How the NRA Lost Democrats
But group says it's still adding members
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2012 10:47 AM CST
Gun owners and supporters fill out NRA applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention, March 7, 2012 in Springfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – The NRA might be surprised when it sees how few Democrats it has in its corner during the seemingly inevitable coming showdown over gun control. Even before the Newtown massacre, the gun lobby's staunchest Democratic supporters were starting to defect, seeing the group increasingly as an adjunct of the Republican Party, the Washington Post reports. The group's push to hold Eric Holder's feet to the fire over Fast and Furious in particular irked many Democrats, since it seemed unrelated to the group's main mission.

"I worry the NRA has become a captive of the Republican Party at a time that it needs Democratic votes," says one Texas Democrat who boasts the NRA's top rating. The lobby has also lost power because suburbs are now seen as the main battleground territory, rather than the NRA-friendly rural regions, and because public opinion seems to be shifting on guns. But don't count the group out yet. A source at the lobby tells Fox News that membership has actually been up since Newtown, with an average 8,000 people joining each day.

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Dec 21, 2012 8:17 PM CST
GOOF NEWS: the NRA representative suggests to place one armed personnel in each school. Then there are some scenarios as follows: 1- The shooter kills some peoples before being killed by the armed personnel. 2- The armed personnel get caught off-guard and he becomes the first target of the suspect, like the first victim in Sandy,CT.
Dec 20, 2012 11:23 PM CST
I think the NRA is a shill for gun manufacturers. I don't think Assault rifles have any use as hunting rifles. They were designed for soldiers to kill other soldiers. I do wan't to be able to have a gun for self defense That said, If I had a mentally challenged child (or an child in my home), I'd lock them up in a gun safe.
Dec 20, 2012 7:36 PM CST
The NRA have no ethics. Mittens bought their support for the price of a lifetime membership despite the fact that he signed some pretty tough gun laws into effect in Massachusetts, laws the NRA campaigned against.