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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:28 PM

Poll Says Gun-Rights Supporters Fund Their Cause; Opponents Don't

The Pew survey also showed what it called a profound "activism gap" between gun-rights supporters and gun control advocates.

The survey, conducted Jan. 9-13, found that a slim majority of Americans 51 percent to 45 percent say gun control should take precedence. But:

"There is a wide gap between those who prioritize gun rights and gun control when it comes to political involvement. Nearly a quarter (23%) of those who say gun rights should be the priority have contributed money to an organization that takes a position on gun policy, compared with just 5% of those who prioritize gun control. People who favor gun rights are also about twice as likely as gun control supporters to have contacted a public official about gun policy (15% vs. 8%)."

The National Rifle Association has annual revenue exceeding $200 million. By contrast, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the affiliated Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, perhaps the foremost groups working for stricter gun laws, had annual revenue of around $6 million in their latest filings, from 2010.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/14/169362367/poll-says-gun-rights-supporters-fund-their-cause-opponents-dont

This is an old story, but it needs reposting in light of current events. IMO we can't put all of the blame for the failure of the background check at the foot of the NRA, I do think we have to look at our activism gap as a factor.









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Reply Poll Says Gun-Rights Supporters Fund Their Cause; Opponents Don't (Original post)
SpartanDem Apr 2013 OP
Tansy_Gold Apr 2013 #1
Robb Apr 2013 #3
Tansy_Gold Apr 2013 #9
MattBaggins Apr 2013 #2
SpartanDem Apr 2013 #6
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 #7
Joseph Ledger Apr 2013 #8
nadinbrzezinski Apr 2013 #4
99Forever Apr 2013 #5

Response to SpartanDem (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:31 PM

1. It's the fear factor.

"They" are more afraid of losing their rights (their guns) than "we" are afraid of the dangers.

People are always more active when they're more afraid.

"Their" leaders keep "them" fearful.

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:34 PM

3. Yes. And that effort, too, is expensive.

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Response to Robb (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:05 PM

9. Not at all.

It's actually very easy and very cheap to keep people fearful.

The money is collected from them, and spent buying the votes (based on a different fear) of the non-frightened.

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Response to SpartanDem (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:32 PM

2. Gun safety supporters are unfunded, gun safety opponents are well funded.

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Response to MattBaggins (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:50 PM

6. Supporters don't give money

5% give compared to almost a quarter of opponents. How much more would Brady get if a 25% of supporters gave money?

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Response to SpartanDem (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:57 PM

7. That is changing

 

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Response to SpartanDem (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:58 PM

8. Based on the numbers in the OP, they would only be outspent by 7 to 1 instead of 33 to 1.

 

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Response to SpartanDem (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:34 PM

4. If a candidate has an A or B from the NRA

 

You can forget about me voting for them...I don't care what party.

I want to remove these a-holes from Congress...

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Response to SpartanDem (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 04:36 PM

5. So...

... as I said in another thread, we get the representation we pay for, regardless of what We the People want.

We need to bribe our Senators and Congresscritters to do the right thing, eh?

Sounds about right. Ain't Plutocracy grand?

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