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Obama’s gun control road ahead: Half of Congress has received cash from NRA

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As President Obama continues to lay the groundwork for whatever gun control proposals he wants to launch through Congress, here’s what he’s up against: half of the current House members have received a campaign contribution from the National Rifle Association; 47 percent of the 435 members got some cash during the 2012 campaign.

Over in the Senate 42 of its occupants got an NRA contribution during the 2012 cycle; half of the current senators have received one at some point during their careers, according to the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. Plenty more where that came from as the NRA. It has 4 million members and an annual budget of $200 miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllion.

No California House members or senators made the NRA’s Top Ten list of recipients. But as Comrade Joseph told us in Thursday’s Chronicle, North Bay Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson — an avid hunter, gun owner and recipient of $4,000 in campaign contributions from the NRA during his career — will lead Obama’s commission on coming up with legislation.

One California Democrat who recently felt the power of the NRA — or rather, the lack of it — was conservative Central Valley Democratic Rep. Joe Baca, a longtime gun rights supporter, who recently lost his seat. He was targeted by anti-gun NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose super PAC spent $3.3 million on defeating Baca, one of several pro-gun legislators the mayor focused on ousting.

Baca told the Washington Post Thursday that he blamed the NRA for failing to back him up. He believes that he got frozen out because he did not support a resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents in connection with Operation Fast and Furious.

Baca said the NRA “left me high and dry, despite my years of strong support for Second Amendment rights.”

Joe Garofoli

One Response

  1. Gun toting liberal says:

    It has been studied by the military that violent video games enable soldiers to kill with more ease in battle then soldiers from former wars. We should be looking at this and not making more laws to ban our guns…