“He’s an odious little grifter and it’s time for him to go.”
— Fox News host Steve Hilton, quoted by The Hill, on National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.
“The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016,” according to new tax records obtained by the Daily Beast. “Nearly a fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group. … More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior.”
Sen Marsha Blackburn on Thousand Oaks: “What we do is say how do we make certain that we protect the Second Amendment."
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 8, 2018
NRA responds: Come by the office and pick up your check, Marsha.
“I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.”
— Ted Nugent, interviewed by Newsmax, on the Parkland students’ demands for new gun control laws.
From Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law at Mic.com:
The founders would look at us today and be very puzzled. The idea that anybody could get a weapon of war, walk into a school and shoot it up, I think they would that was crazy.
What’s the exact wording of the Second Amendment? It’s very short. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” And we’ve been debating about what that means for centuries.
The founders thought that the Second Amendment was about protecting against tyranny. They really thought that these militias of citizen soldiers could stand up to a potentially tyrannical central government. But they thought, as they said, that they had to be well-regulated, they had to be following the laws.
“We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America’s schools. Period.”
— NRA President Wayne LaPierre, on C-SPAN in 1999.
Time Magazine: “Scott who is strongly considering a Senate run to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, is like Rubio, a favorite among the NRA, who noted in 2014 that he had signed ‘more pro-gun bills into law — in one term — than any other Governor in Florida history.’ Nelson and Scott have contrasting ratings from the NRA: Nelson has an F and Scott has an A+.”