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  •  Actually I think he did start the process (4+ / 0-)

    He statement about "we must come together to solve this, regardless of the politics" (paraphrase) is the money quote. Imo, and I know it's subtle, he threw down the gauntlet. And I don't think I'm the only with that opinion.

    So instead of "putting pressure on him" as if he really does ride that unicorn with lazer beams shooting out his hands - let's back him up, okay?

    Start by hammering Congress. Here's a link to all in both houses who get $$$ from the NRA:

    http://www.opensecrets.org/...

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    by jan4insight on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:17:31 PM PST

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    •  Exactly. I think it was the right response (3+ / 0-)
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      He initiated the conversation without giving the NRA a fundraising email, at least for now. This may sound cynical, but it makes sense for him to wait to see if there is enough public support for renewing the assault ban or any other gun legislation before pushing it. He has a Congress that is unlikely to pass anything on guns unless there is a massive groundswell of support for it, so until he can gage whether there is a snowball's chance in hell of making any progress on the issue it just doesn't make sense to call for specific legislation, which will do nothing but encourage more gun sales and more NRA donations.

    •  And yes, agree about having his back, and about (3+ / 0-)
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      starting by pushing Congress. I am proud that my new rep (Nadler) was actually the first one to call for legislative action after the shooting.

      Another important thing we can do is give to the Brady Campaign, http://www.bradycampaign.org/. The more resources they have, the more they can provide a counter-weight to the NRA. If members were even half as afraid of them as the NRA we'd have a more level playing field.

      •  Serendipity - I just found this quote by your (0+ / 0-)

        guy Nadler. He sounds like a good rep, congrats:

        "The NRA is the enabler of mass murderers" - Nadler

        New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler called for a “war” on the National Rifle Association in light of the mass shooting in Connecticut today in an interview with Salon, saying the gun lobby group is the “enabler of mass murderers.”

        Nadler, a rare fierce advocate of gun control on Capitol Hill, said the shooting should be a wake-up call to our “crazy attitude to guns” and the power of the gun lobby. He noted that other modern industrialized countries like the U.K., Sweden and Germany witness fewer than 50 gun homicides every year, compared to the roughly 10,000 people killed here. The difference, he said, is that they have “rational gun control regimes,” while we can barely even discuss gun control thanks to the power of the gun lobby.

        From http://www.democraticunderground.com/... with link to full article.

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        by jan4insight on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:28:28 PM PST

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