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Tallying the Score: Gun Control Winners and Losers
The Truth About Guns ^ | 18 April, 2013 | Ralph

Posted on 04/19/2013 3:38:59 PM PDT by marktwain

The legislative scorecard has now been completed, with all of the anti-Constitution measures failing and most of the pro-freedom measure joining them. Pretty much as expected. Now that it’s all over but the shouting, it’s time to tally up the results in Washington’s game. So let’s check our tote board and reveal gun control’s Top Ten Winners and Losers . . .


7. Michael Bloomberg: The political process is fickle. After a stunning triumph of cash over common sense in Colorado, New York’s billionaire Mayor drew a blank in D.C., getting nothing for his $12 million dollars and losing prestige in the process. He’s now perceived as a meddler, a nanny with money to burn, America’s George Soros. Bloomberg is the perfect enemy, the wealthy puppet-master pulling the strings with his checkbook. If there was no Mike Bloomberg, the NRA would have to invent him.

6. Gabrielle Giffords: A Jennny-come-lately to the world of gun-grabbing, she thought she had it made. With her star power and victim cred, a new career loomed that would be even more lucrative than her last. But she stumbled right out of the gate when her lummox of a husband got caught in a clumsy attempt at grandstanding and straw-purchasing. Her irritability at losing the votes on her pet bills was even more unbecoming. She now joins Sarah Brady and Diane Feinstein on the list of the perpetually cranky and obnoxious.

5. Pat Toomey: He pissed away his NRA “A” rating and perhaps pissed off the voters of Western Pennsylvania by taking the position as lead Republican collaborator. The only saving grace for Toomey is that he voted against the Feinstein and Lautenberg amendments banning so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines.

4. Joe Manchin: According to Manchin himself, the Manchin-Toomey amendment was the West Virginian’s “coming out party.” What he meant is that his proposed bill represented the first time during his Senate tenure that he’d taken point on anything. What his constituents may take away from M-T is that it was Manchin’s coming out as a gun-grabber. He voted “no” on the Feinstein and Lautenberg amendments, but that’s probably too little, too late.

3. The Mainstream Media: The talking heads of television and their media mogul bosses have spent over six years deifying Barack Obama, so they jumped on the civilian disarmament bandwagon with both feet. After running what was, in essence, a Democrat Party, anti-Constitution telethon, their pet proposals flopped like reruns of “My Mother, the Car.” The MSM looks foolish and peevish, leading viewers by the millions to turn away (even more) from traditional media. Every blog in America should thank them.

2. Alan Gottleib: Long the darling of Second Amendment supporters, Gottleib threw the support of SAF and the CCRKBA behind the ill-fated Manchin-Toomey amendment. He should have checked with his constituents first and maybe also with his banker, because 2A stalwarts hated M-T. On the eve of the vote, he withdrew his support, but the damage was done. Gottleib’s credibility, built up over decades of faithful service to the gun culture, is now shot. It will take him years to overcome this blow, and it will take the gun rights movement years to overcome the loss of one of its staunchest advocates.

1. Barack Obama: Gun control and immigration were to be the two centerpieces of his second term. However, Obama’s status as a lame duck with minimal political capital was made official when he lost the political battle that he – and no one else – personally initiated. It was a huge political overreach. And his image as a petulant man, swollen with hubris was made obvious by his sullen, mean-spirited acknowledgment of defeat. It’s now out there for all to see — the leftist idol has feet of clay.


3. The Republican Party Leadership: The old guys politically outfoxed the Senate Democrats and POTUS. Believing that he could bend everything and everyone to his almighty will, Obama demanded a vote. He got one that he’ll never forget. By allowing all the anti-Constitution bills to come to a vote, as the Democrats demanded, and then defeating them, the Republicans have ripped away the myth of Obama’s legislative invincibility for good. Plus, they made the Democrats look dumb.

2. Ted Cruz: Compare his cultured debate behavior to the boorish actions of Chuck Schumer (channeling his inner Joe Biden) and it’s obvious how Cruz dominated the proceedings. Articulate and young, he always came across as the smartest guy in the room and a very likeable one at that. Democrats will have a lot of problems trying portray him as evil incarnate. To say nothing of the fact that he’s a top Constitutional lawyer.

1. The NRA: The largest of gun rights organizations was assailed internally by radicals for being Old Fudds and by Old Fudds for being too radical. It was demonized by the Democrats, marginalized by the mainstream media and blamed for a heinous mass murder. Nevertheless, the NRA steered the Second Amendment to spectacular wins – while gaining as many as a million new members in the process. While the CCRKBA nearly folded, the NRA doubled down and won. It’s no wonder the Democrats hate the NRA. What’s amazing is that every gun owner isn’t a member.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; banglist; guncontrol; losers; secondamendment; winners
The NRA gained back three decades of credibility on this. I wonder who was advising LaPierre. It had to be someone new.
1 posted on 04/19/2013 3:38:59 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

8. Colorado

2 posted on 04/19/2013 3:43:12 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: marktwain
Re: Ted Cruz - I thought Obama was a constitutional lawyer. Must be Cruz is a real one as opposed to a fake like Obama. Maybe he'd make a real good president some day.
3 posted on 04/19/2013 3:46:23 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: marktwain

I like it.

4 posted on 04/19/2013 3:50:47 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: Past Your Eyes
Obama gave a part-time lecture or two on the Constitution and the only thing he really knows about it is that he doesn't like it.
5 posted on 04/19/2013 3:52:22 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: marktwain

Barack Obama occupies all ten positions among the biggest losers when you look at this story in the context of what happened in Boston. He will never be able to live down the fact that he gave his televised temper tantrum during those few days between the bombing at the Boston Marathon and today’s events which resulted in more death and destruction and the complete shutdown of one of this country’s biggest cities.

6 posted on 04/19/2013 3:55:00 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: marktwain

The NRA did a great job of informing members of the latest info on the gun grab and sent e-mails daily (often two or more per day) advising members to call their representatives and let them know how they felt.

7 posted on 04/19/2013 3:56:31 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: familyop
Do you think some CO dems are regretting anything after the colossal failure in the US Senate?
8 posted on 04/19/2013 4:01:01 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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>> 6. Gabrielle Giffords:

I wouldn’t include Gabrielle. She’s a survivor. I have no problem with her political rhetoric — I tune it out. The losers are those that exploit her.

Now if only the Conservative Federal Judge murdered by Jared Loughner had a voice...

9 posted on 04/19/2013 4:02:37 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: marktwain
Don't hold your breath.

Expect Obama and Co renew their push SOON about it using these two Tsarnaev brothers.

Gun fights with law enforcement, we don't know how they obtained guns and ‘military grade’ explosives (not confirmed).

Even if they bought the firearms legally, with criminal background checks, Obama&Co will argue we need a gun registry.

Mark my words.

10 posted on 04/19/2013 4:10:20 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Re: Ted Cruz - Magna Cum Laude, Harvard Law.

11 posted on 04/19/2013 4:22:48 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: marktwain

They’re no t losers until they’re out of office where they can do no harm.

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It’s time to get government out of Our faces
Our religions and and Our pocketbooks

12 posted on 04/19/2013 5:07:20 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause..Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: marktwain

I don’t know. I’m stil ticked about the endorsement they gave Reid in the last election.

13 posted on 04/19/2013 5:17:46 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: marktwain

Ted Cruz is defiantly a major improvement over his predecessor Kay Bailey Hutchison.

14 posted on 04/19/2013 5:32:33 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Inyo-Mono
I think one main reason why M-T failed, why the Dems and Obama lost on this, and why the NRA was so successful gaining so many new members is simple and perhaps overlooked. Even if I choose not to exercise my Second Amendment Rights, people realise that if the government can take away my Second Amendment right they can take any of my rights away. Next would be my First Amendment rights, probably disguised as legislative protection against "Hate Speech."
15 posted on 04/19/2013 5:40:41 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: USNBandit

I agree. Lots of commies like guns.

16 posted on 04/19/2013 5:49:36 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: Alberta's Child

Dead Narcissist lame duck quacking.

17 posted on 04/19/2013 6:04:28 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: MileHi
"Do you think some CO dems are regretting anything after the colossal failure in the US Senate?"

Yes, if vanity doesn't get in the way of their perceptions. They'll have more regrets, after revenues from tourism and business noticeably shrink.

18 posted on 04/19/2013 6:17:37 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: DeWalt
I agree. Lots of commies like guns.

At night all cats are gray...


19 posted on 04/19/2013 7:08:34 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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