. Local city cops spend the day, or some portion of it in the schools – and yes they are armed.
It’s a very sane proposal by the NRA, and can be easily handled at the local level.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Here’s another tidbit for you, libbie: I rather be able to defend myself and my family than dare ask a cop to put his life at risk for me and mine.

You, on the other hand…

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The same percentage think our government consists of incompetent
a$$hats at the very least – and at the very most – well, you know.

The percentages of gun owners and persons that think our government
is a failure and/or criminally responsible is growing.

BTW, it is only our government and its media that are
bashing the NRA. Private citizens, even the whacked out ones,
know that at some point they will have to defend themselves. And a kitchen table knife will not work very well.

Amjean on December 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Outstanding!

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

But all background checks are subordinated to election results. We have people in power (with security clearances) who emphatically wouldn’t pass muster in sensitive civilian AND military roles.

CorporatePiggy on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Absolute truth there. Obumble and many other politicians would not be able to pass the background investigation required (as I had to) to get a DoD security clearance as a contractor with their history of drug use and legal problems.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Liberals think it’s a ‘fight’ to steal the rights and earnings of others. But when it comes to a real fight, in the ugly real world, they scream for someone else to be put at risk to save their sorry worthless arses.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 10:52

Exactly…..
..reminds me of how much they whine and cry about our Soldiers killing “civilians” and how much “war is not the answer”……
……….until it’s a democrat launching war…..then they call it “smart power”….

When these liberal politicians and their activists Hollywood friends give up all their gun toting security and gated communities is when they might start having a little bit of credibility on this issue….
….until then don’t tell me I can’t protect myself while you walk around in your Ivory tower sanctuaries protected by people with “scary guns”…..

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Riiiiiight.

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM

.
Yeah, Gallup is pretty much without credibility, after the election.

I think TexasJew got it right, earlier.
.

Much of the antagonism (towards the NRA) is from the millions of gunowners who see the NRA as being too accomodating to the gun grabbers, take out that vote, and they are more popular than Santa Claus.

Ask who likes gun grabbing leftwing bureaucrats or anticonstitutional idiots like Feinstein, and that would be a far better poll.

TexasJew on December 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

listens2glenn on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Our school district in Colorado Springs, and several others throughout the state, already does this. Local city cops spend the day, or some portion of it in the schools – and yes they are armed.
It’s a very sane proposal by the NRA, and can be easily handled at the local level.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Virginia Beach does the exact same thing. Local cops are assigned to each school.

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Ted Kennedy’s personal security entourage used to carry fully-automatic mini-Uzis.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Our school district in Colorado Springs, and several others throughout the state, already does this. Local city cops spend the day, or some portion of it in the schools – and yes they are armed.
It’s a very sane proposal by the NRA, and can be easily handled at the local level.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Yes it is…just ask David Gregory and Obama whose children are protected by armed guards in their schools.
…matter of fact…that’s probably where Gregory got his “big scary clip” he used on TV…..from the Home Room security detail at his 1% private school sanctuary.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

You’re not welcome here,

Who are you? Admissions Officer? I’m as welcome here as you.

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

What I’d like to ask of the Michael Moores of this country is, if you’re so loved, loveable, and cutting edge–the voice, heart, and conscience of this country as you claim–why do you need armed guards?

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Ted Kennedy’s personal security entourage used to carry fully-automatic mini-Uzis.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Heh!!….
……….to bad they didn’t carry scuba gear…Mary Jo might still be alive today.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Ummm. As long as you stay within the terms of usage, the Moderatators will allow you to stay. However, if you will take a self-assessment, you will notice that very few of the posters here actually agree with you or give any credence at all to your contributions.

kingsjester on December 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Virginia Beach does the exact same thing. Local cops are assigned to each school.

darwin on December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I will say though that I also favor allowing teachers and school staff to be armed – if they choose to do so and have a CCP/CCW.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

…I think I’ll join…just for the fun of it!

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I just joined last month – so add 1 more to those membership numbers.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The NRA was a hairs breath away from endorsing Harry Reid in 2010. Think about that a second. They would also support tons of house democrats in 2010 over repubs even though that would help Pelosi in the long run.

No, I will not join the NRA. They are becoming unprincipled and with their latest push for more government TSA in schools, I cannot support them.

LaughterJones on December 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

lostmotherland on December 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

No. You’re allowed by Management, just as I am. And that’s where it ends.

What makes you unwelcome, by all to have to suffer your putrid presence, is yourself. As evidence, I submit how you are disdained by most posters here. But you brought that on yourself. So stop being a liberal crybaby for once.

You were a ghoul the day Sandy hook happened, being unwilling to let us grieve in peace. You don’t like at all, a fact you have made clear over and over. I didn’t expect liberals to grieve with us, so you’re off the hook there. But the least you could have done that awful day was stopped being political about it all. Instead, like the vampire and horrid liberal carrion-seeking ghoul you are, you attacked us when we were hurting. You showed none of that much-touted liberal ‘mercy’ at all.

You’re allowed here, just as I am. You being ‘welcome’, far as I have seen for a long time, is another story.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Gallup:

NRA approval rating: 54%. (Obama is only at 56%)

NRA disapproval rating: 38%.

Otis McDonald and Shelley Parker > Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein

Resist We Much on December 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

No, I will not join the NRA. They are becoming unprincipled and with their latest push for more government TSA in schools, I cannot support them.

LaughterJones on December 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

LaPierre didn’t say anything about putting TSA in charge of guarding schools. He made a perfectly reasonable point that we need armed security at our schools. Lots of schools already have private armed security (as Sidwell does), or they have local cops assigned to spend time at the schoools – they’re called “Resource Officers” in my area.

You’re free to join or not join anything you want (just as I will never join AARP), but in my view, under the current circumstances, the NRA is possibly the best hope we have to defend the 2nd Amendment.

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

coldwarrior on December 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM
My view is that persons legally armed make for less crime. Liberals never get that–either because they’re stupid or have evil intent.

All libs have, when it comes to guns, are lies and spiteful stunts like that tiny NY paper that ‘outed’ those with pistol permits.

If Moore wants my guns so bad, he’s welcome to come try getting them. And he can bring his armed security detail with him if he likes.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Libs aren’t stupid. Look at the masterful job they with the dumbing down of our schools, the wonderful ghetto life culture, the breakdown of the 2 parent family, the huge uptick in fatherless children, the total destruction/assimilation of the main street media, the ability to present the tanking of our currency as “right wing” extremism, the pushing through of double digit growth in government as “cuts” when they only grow single digit annually, the pushing through of government healthcare and the willful re-election of some of the most treasonous and destructive president and congress that will end up destroying the greatest model of governance ever put together on the planet.

They are the devil’s spawn but not stupid.

Just like the middle east the acid test on our country will come when the military is asked to fire on it’s own citizens. They did in the civil war and they did at kent state so I have little doubt they will. If I were and NRA exec I’d be expecting “visitors” at the door in the next 3 years. Kind of like the night of the long knives.

acyl72 on December 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

acyl72 on December 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

True, Hell does have its own way.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM


Grim milestone: Austin shooting 500th homicide in Chicago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-2012-homicide-toll-20121228,0,5456581.story

Jackson was standing outside a store in the Austin neighborhood around 9 p.m. Thursday when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. His death was the 500th homicide in Chicago this year, marking a grim milestone.

Damn good thing liberals are in charge there and have instituted such successful gun bans and restrictions……
………..just a nirvana of peace and happiness in the back yard of the Unicorn Prince Obama.

…..Hey…here’s a great liberal idea…..
………….let’s ban them everywhere so that the whole country can be just as blood soaked and run by vicious criminals as it is in Chicago.

Dam# liberals are smart.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

45% of Americans who report having a gun in the household

I wouldn’t bank on that number.
I would never confirm or deny any guns in my home.

J_Crater on December 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

You were a ghoul the day Sandy hook happened, being unwilling to let us grieve in peace. You don’t like at all, a fact you have made clear over and over. I didn’t expect liberals to grieve with us, so you’re off the hook there. But the least you could have done that awful day was stopped being political about it all. Instead, like the vampire and horrid liberal carrion-seeking ghoul you are, you attacked us when we were hurting. You showed none of that much-touted liberal ‘mercy’ at all.

You’re allowed here, just as I am. You being ‘welcome’, far as I have seen for a long time, is another story.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You’ve got to understand this one point about the left. Liberals consider the shooting at Sandy Hook to be an early Christmas gift. They were high-fiving at the Brady Group and White House when they discovered that the body count included 20 children. You say that one of the HA trolls was ghoulish on December 14th. I would argue that those of this ilk have been ghoulish every day since. Politicizing those 20 little caskets to try and manipulate public opinion to their way of thinking. The first of the funerals wasn’t even planned before they started in on trying to grab guns.

In short the left has shown no empathy, compassion, or concern about the victims of Sandy Hook. They’ve been too busy attacking the Second Amendment.

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

If Moore wants my guns so bad, he’s welcome to come try getting them. And he can bring his armed security detail with him if he likes.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Moore is to much of a liberal elitist to know what the he!! he wants:

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-moore-calm-down-white-people-and-put-away-your-guns

“In his blog, Moore said that Connecticut’s tough gun laws “did nothing to prevent” Adam Lanza from killing 20 children and 6 others at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Tough gun laws “won’t really bring about an end to these mass slayings and it will not address the core problem we have,” Moore said.
“Connecticut had one of the strongest gun laws in the country. That did nothing to prevent the murders of 20 small children on December 14th.”

He said a “dirty little fact” liberals do not want to discuss is that the “killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds – i.e, the men with the guns.”

“When he saw the guns a-coming, he stopped the bloodshed and killed himself,” Moore said of Lanza.
“Guns on police officers prevented another 20 or 40 or 100 deaths from happening.”

“Guns sometimes work,” he said.


Despite those views, Moore supports stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the massacre, including a ban on “automatic AND semiautomatic weapons” and magazine clips that hold more than seven rounds.

So duke of dumbsh!t admits that the guns laws he and his liberal followers support won’t work….yet he still wants to basically dis-arm law abiding citizens anyway.
…and of course he will not tear down his security gates or get rid of his security details that protect him and the places he frequents with the rest of his elitist liberal friends.

The idiocy of liberalism in a nut shell.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Happy Nomad on December 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I totally agree with you. But I aimed at the scummy lib who dared show his face here. He’s just the convenient target-of-the-moment.

The trolls that awful day, and every other lib, burned out the last of my patience with them and their brethren. I know it’s a not a matter in God’s greater scheme of things, but I will never forgive the trolls for what they did to us December 14. Liberals, and especially the trolls here that day, gave no quarter when they should have given it and we were silently asking. It was a day of grief, but the trolls like lostmotherland saw an ‘opportunity’.

The day Ted Kennedy died, there were a few who were glad he was gone. But the rest of us shut down that kind of talk though we didn’t like the man, either. Most of us tried being polite about it, not trying to make sport of his passing.

But what lostmotherland, his fellow trolls, the liberals did on that horrid December 14th is, in my mind, unforgivable.

You know, it’s funny. Libs that day thought they were giving their very best to their ’cause’. Sad thing is that the very best a liberal can give is the absolute worst that one person can do to others.

Liam on December 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The idiocy of liberalism in a nut shell.

Baxter Greene on December 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The Idiocracy is here – and libtards like Moore are chugging down the Brawndo as fast as they can….

dentarthurdent on December 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Comment pages: 1 2