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Gibson writes: 'The Newtown tragedy could have ended differently if the NRA had butted out of the Connecticut state legislature in 2011."

Gibson: 'The NRA gave more than $719,000 to politicians in the 2012 election cycle.' (photo: unknown)
Gibson: 'The NRA gave more than $719,000 to politicians in the 2012 election cycle.' (photo: unknown)

Money in Politics Is Murder

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

25 December 12

Reader Supported News | Perspective


he Newtown tragedy could have ended differently if the NRA had butted out of the Connecticut state legislature in 2011.

A bill introduced in March of that year would have made it a felony to have a magazine that could hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. The incredibly liberal Connecticut legislature repealed the death penalty and legalized the use of medicinal marijuana in 2012, so a mild form of ammo regulation had no reason to fail before those same legislators. But when the NRA organized pushback against the bill, lawmakers got more than 30,000 emails opposed to the legislation. The bill failed. The following year, Adam Lanza would use an AR-15 assault rifle that held 30-round magazines to massacre 20 children and 6 teachers in Newtown, Connecticut.

A week after the Connecticut massacre, the NRA held a press conference where they blamed everything but the availability of guns and ammo for the killings. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre proposed that schools have an armed guard present, though the armed guard at Columbine didn't stop the shooting there. LaPierre also suggested that teachers have guns available in the case of a school shooting. But 13 were killed at Fort Hood despite there being plenty of trained killers with guns all over the base. And Wayne LaPierre's radical ideology has been widely dismissed, with the exception of the equally radical Tea Party.

If anyone wonders why all our politicians can muster the courage to do is offer thoughts and prayers after a mass shooting, it's because they're beholden to the NRA's money. The NRA gave more than $719,000 to politicians in the 2012 election cycle, most of whom are Republicans. The next time your Congressman says something idiotic and banal about guns, see if their name is on that list of recipients of NRA campaign cash.

Like the anti-climate science lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry, the NRA is determined to spread false and misleading information to benefit those who would profit the most. Wayne LaPierre would have us believe that guns in classrooms would make kids safer, yet among the 23 richest countries, the US has the most guns and the weakest gun laws, and accounts for 87% of all child gun-related deaths. Clearly, the NRA's concern isn't with children's safety, but with fattening the pockets of arms dealers. This is clear in the NRA's push for a 2005 law that protected gun manufacturers from lawsuits in the event one of their products was used to massacre people like the kids in Newtown, or the moviegoers in Aurora.

As long as well-funded radical groups like the NRA have the power to hire lobbyists to pressure lawmakers one way or another on legislation, our communities will never be truly safe. We have to hold politicians' feet to the fire and elect those who promise to keep communities safe, rather than appease the gun lobby. And we need to fire those elected officials who would side with gun lobbyists over grieving families.

Carl Gibson, 25, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nationwide creative direct-action movement that mobilized tens of thousands of activists against corporate tax avoidance and budget cuts in the months leading up to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary "We're Not Broke," which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He currently lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut. You can contact Carl at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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-40 # randyjet 2012-12-25 10:32
The reason the bill failed is that LIBERALS like myself insist on TRUTH and common sense in bills. Had I been in CT, I too would have added my voice against the bill. Gibson tries to use lies to advance his argument by saying the Ft, Hood killings took place on a post full of armed trained killers. That is an outright LIE since the only people authorized to be armed on post absent training were the civilian police force. ALL of the military were UNARMED.

It takes on two seconds to change magazines in the AR-15 which break MIGHT enable a cop on scene and armed to get ONE shot off before he has to duck for cover again. Also an adept person such as the shooter could easily make a large magazine out of smaller ones.

He also forgets to mention the FACT that the assault weapons ban was in effect during the Columbine attack. He also does NOT mention that there were TWO deputies who engaged the gunmen, and who chose to be COWARDS and not pursue the killers as they ran into the school. Then the cops when they arrived on scene were just as bad with their cowardice. A gun cannot shoot bad guys all by itself. In FACT the women at Sandy Hook displayed more courage and guts than those so called law enforcement types who valued their lives over that of the people they were sworn to protect. If the principal in CT had access to a gun, she would have ended the shooting very quickly. A Navy SEAL would be no match for a woman with a gun protecting her kids. My money will be on her always
+17 # Hirspray 2012-12-25 12:42
You think that the next shoot out with cops and an armored gun man will be any different? There are always be armed guards from your local rent a cop or any other sheriff's office who will not take risks. Sylvester and Arnold were Action movie characters.
+25 # Gogojoe 2012-12-25 13:19
I do have to agree with one point... Military bases are NOT full of armed men & women.
As a retired military officer, I assure you he is correct in that only the MP or SP force on the base are armed and half the time there is no ammunition in the weapons. Honest to God
+12 # witzperson 2012-12-25 13:53
I doubt Gibson consciously lied about Fort Hood. More likely he mistakenly assumed (as anyone with no military background might) that practically everyone on an army base must be carrying loaded arms all the time. The fact that the slaughter there happened in a mental health clinic should have pushed a question into the writer's mind.
0 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-12-27 09:50
Wow, sorry, I clicked on the wrong button. Count yourself two more in the red.
+37 # Skyelav 2012-12-25 10:45
Trouble is with two pistols in the belt and a rifle he could still have killed 30 people.. 30! No, we can't take the easy road this time. We need less greed, more kindness and compassion, "brotherly" love, safety nets, and awhole lot of questioning of our foreign policy. We also need to help men get and keep their power without violent acts. Women are brutalized, ( every three hours a women is murdered in the USA (half the time by an ex or a current); every three minutes a woman is raped in the USA; and every 15 seconds a woman is beaten in the USA.m.moore) and we wonder why mass killings are on the rise? The fact that Adam Lanza was allowed to roam around untreated for his disorder is staggering. Remeber the era of the village "idiot?" That was the guy with mental problems that the entire "Village" watched out for. What's gone wrong?
+34 # AMLLLLL 2012-12-25 11:13
I would never vote for a legislator who accepted donations from NRA.
+15 # Barbara K 2012-12-25 19:39
AMLLLLL: Exactly. We need to watch how our Congressmen vote and vote out the ones not voting in OUR interest. We all need to smarten up and pay attention to what they are doing in "our name". It isn't hard to do, you can even get the info online, and go to, if you need to, but check it out at least weekly. We need to weed out the louses, before they destroy us.
+3 # Douglas Jack 2012-12-25 20:57
Barbara, I hope you are also acting beyond politics. If you want change, organize economically. Invest together with other stakeholders in your workplace, commerces & communities for ownership. Live simply so that others may simply live. Become the change which you want to see in the world. When Gandhi worked on Indian liberation, every component (thread, cloth, housing, food, salt etc.) had economic organization. Marches were actually more celebration of 'Swaraj' (Hindi 'self-sufficien cy') accomplishments than lobbying for government or corporate change. Once mutual economy is developed, only then does political change come & politicians are given a solid place in their communities to stand among their fellows.
-41 # Dumbledorf 2012-12-25 11:38
Once again we are blaming guns and materials and manufacturers and organizations and anything else we can conjure up, including state and local government's actions (or lack thereof) for these murders, but we refuse to place the blame where is surely belongs -- on the perpetrator or perpetrators of these crimes. Material objects in and of themselves do not and cannot kill anyone. This is a FACT!
As we continue to shift the blame for these murders everywhere else but on the actual causes, we make fools of ourselves and spit in the face of logic and reason.
Those precious lives, the children and teachers, in Newtown, CT., were murdered in cold blood. You tell me if that is any different than what has been going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan for years?

In as much as “Fast and Furious” apparently didn’t do the job in achieving Gun Control for Obama and crew, the Newtown killings are front and center as an impetus for leftist gun controls and possible confiscation, all in keeping with a planned police state apparatus.

For those of us who might be interested in the History of the Government and its role in deadly killings let us never forget what happened in Waco, Texas where more than 80 Americans, mostly children, were slaughtered by the U.S. government!
It has been the Federal Government that has a history of violence without condemnation from the left.

Merry Christmas
+18 # Hirspray 2012-12-25 12:44
That was easy. It was the crazy guy over there! Move on, nothing to see here
+3 # Granny Weatherwax 2012-12-27 09:52
Dear Mr. Ledorf,
You are unfortunately wrong: have you seen on this very site the article about war robots and the discussion as to how to ensure they don't "identify and engage" the wrong target?
Do you think these things should be covered by the second amendment?
+16 # Citizen Mike 2012-12-25 11:43
We need to examine our culture to find out why we have become so enthusiastic about shooting each other. The real source of our present problem is not gun regulation but something in our national character.

One source has been Hollywood with its endless parables demonstrating how the key to every lock is to shoot people. Yes, it is "liberal" Hollywood that is responsible for promoting the shoot-em-up mythos. And in doing so Hollywood is holding up a mirror to something that has long been present in our culture but has now grown out of control, gunnish romanticism.
+14 # Glen 2012-12-25 11:50
Take a look at the recent killing of two firefighters and the two wounded. A letter found, written by the guy, fairly clearly shows mental illness in his desire to burn down the neighborhood and kill.

There is no stopping someone setting a fire or shooting from cover, regardless of a ban on certain types of guns. Legislation and lobbies cannot stop many types of violence, especially that listed by Skyelav above. As heavily populated as many towns and cities are, police enforcement is pretty much a dead issue (except for those easy targets: protesters). The NRA could arm everybody and not stop serious intent to kill.
+29 # MainStreetMentor 2012-12-25 11:55
I would suggest, within a VERY public forum, the entire list of politicians who accepted donations from the NRA, (whether their political campaigns were successful or not!), be published - in BOLD, HEAVY PRINT. That information should be within public domain - so publishing it would be a public service!
+15 # Hirspray 2012-12-25 12:47
I agree. For too long these NRA shills have used their local credentials to get elected. Time to man up and tell Americans why we need military style armaments on our streets .
+7 # T4D 2012-12-25 17:46
This is the best idea I've seen yet. While states still have mandatory campaign finance disclosure these data should be available and subject to wide dissemination.
+19 # Old Man 2012-12-25 12:05
The NRA is Killing our Babies.
+12 # Vardoz 2012-12-25 15:33
Bribes for lives. Tell your reps you won't vote for them if they take bribes that threaten your life. 202-224-3121
+2 # Duster 2012-12-25 23:57
The entire debae ignores experience. So far the sanest reactions I have heard have come from teenagers - ALL of whom spoke about relations between parents and their children! Nothing was mentioned about the schools, the teachers, or laws to "protect" them.

The single, most important fact in the CT disaster isn't guns, but WHERE the event began - in the mother's home. She was the first "victim" - personally, I seriously suspect her son was the _true_ first victim, but that is beside the point. It is profoundly important to note that aggressors in all of these crimes are not particularly sane by common measures.

As to the efficacy of laws, remember that the loudest throats are politicians here. Their job is to appear to be doing something. Everything that happened in CT could have been (has been in fact - look at Rwandan history if you doubt this) done with a knife or machete, a billy club, or any number of other objects that are deadly in the wrong hands.
-1 # LeeMG 2012-12-26 04:34
Support the Second Amendment: A well regulated militia being necessary... All guns in hands of regulated security. A club, agency or militia should be responsible for legal and civil penalties for missuse of firearms by its members.

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