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Sattler writes: "After calling out the NRA's 'armies of lobbyists [that] are fighting to rig the system so that the public remains in the dark,' the senior senator from Massachusetts attacked the organization's efforts to stop public research into gun violence."

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)


Elizabeth Warren vs. the NRA

By Jason Sattler, The National Memo

15 March 13

 

enator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used her speech at the Consumer Federation of America Thursday to make a wide-ranging argument defending the role of government and ripping Republicans and the National Rifle Association for intentionally keeping the American public in the dark.

After calling out the NRA’s "armies of lobbyists [that] are fighting to rig the system so that the public remains in the dark," the senior senator from Massachusetts attacked the organization’s efforts to stop public research into gun violence.

"If as many people were dying of a mysterious disease as innocent bystanders are dying from firearms, a cure would be our top priority," Warren said. "But we don’t even have good data on gun violence. Why? Because the NRA and the gun industry lobby made it their goal to prevent any serious effort to document the violence."

Her defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which she first conceived and helped create as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, was especially pointed.

"This agency is about making consumer credit clear — no more hiding tricks and traps in a thicket of fine print. It is about letting consumers see the deal — and not worrying about the things they can’t see," Warren said.

Senator Warren discussed the creation of the CFPB in a 2010 speech at the Consumer Federation of America that you can watch here.

Republicans have praised the work of CFPB director Richard Cordray, who President Obama installed via recess appointment after the GOP blocked his nomination. But they are blocking him again because they are bent on increasing congressional oversight of the bureau, while weakening its power.

"Blocking Rich Cordray is about keeping the game rigged, keeping the game rigged so that consumers remain in the dark — and a few bad actors can rake in big profits," Warren said.

Republicans are basically working to void a federal law simply because they don’t like it. And by abusing the filibuster, they’ll likely be effective.

Senator Warren called out this unprecedented obstruction at Cordray’s nomination hearing:

What I want to know is why every banking regulator since the Civil War has been funded outside the Appropriations process, but unlike the consumer agency, no one in the United States Senate has held up confirmation of their directors demanding that that agency or those agencies be redesigned.

 

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+74 # Walter J Smith 2013-03-15 13:56
Thank Harry Reid for the GOP again having an ungoverned filibuster field for any little hairbrained idea they come up with.
 
 
+142 # MainStreetMentor 2013-03-15 16:13
There HAS to be a way to meld the efforts of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders on those issues critical to the American People. To hell with senate seniority! I would support either Senator Warren or Senator Sanders to replace Harry Reid - and would LOVE to see a motion to do so. The RepubTeacan Party is absolutely scared to death of what Warren and Sanders can/could accomplish - so - let's make it a reality!
 
 
+12 # Billy Bob 2013-03-15 22:27
It's not up to us. Majority leaders are selected by the Senate itself. They don't care what your opinion is on the subject.

The only reason Reid can be such a right-winger (or lame "liberal" without testicles - depending on your spin), is that he's from a state that isn't particularly liberal. Warren and Sanders are from liberal states. They won't win elections in swing states.
 
 
+4 # MainStreetMentor 2013-03-17 17:39
Yes, I've always known: - the majority leaders ARE elected by the members of the Senate ... and WE elect the members of the Senate ... and WE can write humongous amounts of letters to our elected senators telling them we want Senator Reid replaced as the Majority Leader. So ... my, your and OUR opinions DO matter, and CAN change things!
 
 
-35 # JTHinSD 2013-03-15 23:35
You're a foolish poseur. "Anonymous" my arse.
 
 
+9 # Annette Saint John Lawrence 2013-03-16 03:32
From your mouth to God's ears. I agree 1 million percent. If I
were on trial for my life, I sure would not want him to defend me.
 
 
+31 # ABen 2013-03-16 01:51
I agree that Reid should have limited the power of the filibuster in this congress, but don't lose sight of what the actual problems is--Mitch (the itch) McConnell. A handshake deal with McConnell last about as long as the clammy feeling from shaking his hand.
 
 
+32 # Madmedic 2013-03-16 08:38
Quoting Walter J Smith:
Thank Harry Reid for the GOP again having an ungoverned filibuster field for any little hairbrained idea they come up with.


This is precisely why every Democratic appeal for funds that I receive, I answer with a standard email answere that I will again consider contributing to the cause(s)when Harry Reid is replaced, and not until. I urge others to do the same.

I acknowledge that money is the lifeblood of political parties and I truly do not want the Democratic Party to be lacking funds to fight for us, but they have to understand that we do not contribute our hard earned $$ to them only to see them unilaterally give away the power that our money has them helped obtain. Simple Economics 101!
 
 
+39 # dick 2013-03-15 23:13
Of course Liz is courageous & brilliant. But she has to find ways to exercise influence out from under the heavy handed thumbs of Reid & Obama. Senate Democrat woman should form the nucleus of a MOVEMENT to challenge DC orthodoxy. Ryan,Paul & Rand Paul should not DOMINATE the "news" with NOTHINGNESS. Lady Dems should find the gumption to LEAD the Democratic Party, drag Reid & Obama along. Maybe Nancy would contribute.
 
 
+4 # CL38 2013-03-16 15:25
Excellent suggestion.
 
 
+11 # luvdoc 2013-03-15 23:17
198 Methods 0f Non Violent Action @ www.aeinstein.org May the greedy, self serving SOB's be locked inside their gated communities without a can opener. luvdoc
 
 
+30 # Rick Levy 2013-03-16 00:02
""But we don’t even have good data on gun violence. Why? Because the NRA and the gun industry lobby made it their goal to prevent any serious effort to document the violence"'

If the NRA truly believed that its advocacy of of promoting gun ownership was unassailable, it would not stand in the way of such research and would let the chips fall where they may. So the gun nuts lobby must know what a scourge gun violence is in America and if the public were to know the truth, the NRA would lose much of its support.
 
 
-42 # Rain17 2013-03-16 00:43
I wonder how long the honeymoon that Senator Warren has will last with the far left. For I do know, that the second that she does or votes anything "moderate", the love affair will end with her; and the tons of criticism usually for other Democrats will pour in. The second she has to "compromise" on a bill the love affair will cease and people here will feel "betrayed".
 
 
+19 # Billy Bob 2013-03-16 12:39
That's how I feel about 3rd partiers as well. At least Warren had the spine to not just sit on the sidelines and bitch like they do. She got into the fray and ran on a major party ticket, challenging that party to live up to its principles. You're right though. It's only a matter of time. And I do agree that many on the left (including these threads) are living in a delusional fantasy land where anything is possible as long as we all maintain our idealogical purity. The only problem with that philosophy is that it isn't based in reality.

For right now, I'm incredibly pleased and impressed by the fact that Elizabeth Warren has actually lived up to her campaign promises. She's no liberal about foreign policy, but I'm willing to take what I can get. As it stands, she'd be my top pick for president, although I can't imagine her winning the primary as soon as 2016.

If only the rest of the Democratic Party would act like her, this country would finally have an advocate for the other 98% of us!
 
 
+15 # CL38 2013-03-16 15:29
We, the public, have to get involved and PUSH the Democratic Party to advocate for us. What I don't get, with all that's going on, is why people aren't out in the streets marching.

Everyone wants to sit at home and be an armchair critic. It takes work and involvement to create the change we need.
 
 
+5 # Billy Bob 2013-03-16 17:53
I agree. Of course if the media doesn't report protests Congress won't feel any pressure no matter how many people are out there. Something drastic and creative will have to happen to get their attention. If we were serious, I think a general strike would be the only thing that would get through to them.
 
 
-3 # Rain17 2013-03-17 02:34
The problem is that, while candidates like Warren can clearly win in liberal states like MA, in many other parts of the country, she would be electorally dead on arrival.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2013-03-16 15:26
Just watch.....she won't compromise.
 
 
+1 # Rain17 2013-03-17 02:32
She will inevitably have to compromise on something if she is to accomplish anything. The concern I have is that many people here describe this woman in almost Goddess-like terms. She can do no wrong and she is above reproach.

But ultimately, if she is ever to get anything accomplished, she's going to have to compromise on something. She will have to vote for a less than ideal bill and she will have to make deals, even deals that people here may decry.

Otherwise she can sit there, pontificate on various issues, stay "pure", but she won't be effective. She'll be great at giving speeches and saying the right thing, but won't be in any position to get anything done.
 
 
+30 # Kasandra 2013-03-16 01:11
Hooray! More and more courageous women are speaking up for truth, integrity, harmony and balance for our Beloved planet!
 
 
-77 # cordleycoit 2013-03-16 02:44
It looks to me to be an attempt by the so called P/C left t to pull off a coup and cancel the Bill of Rights and replace it with some sort of Democratic Party mandate.Warren hs not read Jefferson, Adams, Paine. The country exists because of fire arms in the hands of civilians. On cannot be disarmed and have free speech, be secure in ones privacy etc without the Bill of Rights. Sorry to offend the coup makers but Rights are something to fight for. Our neo liberal brothers and sisters appear to have no need of rights. Or they mix sop logic with a desire to control the thinking of an enfeebled country. The only people worse than the Neo Liberal are the Neo Conmen of the right.
 
 
+38 # EternalTruth 2013-03-16 07:23
She is proposing that we study the cause of ridiculous numbers of deaths and injuries. Why are you so intent on wallowing in your ignorance? Knowledge is good!
 
 
+39 # Madmedic 2013-03-16 08:48
[quote name="cordleyco it"]It looks to me to be an attempt by the so called P/C left t to pull off a coup and cancel the Bill of Rights and replace it ... /quote]

Sorry CC, but nearly the entire Bill of Rights was trashed/stolen by Bush/Cheney and their fellow nefascists through the "Patriot" Act, etc. while you were so consumed with "protecting" one specific provision of your Second Amendment Rights.
 
 
+24 # robmxa 2013-03-16 10:06
Quoting cordleycoit:
Our neo liberal brothers and sisters appear to have no need of rights. Or they mix sop logic with a desire to control the thinking of an enfeebled country. The only people worse than the Neo Liberal are the Neo Conmen of the right.


Rights have to be balanced with other rights like the right to live. 30,000 US citizens lose their right to live do to guns each year. That's a Vietnam every two years.
 
 
+12 # Shipton 2013-03-16 10:51
Quoting cordleycoit:
It looks to me to be an attempt by the so called P/C left t to pull off a coup and cancel the Bill of Rights and replace it with some sort of Democratic Party mandate.Warren has not read Jefferson, Adams, Paine. The country exists because of fire arms in the hands of civilians. On cannot be disarmed and have free speech, be secure in ones privacy etc without the Bill of Rights.


Perhaps, Cordley, you could read Art 6 of The Articles of Confederation. You remember them don't you, it was the foundation of the pre-Constitutio n of the USA. Art. 6 details a "Well Armed Militia". The 2nd Amendment is just the short form of Art. 6.
 
 
+17 # Billy Bob 2013-03-16 12:45
So wanting to know the truth about gun violence is a threat to the Constitutional Amendment that provides for states to keep a militia strong enough to put down resistence? Interesting.

The gun manufacturers are really grasping at straws right now. This subject has really taught me how much, even "left-wingers" will often just look for "evidence" to support their pre-existing notions rather than looking at the unvarnished truth and dealing with it honestly.

I guess if you feel the need to keep a personal arsenal that you think is going to protect you from the U.S. military and police, then rationality isn't your strong suit.
 
 
+10 # NOMINAE 2013-03-16 16:42
Quoting Billy Bob:
So wanting to know the truth about gun violence is a threat to the Constitutional Amendment that provides for states to keep a militia strong enough to put down resistence? .......

This subject has really taught me how much, even "left-wingers" will often just look for "evidence" to support their pre-existing notions rather than looking at the unvarnished truth and dealing with it honestly.

I guess if you feel the need to keep a personal arsenal........


Brain research now backs your observation with MRI proof. The human being is wired, in the face of *any* stimulus, to react *primarily* from the "reptilian", or emotional, region of the brain.

That is, to first knee-jerk, "gut react" based upon emotion, and only *then* to engage the intellect to defend and justify that original "gut reaction". This is our most BASIC survival wiring. This is also the basis for cults, political demagogues, etc.

This condition remains the case until a person becomes sufficiently well versed in the arts of critical thinking to allow them to "wire around" our biological programming via conscious and concentrated thought. We are more than our biological wiring, but that fact does not emerge without training the brain and the logic circuits, and keeping them in constant practice.

And the "right" of the local Rambo to stock his/her basement with a military arsenal must balance with the right of the neighbors to be FREE of such paranoid dangers.
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2013-03-16 17:54
Great comment.
 
 
+34 # kalpal 2013-03-16 06:47
The women in the Senate and the House should create the American Majority Caucus is women are the majority in this nation but the minority in the power structure. This caucus should work towards obstructing male attempts to clamp down on their uteri and keep women low paid and underpowered.
 
 
+1 # CL38 2013-03-16 15:32
Great idea.
 
 
+48 # Guy 2013-03-16 06:57
She is one hell of a lady! America,make sure you support her,she is working for you and not the corporate world.
 
 
+19 # Yopeace 2013-03-16 09:29
Elizabeth Warren is a voice of the times, and we all must do our part to support her efforts.
NH Chiefs of Police have created a raffle to give away a gun a day for 31 days in May. The first day's prize is a semi automatic assault weapon. Please join the community in asking the Chiefs: "Give up the gun giveaway and accept the offer of a buyback of all of the raffle tickets."

http://signon.org/sign/ask-nh-chiefs-of-police?source=c.em.cp&r_by=6908476
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2013-03-16 10:04
Pity it's not on the cards for Ms Warren and Independent Socialist Bernie Sanders to form a breakaway truly progressive party as two of the few courageous and outspoken true repressentative s of the people beyond the Democratic "P.C." box of safety-first wankers.
But the Returds would put their dirty tricks apparatus into high gear -or maybe even worse encourage them, So it seems that the country is stick with a do-nothing-but- block congress and a bunch of hapless "negotiators".
O' tempora, o' morés.
 
 
+6 # Art947 2013-03-16 19:29
Perhaps if our campaign for sanity in government included publishing the names and positions of the many lobbyists in Washington DC who are working against responsible gun control we would help defeat their efforts. It is amazing to me that while 91% of Americans appear to want gun control, more than 40% of our "representative s" in the Senate, and I am not sure what percentage of those "representative s" in the House vote against our interests. If the lobbyists could not hide under a cloak of anonymity, then perhaps they might not be so anxious to ask for support for the positions of gun makers, ammunition suppliers, firearms dealers, and other agents of wonton death and destruction.
 
 
+2 # fredboy 2013-03-17 10:09
Great that she is taking them on.

Funny that the only person with balls in Congress--the Senate and the Whorehouse--is a woman.
 
 
+4 # Douglas Jack 2013-03-17 23:29
The 'Right-to-bare- arms' is the responsibility for each of us rolling up our sleeves to pitch-in for making essential, goods, services & infrastructure (not shooting galleries & arms) for the world to be a better place. Responsibility isn't each of us bogged down in heavy body-armour & armaments. We need to liberate/empty our 'arms; so they may fully embrace each other & the tasks before us. We need to liberate ourselves & our loved ones from the perpetual fear of scarcity by avowing our responsibilitie s to do our part in an inter-dependent world. We can each in our own way contribute to an abundant world where people understand that mutual-aid is the greatest factor of human-society & evolution. Tell us about your own gifts/
efforts? https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/9-right-to-bare-arms

Gun owners should know the statistics that; they are killing themselves in suicide & killing family members more than they are stopping intruders. The US military now has more deaths in suicide than supposed enemies are killed. Guns are very effective at eliminating the ones who carry them but as well are an unacceptable death warrant for those closest family, neighbours & others.
 
 
+2 # Douglas Jack 2013-03-18 11:36
ooops More suicides in the US Military than US personel killed by opposing forces. To say we are our own worst enemy.
 
 
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2013-03-18 14:39
It doesn’t add up, some connected with the NRA blame video-games, one who says this wants it investigated.

General Marshall reported that 80% of soldiers during World War II didn’t fire at another human being. Both video training and games changed this
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/hope_on_the_battlefield
www.livescience.com/10022-military-video-games.html
The armed services is happy to push violent, so-called entertainment, at future recruits,
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/waging-war/a-new-generation/the-army-experience-center.html

Britain is shocked about young combat vets and violence and suicide.

The attack in Norway, France and the US aimed at youth camp or school kids was made by people day and night playing Call-of-Duty nodding off now and then. Adam Lanza became dangerously thin, arguing with his mother distracting him with food before he killed her and the kids at the school he once attended.

Tyler Rigsby after 4 days and nights straight fainted from dehydration, Chris Staniforth age 20 an achiever heading for a good job in game design before getting blood clot from too much sitting still.

Some research is cherry picking to only look straight ahead at what the experiment is supposed to prove throwing away what might lead to answers in a different direction,
 

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