“If you want guns out of schools, get gun money out of politics.” That was the headline on a newspaper ad we ran fourteen years ago, shortly after the Columbine, Colorado shootings, in which 12 students and one teacher were killed.
National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has called the video game industry a “callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry.”
Many people might feel that this is a more apt description of the gun industry and LaPierre's own organization, which spends millions of dollars each year to buy influence and access in Washington in order to block any new gun safety legislation.
I've got your perfect Washington influence story here: Drywall safety bill passed by Congress was watered down by the industry so that *voluntary* safety regulations are decided by a committee of drywall manufacters and homebuilders. Congress pats itself on back.
In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Cuomo once again called for public financing and a broad reform agenda. New York Times editorial: "Most important, he vowed to start public financing for campaigns so that more candidates can compete against wealthy competitors." It ends with this: "It is a long, ambitious list. If Mr.
Yesterday during a reddit AMA, President Obama called for a constitutional amendment and reiterated his support for DISCLOSE and banning lobbyists from bundling contributions. As HuffPost points out, this isn't necessarily news--Jim Messina said Obama supported the amendment in February--but Obama bringing it up does add more weight.
With the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting last spring and the series of mass shootings this summer, there’s been an increased focus on our country’s weak gun laws and efforts by groups like the NRA to obstruct any attempt to curb access to firearms.
The NRA and its allies, along with small arms manufacturers, spend big money in politics to make this happen—and Pennsylvania is no exception.
Last weekend, Gov. Bobby Jindall (R-La.) was scheduled to appear at the “3rd Annual Second Amendment Rally” in Iowa, co-sponsored by the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the National Rifle Association.
It’s no surprise, the NRA loves Bobby Jindal. It’s lead national lobbyist, Chris Cox has said, “There’s no stronger pro-Second Amendment Governor in the country than Governor Bobby Jindal and NRA is truly grateful for his leadership.”
Public Campaign released a report today that traces the links between campaign contributions by gun interests and the pro-gun legislation proposed and passed by the Ohio legislature in recent years.
With the North Carolina legislative session ending Friday, one bill that never saw the light of day was an attempt to repeal "Stand Your Ground provisions" that passed in 2011.
This house bill (HB 1192) never made it out of the Judiciary subcommittee where it was introduced in May. Was the bill buried because the NRA has spent years building influence in the state and key legislators have benefitted and stand to benefit politically by supporting NRA positions?
Let’s look at the facts: