Gun cartoon of the day

I cannot recall when the U.S. Congress ever approached anything like a NRA “theme store”. Other than getting the regulation against firearms in national parks thrown out (ETA: and being able to check your gun onto Amtrak) what law has the NRA been able to get legislated out of existence in the last 20 years?

Alternate reality. It has to be an alternate reality these people live in.

[This is a set up for a set of cartoons related to a NRA proposed theme restaurant in Times Square. Many people may not realize there was such a proposal.–Joe]

6 thoughts on “Gun cartoon of the day

  1. Liberal reasoning runs contrary to real reasoning. If they aren’t getting what they want, then automatically they assume that the “other side” is winning. Witness the furor a few years back about the evil Republican cuts to Medicare. There were no cuts. There was a reduction in the originally proposed increase in fund allocations. But a less than huge increase was ballyhooed as a “cut”.

    Same with gun control. If gun activists are successful in defeating wave after wave of proposed new controls, essentially just maintaining the status quo, that is perceived as “the NRA owns Congress.”

    To a liberal, not getting your own way is the functional equivalent to a four year old not getting a candy bar when he wants it. Tantrums and pouty breath holding ensue.

  2. There has been mitigation of harm. The sunset clause of the AWB. The Brady Act’s waiting period morphing into instant check.

  3. The cartoon implies that Congress is for sale, and the NRA owns congress because of the money spent lobbying.

    Like most cartoons it is of little substance underneath the symbolism. The title on the podium is the only attack at the NRA. The SEIU could have been the subject of the same cartoon with only a few letters changed.

  4. We also got the protection of lawful commerce act… but yes, aside from the AWB, precious little has been rolled back.

  5. Also, the NRA-ILA doesn’t influence Congress in the same way that the trial lawyers or the tobacco companies influence it. The latter two send money to Congressmen who vote their way, or else run ads for them, or against their opponents. The NRA-ILA and other 2A groups simply inform their own members about the records of elected officials, on an issue on which those members very definitely want to know those officials’ records.

    Basically, pro-2A groups aren’t lobbies so much as they are nonprofit liaisons between elected officials and the lobby that really matters: the 100-million-strong gun-owning public.

  6. It’s not so much alternate reality as it is a neglectful audience. I remember a “progressive” type talk show host in my state who lamented, after being fired due to economic hardship, that his target audience wasn’t particularly supportive. Sad but true. I was ideologically opposed and a reliable listener.

    The truth is that the corpus of disarmament legislation is a disarmer’s wish list; despite a huge landfill of trash legislation and a century of complete failure to make criminals less criminal, the chips didn’t start breaking off until the mid-90s.

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