Rep. Jim Moran: Legislatures “politically castrated by the NRA”

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    Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) says:

    My son went to the airing of Batman at midnight. Don’t I have the freedom to believe that my son can go to a movie theater without…gunfire threatening his life? What are we going to do, check everyone going into a movie theater for…have a metal detector now? It seems to me this is about freedom, it’s the freedom to live securely and safely among our neighbors and friends within an advanced society. It’s just stunning to me…that my colleagues are so soft on crime and domestic terrorism, that they would allow – even after the shooting of our colleague Gabby Giffords, more than 60 multiple shootings since that crime occurred, and…tens of thousands of Americans have been murdered by firearms since the massacre at Virginia Tech. And it’s all because of, basically, legislative bodies around the country have been politically castrated by the NRA, they’re intimidated…

    …At the very least we should restrict assault weapons; we used to, the NRA even accepted that until they realized they could get rid of it so easily. And we ought to close the gunshow loophole. And we ought to restrict the accumulation of rounds of ammunition – I mean, 6,000 rounds of ammunition, really? And we shrug our shoulders? If this had been any kind of foreign agent, we’d send the Marine Corps after them. But here, we shrug our shoulders and come up with all kinds of pious, remorseful rhetoric. We ought to do something, and we haven’t done anything about this…to some extent we are complicit in these crimes if we don’t stand up and speak out and act responsibly as a legislative body at all levels of government.

    Preach it brother.

    • at the Huffington Post:

      The vast majority of Americans, including those who are members of the NRA, support common-sense safety reforms like background checks for all gun purchasers,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) today. “After Aurora, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Ft. Hood, and Tucson surely America is ready to have a conversation about how we can reduce the number of gun deaths in our nation.

    • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      July 24, 2012

      No.6

      NEW POLL OF NRA MEMBERS BY FRANK LUNTZ SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR COMMON-SENSE GUN LAWS, EXPOSING SIGNIFICANT DIVIDE BETWEEN RANK-AND-FILE MEMBERS AND NRA LEADERSHIP

      Gun Owners Believe Protecting Second Amendment Goes Hand-in-Hand with Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Criminals

      Overwhelming Support for Background Checks for All Buyers; Barring Terror Suspects from Firearm Ownership, Requiring Reporting of Lost and Stolen Guns – Measures Opposed by the NRA’s Washington Office

      Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released the findings of a survey by GOP pollster Frank Luntz showing that NRA members and gun owners overwhelmingly support a variety of laws designed to keep firearms out of dangerous hands, even as the Washington gun lobby prepares to spend unprecedented millions supporting candidates who pledge to oppose any changes to U.S. gun laws. The poll also dispels the myth among many Washington pundits that there is a lack of public support for common-sense measures that would help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and keep Americans safe.

      Among the survey’s key findings:

      87 percent of NRA members agree that support for 2nd Amendment rights goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

      There is very strong support for criminal background checks:

      74 percent support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun.

      79 percent support requiring gun retailers to perform background checks on all employees – a measure recently endorsed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry.

      NRA members strongly support allowing states to set basic eligibility requirements for people who want to carry concealed, loaded guns in public places.  By contrast, the NRA leadership’s top federal legislative priority – national reciprocity for concealed carry permits – would effectively eliminate these requirements by forcing every state to allow non-residents to carry concealed guns even if they would not qualify for a local permit.

      NRA members support many common state eligibility rules for concealed carrying:

      75 percent believe concealed carry permits should only be granted to applicants who have not committed any violent misdemeanors, including assault.

      74 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants who have completed gun safety training.

      68 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants who do not have prior arrests for domestic violence.

      63 percent believe permits should only be granted to applicants 21 years of age or older.

      The NRA rank and file also supports barring people on terror watch lists from buying guns (71 percent) and believe the law should require gun owners to alert police to lost and stolen guns (65 percent).  

      The NRA’s Washington office strongly opposes both measures.

      The Luntz findings are in line with previous research showing that Americans are nearly unanimous in their support for closing loopholes that allow dangerous people to buy firearms without a background check. A January 2011 poll conducted for Mayors Against Illegal Guns by the bipartisan polling team of Momentum Analysis and American Viewpoint found that 86 percent of Americans and 81 percent of gun owners support requiring all gun buyers to pass a background check, no matter where they buy a gun or who they but it from.

      “Gun owners and NRA members overwhelmingly support common sense steps to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, even as the NRA leadership continues to oppose them,” said Mayor Bloomberg.  “It’s time for those in Washington – and those running for President – to stand with gun owning citizens who are concerned about public safety, rather than influence peddling lobbyists who are obsessed with ideology. I join with NRA members in urging Washington to pass a law requiring universal background checks for all gun sales – and to take other common sense steps that will save lives.”

      “This poll shows plain and simply how seriously out-of-step the leadership of the NRA is with its membership – and how, despite what previous polls say, there really is support for common sense gun laws in the U.S.,” said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  “The best way to honor the memory of those who senselessly lost their lives in Aurora is to make it harder for this to ever happen again.  Our political leaders need to lead – and we demand they act now.”  

      The Luntz poll of 945 gun owners nationwide was conducted in May 2012 and was divided evenly by gun owners who were current or lapsed members of the NRA and non-NRA gun owners. The poll has a margin of error of + 3 percent.

      Contact:          

      Mayor Bloomberg’s Press Office  (212) 788-2958

      Mayor Menino’s Press Office     (617) 635-4461