NRA lobbyists plan to host a private “seminar” with Nevada legislators this Saturday, January 19th from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Las Vegas. A few local groups aren’t thrilled about this and plan to host a rally to encourage legislators to skip this meeting (see info below).
The National Rifle Association (NRA) represents the interests of gun owners and manufacturers in the United States, a $12 billion dollar industry. Naturally, their response to the killing of 20 children in Newtown, CT was a call for MORE guns.
The NRA has blamed everything and everyone except for themselves and their death grip on the political process. Absent the NRA’s influence, lawmakers may have otherwise produced sensible gun safety laws to prevent massacres like the one at Newtown from occurring.
Not willing to pause for self examination, the NRA has made it clear they have no intention of having any discussion about legislation involving any sensible regulation of firearms like high capacity magazines and military style assault weapons like the one used by the killer in Newton.
Unfortunately, their conversation goes a little more something like this:
Despite widespread demand by the public for action, the NRA’s influence may be too much, particularly on a national level as even Harry Reid has indicated.
Given their unwillingness to sit at the table for conversation, why would Nevada’s political leadership meet with them in private? If that doesn’t sit well with you, join local groups ProgressNow, PLAN, and Culinary Union for a rally to encourage our lawmakers to skip this meeting.
ProgressNow Nevada, PLAN, and Culinary Union will be outside the event
WHEN: January 19th starting at 7:30am (hot coffee will be provided!)
WHERE: Outside Battlefield Vegas (2771 Industrial Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109)
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee