Murphy Says Gun Lobby\’s Political Muscle Is Overrated

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Tuesday in a conference call with news reporters that the National Rifle Association’s reputation for political muscle in election campaigns is overrated. His office released a report that Murphy said he hopes will make members of Congress not be afraid to support gun-control bills in response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre.

“The NRA’s response to the tragic Sandy Hook shooting last month has been absolutely revolting and tone-deaf. It’s also been out of step with its own members, many of whom support common-sense anti-gun violence measures like universal background checks,” said Murphy. “This report starts to debunk the myth that if you cross the NRA, you have a political price to pay. We have to help Members of Congress understand that the NRA just isn’t what it used to be.”

The report, entitled \”Washington’s Paper Tiger: A Look at the NRA’s Ineffective Political Spending,\” used fundraising information from 16 contested U.S. Senate campaigns last year, as well as the national campaign for president. Murphy said in an emailed statement that it found that \”the NRA actually loses more races than it wins, and disproportionately spends money against Democrats.\”

He added that last year \”the vast majority of U.S. Senate candidates who were backed by the NRA lost their elections, as did Mitt Romney, the NRA-backed nominee for president. Additionally, candidates who were directly opposed by the NRA actually won more often than not. The report also reveals that nearly 75 percent of the total funds the NRA spent in the 2012 election cycle were spent against Democrats who support anti-gun violence measures such as background checks – a measure also supported by the majority of NRA members.\”

Congress is considering a comprehensive package of post-Newtown proposals by President Barack Obama, including reinstatement of a national ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — and as the process moves forward, Murphy said he plans to release more research that he said will show \”the ineffectiveness of the national gun lobby.\”

The newly elected Murphy has been vocal on initiatives aimed at reducing gun violence since he took office early this month.  He\’s joined six others in introducing a bill to restore the now-defunct ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines containing more than 10 bullets. Also, he is a co-sponsor with U.S. Rep. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., of the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013, which would require the same kind of instant background checks for the sale of ammunition that now are used for sales of guns.

The report says that the NRA\’s leaders have \”fostered an aura of political invincibility despite their mixed track record. In many ways, the NRA is a paper tiger when it comes to elections.\” For example, the report said,  the NRA spent more than $10.3 million against Obama in last year\’s campaign, and $2.7 million in support of Romney, \”but this spending did not affect the outcome of the race.\”

 

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4 thoughts on “Murphy Says Gun Lobby\’s Political Muscle Is Overrated

  1. Sam

    I am not an NRA member and dont really care how much political clout they do or dont have. I do find it amazing how naive these politicians are that they would think if they pass more gun laws that criminals and the insane will abide by them and crime will decrease. It sounds like they actually think these people will not be able to aquire these types weapons with their news laws in place. It just seems like some politicians have taken advantage of a terrible situation to further a few careers and push thru a political agenda they have been trying to get passed for years in the name of this terrible and horrific tragedy. This is a terrible shame. I have a question isnt this the same political majority that abolished the death penalty in connecticut and also pushed thru the early prison release program? They did this right after the Petit killers were convicted. So from what I see here I guess our politicians reward criminals and penalize law abiding citizens. Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country we dont need more. The only thing that adding even more gun laws will do is keep guns out of the hands of responsible gun owners that already follow the laws of our state. Try enforcing the laws we already have in place here in Ct.

    1. Kim

      Well said, Sam. The liberals and Democrats (is there a difference) will do anything to keep from addressing the real issues such as governmentt overspending, overtaxing, over-regulating, and the continual erosion of freedoms.

      It’s easier to spend weeks passing laws to limit the size of a soft-drink that we are allowed to drink, than to face reality and agree that the debt ceiling has everything to do with overspending.

      They pretend that the debt ceiling is not tied to spending and that we must increase the ceiling to pay the bills we’ve obligated ourselves to. They think that the citizens are scatter-brained enough that we don’t realize that politicians spend uncontrollably then use that spending as the very excuse to raise the debt ceiling.

  2. Kim

    This newly elected apparatchik blatantly lies when he said that if the new rules being considered were in place prior to Sandy Hook, there would not have been a Sandy Hook.

    Does anyone think Murphy (or Blumenthal) has any credibility on this issue? Especially when he pretends to know what NRA members REALLY think?

    Chris started off his term with lies – why expect any better now?

  3. jschmidt

    The NRA is only limited in the blue states, run by liberals, and in a fiscal mess. CT fits that bill. Murphy has done little for the state.

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