NRA Explore

Learning Pains at the Brady Campaign? Pain, Yes. Learning, No.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ever since the Brady Campaign was formed in 1974 as the National Council to Control Handguns, it has used over-the-top, fear-mongering, rabble-rousing rhetoric, in an effort to win support for banning all handguns, small handguns, or "assault weapons;" block Right-to-Carry and other laws protecting the right to use firearms for self-defense; and promote its cockamamie Second Amendment theories.

In one of its first pamphlets the group warned, "The number [of handguns] could build to 100 million by the year 2000 . . . . The consequences can be terrible to imagine--unless something is done." For decades, it insisted that the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right. Over the last 20-plus years, it predicted that Right-to-Carry laws would cause crime to go through the roof. It predicted that public safety would be in jeopardy if Congress allowed the Clinton "assault weapon" ban to expire. Today, it characterizes NRA-backed self-defense protection laws--commonly called "Castle Doctrine" or "Stand Your Ground"--as licenses to "shoot first and ask questions later."

And the result?  The Brady Campaign has lost, time and again.

Congress and the states ignored the group's demands to ban handguns, and the number of privately-owned handguns in America has reached approximately 100 million. Thirty-four states have ignored the group's doomsday rhetoric and adopted RTC laws, bringing the total number of RTC states to 41. Congress let the "assault weapon" ban expire, and the number of "assault weapons" has soared to an all-time high, including three million AR-15s. A majority of states have adopted self-defense protection laws.

Concurrently, the nation's total violent crime rate has dropped 18 of the last 20 years, to about a 41-year low. The nation's murder rate has dropped to about a 48-year low. Polls show that support for gun control has fallen, support for the Second Amendment has risen, and gun ownership is higher now than any time since 1993. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Second Amendment in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010).

The Brady Campaign's response? Go even further off the deep end.

On April 13, it
attacked Gov. Mitt Romney for speaking at the NRA's annual meeting in St. Louis, accusing him of "proudly aligning himself with a lobby that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year." On April 23 it said, "When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic." On May 4, "The NRA will do everything in its power to assure the continued flow of guns from corrupt sellers to the illegal market." On June 19, "the NRA and the industry would rather reap profits selling guns to criminals and gun traffickers." And on June 22, it described a federal judge as a "renegade" for striking down Maryland's restrictive carry permit issuance system, saying, "we have seen time and again that allowing loaded, hidden handguns in public poses a dire threat to the safety of our families and our communities."

We've all heard the popular 19th century axiom, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." It's good advice in some circumstances, but the Brady Campaign would have been better off with the advice of W. C. Fields:  "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Forty percent of guns don’t go through background checks' Lie Debunked

The claim that 40 percent of gun sales do not go through a federal background check is false ...


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Handgun ban? Fuggedaboudit! Nassau County DA Lifts Unconstitutional Restriction

Last week, law professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh, exposed how the District Attorney’s Office in Nassau County, New ...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Florida Alert! Bill to Allow Open-Carry to Stop Abuse of CW License Holders

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:00am the House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing on  HB-163 ...


Friday, September 18, 2015

CNN Poll Offers Bad News for Gun Controllers, Anti-gun Candidates

Candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination – Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley – have spent significant effort in recent months trying to ...


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Jersey's Gun Control Trap

"They basically told me I'm one step below a murderer in the eyes of the New Jersey court." So ...


Sunday, October 4, 2015

San Francisco Supervisors Drive All Gun Stores from City

When gun controllers contend that they aren’t out to prohibit civilian access to firearms, but simply want “responsible” ...

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered ...


Thursday, August 6, 2015

North Carolina Governor McCrory Signs NRA-Backed Bill Into Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed NRA-backed House Bill 562 into law to improve a great deal of existing statutes ...


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

California’s Wildlife Resource Committee Continues to Operate without Procedures

On September 24, the National Rifle Association submitted a letter to the California Fish and Game Commission objecting ...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ohio: Concealed Carry Expansion Legislation Likely to Receive House Floor Vote This Week

Concealed carry expansion legislation, Sub. House Bill 48, is expected to come up for a floor vote in the ...


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.