Is The NRA On Life Support? Why The Coronavirus Could Kill The Gun Lobby

Source: Forbes - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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61% Liberal


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97% "Even before the pandemic the NRA was facing strong headwinds.""
96% "In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbies in American politics, just announced that it ..."
94% "In the memo, LaPierre strikes a defiant tone with respect to the challenges, claiming we will rise from this stronger and well positioned to ..."
93% "While the base of NRA members remains strong, its convention and its various fundraisers are the lifeblood the NRA needs to turn those members ..."
84% "This is why the fact that the current situation is so dire for the NRA.""
82% "In a memo to NRA staff obtained by the Associated Press, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre outlined pandemic-induced cross-the-board staff salary reductions, as well as ..."
78% "It is facing increased regulatory scrutiny in New York state (where it is chartered) and increased public backlash for its positions opposing common sense ..."
77% "The NRA, which claims to have over 5 million members, has also been forced follow the cancellation of its annual convention in April with ..."
71% "All of this comes at a time when the NRA is typically flexing its muscles in an election year, rallying its base and mobilizing ..."
69% "And beyond the outside groups that oppose the power of the NRA to influence public policy, the organization also suffers from internal divisions and ..."

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97% : Even before the pandemic the NRA was facing strong headwinds.
96% : In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbies in American politics, just announced that it has been forced to take substantial measures to scale back its operations, including laying off and furloughing dozens of employees, curtailing fundraising and shortening work weeks.
94% : In the memo, LaPierre strikes a defiant tone with respect to the challenges, claiming "we will rise from this stronger and well positioned to lead the fight to protect our Second Amendment, the First Amendment, and all our constitutional freedoms during the crucial upcoming elections and for years to come."
93% : While the base of NRA members remains strong, its convention and its various fundraisers are the lifeblood the NRA needs to turn those members into contributors.
84% : This is why the fact that the current situation is so dire for the NRA.
82% : In a memo to NRA staff obtained by the Associated Press, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre outlined pandemic-induced cross-the-board staff salary reductions, as well as even deeper voluntary pay cuts by its leadership.
78% : It is facing increased regulatory scrutiny in New York state (where it is chartered) and increased public backlash for its positions opposing common sense gun control measures, especially after the 2018 massacre of high school students in Parkland, Florida.
77% : The NRA, which claims to have over 5 million members, has also been forced follow the cancellation of its annual convention in April with the additional cancellation of events such as shooting competitions and other programs that it uses to rally its supporters.
71% : All of this comes at a time when the NRA is typically flexing its muscles in an election year, rallying its base and mobilizing its voters around Second Amendment issues.
69% : And beyond the outside groups that oppose the power of the NRA to influence public policy, the organization also suffers from internal divisions and questions about its leadership from breakaway groups like Save the Second, gun advocates who oppose current NRA leadership and are trying to reform the organization.
69% : But the fallout from the pandemic might be what truly weakens the organization.
66% : And in an election that has the potential to sweep a Democratic majority into the U.S. Senate, as well as the election of a pro-gun control Democratic President, the stakes for the NRA are exceptionally high.
61% : I write about leadership, community, creativity and applied optimism.
61% : Yet despite being continuously attacked by its critics and facing an increasingly large shift in public attitudes about gun control as a result of a never-ending succession of mass shootings, it actually might be a microscopically small thing that ends up killing the NRA - the coronavirus.
61% : And a diminished NRA would not only make gun control advocates feel encouraged, but it might even give them the opportunity to finally advance the policy changes that a vast majority of Americans support.
60% : But it will weaken it, at least for the time being.
55% : Additionally, even though gun purchases are on the rise, it's also foreseeable the economic downturn will impact the capacity of existing donors to continue to make substantial financial contributions to the NRA.
52% : Without these steady streams of resources, the checkbook of the NRA diminishes, further reducing its capacity to use large campaign contributions to reward, or intimidate, candidates for office.
50% : Which, despite the pandemic, should give many people a reason to be more optimistic.
49% : That's what it did to an extraordinary degree in 2016, when it spent over $50 million supporting political candidates, with over $30 million of it spent supporting President Trump's election alone.
49% : But despite his encouragement, it might actually be the critics of the NRA that have reason to be optimistic.
46% : Probably not.
44% : Will the coronavirus kill the gun lobby?
42% : The fact that the coronavirus pandemic is shrinking its bank accounts might mean that the NRA loses much of the ammunition it has used to kill common sense gun reform for the past 25 years.
40% : Even with internal conflicts and questions regarding its leadership, the NRA has remained a political force like no other, one that routinely makes a difference not only in closely contested elections, but in courtrooms across the country where it regularly files Second Amendment related lawsuits opposing any form of firearm restrictions.
16% : With less than six months to go until the 2020 election, low NRA coffers would mean lower political influence.

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