One of the big advantages on the National Rifle Association’s side of the ledger is that the NRA represents the various pro-gun factions -- gun manufacturers, owners, sellers -- with a single, unified voice. One of the big disadvantages on the ledger side representing gun control is the apparent factionalization, the absence of a single unified voice.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign, Demand a Plan, and now Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly’s Americans for Responsible Solutions are each and every one generating rational responses to our out-of-control gun culture and the need to stop the slide down the slippery slope of violence. But, and it is a big but, they do not speak with a single voice, with the financial clout of the unified NRA. And until we have that single voice providing the power of numbers and the power of the purse to finance political campaigns, Wayne LaPierre will continue to hold sway with his insane suggestions such as arming teachers and his disgraceful disrespect for the office of the president in referring to Obama as an elitist hypocrite.
The power of LaPierre and his NRA must be cut off and the only way for this to happen is with one unified voice for gun sanity. Integral to the activity of such a group would be its financial support for candidates who actively endorse significant gun control. Thank you, NRA, for pointing this out.
The challenge comes in not forming another gun control group, but in getting the ones already out there to unify into one cohesive association. With the power of numbers, the influence of Wayne LaPierre and the money stream from his NRA can be counterbalanced.
MARY JANE INCORVIA MATTINA