I spent Friday in Washington listening to DC talk radio as the Newtown CT story evolved in real time.
I seems to me that once upon a time, the NRA mission had the respect of many non-sportsmen and unarmed citizens. Their emphasis on gun safety, especially for junior was commendable. Then, the evolution of hand weaponry and changes in society have led to what may be a corruption of that mission. Not quite between the lines, possibly just short of full disclosure, The President addressed the need for this nation to re-address Gun Control. I left Washington with the belief that our politicians could and should stand strong and provide the leadership in this matter to be called Statesmen. We shall see.
Another take-away from my day in DC was that the NRA may no longer be as powerful a career changer for the politicians. It's days as a strong lobby may be ebbing. Today, the NRA is at a crossroad. Will it become part of the solution or part of the problem? While Congress can not agee on the Fiscal Cliff, I expect the membership of the NRA to take a good look at what the nation wants/needs/demands and self police themselves to create and recommend change of policy for themselves and the nation.
To Congress, beware! Between the 60% of American who votes, and the 40% who failed to vote, 2014 could be the Year of the Turnover.