The NRA looks to the Supreme Court for salvation

The NRA looks to the Supreme Court for salvation

© Getty Images The National Rifle Association (NRA) couldn’t be more excited about the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre noted in a recent ad , “Our time is now. This [is] our historic moment to go on offense and restore American greatness… and put a pro-#2A [Second Amendment] majority on the Supreme Court that will defend individual freedom for generations to come.” It’s no secret why the N.R.A. is greeting this vacancy like Christmas in July. For one thing, they’ve spent enormous resources trying to buy influence in Washington. The NRA paid out more than $55 million to elect President Trump and ensure a friendly Congress, in addition to at least $2 million supporting the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. But the NRA’s fixation with the Supreme Court is about more than seeking a return on their investment. Put simply, the gun lobby is desperate for a big win. Almost five months have passed since 17 teenagers and their teachers and coaches were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. During that time, it’s become clear that NRA’s extreme agenda — which boils down to guns everywhere and for everyone, no questions asked — is a losing proposition among almost every audience. They’ve lost the American public. For the first time in almost two decades, the NRA is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans. Conversely, 66 percent of voters support stronger gun laws, the […]

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