Is the National Rifle Association’s political clout overstated? NRA’s return on investment in their 2012 election campaign spending was less than one per cent, giving it the worst track record of all major political committees and organisations


“We have to be happy that a conversation is taking place. So many times when these shootings take place, for some reason there’s this push to take guns off the table, we can’t talk about the mechanism in which these mass shootings take place [but] that’s not happening this time maybe because of the horrific nature of [this crime].”

Christian Heyne, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence


US GUN LAWS:

  • The right to bear arms is set out in the 2nd amendment to the US constitution
  • Since 1982 there have been at least 62 mass murders with guns in the country
  • In the last 50 years, 15 out of 25 mass shootings took place in the US
  • The US has the highest gun ownership per capita in the world – with nine guns for every 10 people in the country
  • A study has shown that minors are 13 times more likely to be murdered with guns in the US
  • After Australia tightened its gun laws in 1996, murders with guns dropped 40 per cent

Is the National Rifle Association’s political clout overstated?

  • Polling conducted for the Center for America Progress suggests that it is. For instance, the NRA spent $13.4m trying to influence Congressional races in the 2012 elections but lost seven out of the eight targeted key races. They were similarly unsuccessful in the Senate races.
  • In the NRA’s three target states – Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia – only about a quarter of voters recalled hearing or seeing anything about the election from the NRA.
  • Overall, the Sunlight Foundation, a campaign finance watchdog, found that the NRA’s return on investment in their 2012 election campaign spending was less than one per cent, giving it the worst track record of all major political committees and organisations.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2012/12/2012121895811272151.html

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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