In a recent "National Journal" Congressional Insiders Poll of lawmakers, the NRA was rated as the most effective lobbying organization in Washington. Asked to cite which lobbying group(s) they considered as the most effective on Capitol Hill, 73 lawmakers, representing both parties, determined that NRA was, "the lobbying group with the most firepower."
Commenting on their choices, one Republican lawmaker said, "The NFIB and the NRA, because they do not pull their punches or cozy up to their enemies. Their allies respect them, and their adversaries fear them."
No less telling was a quote from the Democratic side of the aisle, which stated, "‘Fear Factor` with the NRA and the Club for Growth. Fairly rare floor votes--but when they hit back home, the hit long and hard."