NRA Prisons, 3-Strikes Laws 'Gave Us a Headache'
'Mother Jones' takes CrimeStrike program to task
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2013 4:58 PM CST
National Rifle Association Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Wayne LaPierre tossed off a line at the Senate gun-control hearings: "We've supported prison building." In fact, the NRA backed stricter sentencing and more prisons in a perfect storm of lobbying that Mother Jones says led to a larger and harsher culture of incarceration in America. It began when the NRA, cash-poor in the early 1990s, launched a program called CrimeStrike to promote its prison agenda. "Our prisons are overcrowded," said LaPierre. "Our bail laws are atrocious. We'll be the bad guy."

NRA ads slammed President Clinton for cutting federal prison construction and offered a fix: "Tell them you want a crime bill with $8 billion more to build prisons, or you don't want their crime bill at all!" When the dust had settled, prison-construction money rose threefold federally and increased in states thanks in part to NRA funding. What's more, the NRA backed three-strikes laws that passed in Washington and California, leading to prison overcrowding, higher taxpayer bills, and talk of inhumane conditions. Otherwise, says Mother Jones, "All that's left of the NRA's prison-building arm 20 years later is a television show by the same name."

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Feb 10, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Actually we don't need more prisons. We just need to better use the ones we have. Locking up violent offenders for long term sentences WITHOUT parole, and NOT locking up non violent offenders.
Feb 10, 2013 8:46 AM CST
LaPierre is a loud mouthed pussy that is a threat to decent people. His positions destroy lives. He is a corrupting threat to society. And to you Newsers that dream about fondling AK's. Go fuk yourselves repeatedly or go join the army.
Feb 10, 2013 12:29 AM CST
Three strikes led to more criminals in prison, who were then unable to inflict their terror on the law abiding citizens. If we could execute murderers, the prisons would not be so overcrowded. The article is typical Left-wing, pro-crime propaganda.