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Clinton Hires Anti-Gun Astroturfer for her "Grassroots" Campaign

Friday, May 1, 2015

Clinton Hires Anti-Gun Astroturfer for her "Grassroots" Campaign

Despite already amassing an anti-gun track record that would make Michael Bloomberg proud, Democratic presidential nominee candidate Hillary Clinton appears intent on adding to it whenever possible. Last week brought the news that Clinton has hired gun control advocate Scott Hogan to run her "grassroots" campaign in Minnesota.  Hogan formerly served as the Minnesota Director and Campaign Manager for Everytown for Gun Safety.

Hogan and his new employer clearly have a shared interest in restricting gun rights. However, in some ways Hogan is an odd choice to run a grassroots operation for the supposedly sophisticated Clinton campaign. The Bloomberg bank-rolled Everytown group is the epitome of political astroturf; and a rather transparent one at that.

Of course, considering how difficult it has been for Clinton to rebrand herself, experience creating a phony grassroots movement, no matter how unconvincing, could be just what the former Secretary of State is looking for.

This hire, along with her comments made within the last year advocating for gun bans, the criminalization of private transfers, and limitations on the Right-to-Carry suggest Clinton isn't going to shy away from attacking America's gun owners. Indeed, her public statements even betray a belief that mere pro-gun viewpoints are a type of thoughtcrime that "terrorizes" America. Clinton's naked gun control advocacy stands in stark contrast to the electoral tactics of Barack Obama, who remained largely silent on gun control until he secured reelection. In order to maintain his façade of indifference to gun control, Obama restrained his most onerous anti-gun tendencies (for a time) in the name of political expediency. Clinton, who time and again publicly revels in her anti-gun views, would be under no such burden.

As a reminder to our readers, it is never too early to register to vote, or to inquire about how you can help ensure pro-gun candidates are victorious next election cycle. For more information on how you can register to vote, and information on other actions you can take to help secure our gun rights, please contact NRA-ILA's Grassroots Division by visiting https://www.nraila.org/grassroots/, or by phone at 800-392-VOTE (8683).

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

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Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

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Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322. 

Continuing to Fight in California

Friday, March 24, 2017

Continuing to Fight in California

We are excited to inform you of our new California specific webpage – Stand and Fight California.   On this page you will find State Legislation, Legal Updates, and How to Get Involved, among other California ...

More Firearms, More Firearms Owners, Fewer Fatal Accidents

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Friday, March 24, 2017

More Firearms, More Firearms Owners, Fewer Fatal Accidents

The National Safety Council released the 2017 edition of its annual Injury Facts report this week, and it contains welcome news about firearm safety. 

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maryland: House Passes Pro-Carry Legislation

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