As we've all heard, America has been struck by a terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, where a crazed individual shot up a movie theater playing the midnight premiere for Dark Knight Rises; killing 12 and leaving 59 injured.
But even with all the mass noise and uproar heard around the country regarding gun control, there has been near silence in Washington D.C. The reason is that the NRA-ILA or National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action is considered to be the most influential lobbyist group in the United States.
Politicians fear the NRA's history of success at winning in D.C., and their ability to influence elections and jobs. The issue of control has almost become a seemingly taboo subject in politics.
However, the Aurora shooting has forced President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney to discuss the topic, even though Congress has been accused of avoiding the issue.
Obama came forth to say that a mentally unstable person should not have access to such weapons and that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers and not on the streets. He also acknowledged the Second Amendment, hunting, shooting, and gun-ownership as being a rich part of American history. So this isn't exactly laying down the hammer on the NRA as much as it's just pointing out common sense without offending the NRA.
Mitt Romney has also come forth to say that he'll support the rights of hunters, the Second Amendment, etc. The LA Times posted an informative article this morning discussing Romney/Obama's approach in responding to the gun-control question stemming from the Aurora shooting.
One thing for sure is that the NRA, with its 4 million members and $220 million annual budget, has held Congress' b*lls in a vice. It's important to know why that is, or at least understand the mentality of the NRA. So here's a list comprised of why the NRA is so powerful and some NRA opinions on gun control to go along with it.
-Definitely check out the video. According to some comments, it was made by a "liberal d*****bag," but draw your own opinion.