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The NRA: Drowning out Marylanders

Here are a few of the voices that have been drowned out by the NRA propaganda machine.

By Zoe Pagonis, Director of Digital Strategy

The majority of Marylanders, including many responsible gun owners, support common sense legislation to prevent gun violence. But the PR wing of the NRA, lobbyists for gun manufacturers, and others who want to block any and all gun safety ideas would have you to believe otherwise. For weeks, they’ve been spreading falsehoods and using scare tactics to mislead Marylanders.

They may be shouting louder, but Marylanders know better. Here are a few of the voices that have been drowned out by the NRA propaganda machine.

They are joined by many organizations including:

MSEA
Maryland Police Chiefs
MD State Conference of NAACP
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Psychiatric Association
Advocates for Children and Youth
Baltimore Jewish Council
Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
Marylanders Against Gun Violence
One Million Moms 4 Gun Control
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Maryland Center against sexual assault
Women’s Law Center
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Mission of Maryland
Ecumenical Leaders Group

And thousands more Marylanders across our State

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Jay Levy February 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Chuck asks why the U.S. should sign onto a treaty banning indiscriminate sales of arms on the international market. Simple, It will take the U.S. into a world leadership role of preventing terrorists from easily gaining access to weapons. If we lead by example, why wouldn't the rest of the arms producing nations not follow?
Chuck Burton February 14, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Do you really think the nations I mentioned, as well as a good number of others will follow the lead of the US, if we were so foolish as to try to "lead by example", as mentioned? Haven't we had enough of trying to be world leaders? Where has it gotten us, except increasing paupery? We were once the wealthiest nation on Earth. but now we keep sliding down the list, because we keep trying to buy the world's love. Where has it gotten us?
Sanchez February 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!
Jay Levy February 14, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Chuck, now that you've focused on the U.S. "trying to buy the world's love," may I offer you some facts on how untrue your statement is. By causing millions of deaths in Vietnam, not to mention hundreds of thousands more of civilians in Iraq and elsewhere, that's a mighty bad way to spread love. As far as how we spend our money abroad, the U.S. ranks almost last among all industrialized countries in per caput foreign aid spent to help others. In fact the annual expense for the U.S. Peace Corps is less than the annual budget for U.S. military bands.Your overall message here is that we would be wrong to" lead by example" when it comes to helping solve the world's major problems. What a sad thought that by assuming world leadership in efforts such as leading the fight against climate change, the rampant spread of weapons, world hunger, etc.the U.S. would be "foolish."
CP February 14, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons. The stupidity continues.
Chuck Burton February 14, 2013 at 07:35 PM
They haven't heard of the 4th Amendment? That would be unConstitutional unless compensation was given. Could MIssou afford it?
Chuck Burton February 14, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Just saying it would be useless.
Kongo February 14, 2013 at 08:01 PM
To all these gun control do-gooders: firearms and gunpowder are never going to be uninvented. Pandora's box was already opened. You just have to live with it.
Kongo February 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
What a ridiculous argument, Jay Levy. I'll tell you one reason why arms producing nations, which includes just about everyone, won't follow the US. Money.
Steve February 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
LOL Stupid is right. Another one fooled by Dana Loesch.
Steve February 14, 2013 at 08:37 PM
The NRA donates lots of money to a shady group which buys up Judges and States Attorneys. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/14/1591381/meet-the-shady-secret-money-group-helping-the-nra-buy-up-judges-and-attorneys-general/
Steve February 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
The firm behind the NRA's propaganda machine which keeps it's sheeple in line. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/ackerman-mcqueen-pr-firm-has-been-behind-nras-provocative-ads-for-decades/2013/02/13/fedb70b4-7155-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html
Sanchez February 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Steve 4:42 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2013 "LOL Stupid is right. Another one fooled by Dana Loesch." http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB545&year=2013&code=R HB 545 Makes it a class C felony to manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell, or transfer any assault weapon or large capacity magazine http://www.house.mo.gov/billcentral.aspx?pid=26 Insert bill number 545. Educate yourselves. I am sure the source linked will be slurred and dismissed and the denialsand belittling will continue.
AG February 19, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Steve, you are friggin' clueless. NRA is so powerful because there are so many people who believe in freedom. You democRAT lemmings follow what your leaders tell you. You say the talking points, you think the NRA is strong because of PR firm, and you vote for crooked people like O'Malley, ignoring his land deals, school board screw-ups, and his adulterous affairs.
Steve February 19, 2013 at 08:14 PM
The NRA is pretty far out there. Now the President of the NRA is appearing on a 9/11 conspiracy theorists radio show to espouse another conspiracy theory that the United Nations is out to confiscate American's firearms. http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/19/nra-president-appears-on-9-11-truthers-televisi/192716 Armed Nutcases!
Just a guy February 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Somebody is deluded. The NRA isn't as powerful as you might think. In the last election cycle, the NRA got a ..01% return on the money they invsted in candidates. A pretty shabby result. As for exactly who supports the NRA, member dues account for about 1/3 of the NRA income. The other 2/3's comes from gun manufacturers. So who do you think the NRA is really supporting? That said, banning guns is really pretty stupid and nieve. It can't and won't work. But closing the gunshow loophole and universal background checks in NO WAY infringes on the right to bear arms, and yet the NRA which once supported the checks, is now against it. Go figure.
Jay Levy February 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
To the argument that the NRA somehow is about "freedom,", I agree that it is definitely is...about the freedom of gun manufacturers to peddle their wares not only in the U.S., but also around the world, all without interference from we who are demanding reasonable accountability for those responsible for spreading there products which can take lives so easily. Freedom indeed!
sp0t February 20, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Chuck, Obama and O'Malley (and their policies) are not even remotely close to anything resembling Socialism. Someone should take the time to understand the philosophy and it's aspects before using the term incorrectly. Obama and O'Malley are left-leaning moderates at best and this is reflected in nearly all of their policies. Educate yourself before you regurgitate outlandish and inaccurate claims.
sp0t February 20, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Chris W, So are the oil, coal, and gas companies that receive billions of dollars in subsidies and pay little to no taxes "liberal" because they are taking money from our pockets? What about members of congress like Paul Ryan who gladly accept social security assistance when they are eligible and then demonize the program once they cash their check? As far as I can tell the people who receive the most money "from your pocket" can hardly be considered liberal organizations or individuals. Educate yourself before you make such silly claims.
sp0t February 20, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I tuned that lunatic out back when he equated the Secret Service with Nazis. His claim that more guns will lead to less gun violence is even more ridiculous. Whatever land people like LaPierre come from appears to be devoid of nearly all logical thought. If there were any validity to LaPierre's recommendations or claims he probably wouldn't have to BS to get his point across.
sp0t February 20, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Sanchez, I hate to say it but what you're suggesting really is paranoia. While their are some who believe in confiscation we still have a form of government that will make it very unlikely for such a measure to become law (not to mention that pesky 2nd Amendment that appears to have an infinite number of interpretations). Neither the president, nor congress (as a majority) has proposed anything resembling confiscation, or even. You can speculate and play "what if" all you want but ultimately you're only going to come off as delusional at best.
ZIG February 22, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I am a USMC Veteran. I was an expert rifleman. We learned to handle our weapons with the utmost caution. We were not allowed to have personal firearms or ammunition on the base unless specifically authorized (MPs). Private citizens should not have weapons of war. Many law abiding citizens own firearms and they are competent and safety minded. The NRA is beholden to the industry and is dangerous to our country. They espouse sales of some of the most dangerous types of weapons. Kids and others continue to die.
KGardner February 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Zig, thanks for your service. As an expert marksman, how many AR15s did you use in your active duty service in the Marine Corp? I ask because I was under the impression that the Marines used automatic weapons, which the AR15 is not.
Buck Harmon February 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM
With a liberal owned media the NRA only adds balance to the debate...you can't ZIG and ZAG when it comes to the Second Amendment...try as you may it just won't work..
FIFA February 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Expert marksman in the military don't qualify with their weapon using the automatic mode. If you served, you would know that. Using the automatic mode with an M-16, the AR-15 equivalent with a different selector switch, the 20 round magazine would be empty in 3 seconds requiring a reload....
ZIG February 24, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Weapons used by the military are unsuited for many civilians' use. What I used is not relevand. The NRA does not add balance. The 2nd amendment does not give universal rights to all weapons just as the right to travel does not give the right to drive a car to everyone. Ignorance of the background of the 2nd amendment has led to a lot of problems. The NRA is dangerous due to their radical propaganda.
KGardner February 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Zig respectfully it is relevant because you insinuated that we have weapons of war, that is not accurate. By not answering or avoiding the question I assume that you concede the AR15 is not a military firearm. Also re the "right to travel" in the constitutions bill of rights does not grant the right to travel or drive. Where as the right to own firearms is a guaranteed right., you can always travel, you can walk.
ZIG February 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Kids die. I am tired of this blog. I do not dare to dicuss individual weapons. NRA is un-American. Good bye. I am not coming back here.
KGardner February 26, 2013 at 02:23 AM
More die from other things than the rifle in my safe. It's a shame that an expert marksman won't share his knowledge. The NRA supports the second amendment, which is uniquely American, I respect your opinion sir, but your facts are simply inaccurate.
Chuck Burton February 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Good point! Maybe we should ban the automobile - it kills far more people each year than guns do. True, it has more utility than a gun, but the gun's utility is in what it can, not must do. Otherwise police would carry clubs instead of guns.

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