Here’s $24 million reasons politicians fear the NRA. Should they? (VIDEO)

The simple answer to why few politicians have dared propose any new gun control legislation: They fear the lobbying power of the National Rifle Association.

But should they? Yes, the NRA spent $24 million on the 2012 election cycle, but as we’ve written before they had one of the WORST return-on-investments of any outside spender. Only 2.2 percent of the campaigns they supported in 2012 had the desired result, according to the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.

In 2012, the 141-year-old NRA spent $16.8 million either to support or oppose federal candidates, according to the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.

That included $5.8 million against President Obama, who pledged during his Sunday night speech in Connecticut to …”

The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action also spent another $7.45 million on candidates, including California Republicans Ricky Gill, Rep. Jeff Denham, Rep. Gary Miller, Rep. Brian Bilbray, David Valadao and Tony Strickland.

As Sunlight put it, “The NRA has spent 73 times what the leading pro-gun control advocacy organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has spent on lobbying in the 112th Congress ($4.4 million to $60,000, through the second quarter of 2012), and 4,143 times what the Brady Campaign spent on the 2012 election ($24.28 million to $5,816).”

Here’s what Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday on “Meet the Press” about her plans to introduce the assault weapons ban:

Joe Garofoli