Why the NRA is Great

The NRA are great because they win campaigns. Their latest email to members says:

In the past, we’ve won countless legislative battles against anti-gunners, because politicians know that you’ll vote them out of office if they attack your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Bill Clinton gave them credit for knocking over the speaker in 1994:

? The NRA had a great night. They beat both Speaker Tom Foley and Jack Brooks, two of the ablest members of Congress, who had warned me this would happen. Foley was the first Speaker to be defeated in more than a century. Jack Brooks had supported the NRA for years and had led the fight against the assault weapons ban in the House, but as chairman of the Judiciary Committee he had voted for the overall crime bill even after the ban was put into it. The NRA was an unforgiving master: one strike and you’re out. The gun lobby claimed to have defeated nineteen of the twenty-four members on its hit list. They did at least that much damage and could rightly claim to have made Gingrich the House Speaker. ?
?Bill Clinton,?My Life pp 629-30

The NRA has 4.3 million members and these members are regularly told which politicians need knocking over. The grass roots are supported by professional campaigners and together they get politicians they don?t like beaten.

In a tight Presidential race in 2012 the way the NRA breaks could be decisive in the end result. Usually they would support the Republican candidate, and they have not liked Obama much, but Obama can point to record gun sales to show he is a pro-gun president.