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Sen. Feinstein: ‘NRA Money Stops My Gun Bans.’ Reality: ‘Bloomberg Alone Spent Same Amount.’

Millions of contributors vs. one billionaire mayor: Feinstein is bothered by only one of these funding sources.

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Howard Nemerov

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April 17, 2013 - 12:00 am
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun manufacturers’ trade association, contributed $34,000 to federal candidates’ campaigns in 2012. Open Secrets also reports that the NSSF spent $1,130,000 on lobbying in 2011-2012 and a total of $51,990 in PAC money during the 2012 election cycle. According to their “2012 Economic Impact Report,” the firearms and ammunition industries employ 99,820 people. This averages out to $12.18 per person in total political spending for the 2012 election cycle.

The NSSF estimates that the entire firearms and ammunition industry generated about $6 billion in revenue for 2012. If these companies were combined into one, it would rank around 410 on the Fortune 500 list.

The NRA currently has almost 5 million members, according to NRA sources. During the 2012 election cycle, the NRA spent a total of $22.7M on federal politics: $1.1M in direct campaign contributions, $5.5M on lobbying, and $16.2M in PAC money, which included another $1.5M in campaign contributions. Assuming “almost 5 million” is closer to 4.9M members, the NRA spent about $4.64 per member on federal politics during the last election cycle. Feinstein apparently believes that some Americans have more First Amendment rights than others, with net worth being a major criterion:

* Advertising to promote proposed federal gun control

According to Feinstein’s “money equals influence” criterion, Michael Bloomberg, one of the wealthiest people in the world, spent nearly as much as five million Americans to convince Congress to limit our civil right of self-defense.

If millions of Americans band together into one organization that represents their interests, and it spends $4.64 per person to advance those interests, that’s a “threat” to the legislative process. But if one wealthy person spends over $24 million to advance Feinstein’s interests? That’s democracy in action.

This is all very curious, because the Oxford English Dictionary defines democracy as:

A form of government in which the power resides in the people and is exercised by them either directly or by means of elected representatives; a form of society which favors equal rights, the ignoring of hereditary class distinctions, and tolerance of minority views.

Considering that there are 100 million gun owners in America, the civil right of self-defense isn’t even a minority view. Democratic Senator Feinstein’s — and rich “liberal” Michael Bloomberg’s — real message: “How dare you oppose my will?”

Now that’s undemocratic.

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Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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The beauty of heaven is that most democrats are atheists or cafeteria Christians. If Democrat controlled heaven, it would be a decaying lawless mess with a lot of bills to be paid.
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Dont give the fools ideas. After all if banning pressure cookers and cell phones saves just one life we have to do it dont we.
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Its really simple, dont you get it. Sen Feinstien thinks money in politics is evil, and is buying influence, and fooling the public, unless the money supports her viewpoint, then it is principled, and is educating the public. See, now its easy to understand.
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But, but... they fought back!
Those little people aren't supposed to do that.
When we, their betters tell them what's good for them they're supposed to roll over and kiss our ring. Fighting back is against the rules. Why that would mean we'd actually have to DO things rather than just telling them what's what. Would someone send one of my bodyguards down to get a fresh magnum of Champers. I'm feeling a little faint.
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I'm glad to know my little bit of money to the NRA and talks to my senators helped.
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Of course it's undemocratic.

Feinstein and Bloomberg are totalitarians.
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why I call her Senator FIEND-stein
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Frankenfeinstein says there is broad support for gun control, yet a majority of the American public strongly oppose the kind of control she envisions.

The Senator should remember that it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
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Di Fi is a liberal, so what else is new, and when she ran for senator in the primary against Gray Davis, his ads were that Di Fi's finances if in the real world would have her carted off to the big house doing the famous perp walk.

When I told Kashigian and Ed Rollins that Huffington should use Davis's ad, they went all wobbly on that. Showing once more even back then, republicans love to fight each other, but have a fear of getting into the trenches in the real event.
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Feinstein doesn't like 1st or 2nd Amendment, or any of the rest of the Constitution.

In other news, sun rises this morning.

Whatmeworry: Data? We don't need no stinking data!
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Greetings:

Wasn't it Senatress Feinstein who first said, "You can take my Senate seat when you pry it from my cold, dead ass." ???
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Didn't the Senatrix' extremities begin to necrify sometime during the Carter Administration?
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Yes, but there is a vision I didn't need, thank you. ;)
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