Guest post by David Garber
Please note: the image below is by Nick Ut/UAP via Bloomberg Business Week's article on the gun culture - available here.
NRA'S LATEST NUMBERS
As of January 15, 2013 the NRA membership grew to 4.25 million members, according to the organization. Whether that’s true or not, let’s go with it for a minute, as it’s their number.
As of 2012 there were 207,643,594 eligible voters in the U.S. Obviously not all of them register and not all of them vote. But they’re eligible.
Now doing a little math shows me that NRA members are .02053 or 2% of the pool of eligible voters… That’s if all of the NRA members vote. That leaves over 200 million other voters. So then why are we letting 2% of the voters scare our entire congress and hold a gun to their head?
For fear the NRA will back an opponent, too many of our elected officials are coddling to these gun toters and not listening to the people who they represent. Over sixty percent of those interviewed by Rassmussen say they favor background checks. Over 50% of NRA members approve of background checks. Then what’s the holdup (pardon the pun). You’re afraid of 2% of the whackjobs out there and aren’t afraid of the 60%. Maybe Bill Clinton was right. It’s a matter of arithmetic.
Maybe 2014 can’t come soon enough. There may be a huge sweep of incumbents, from both parties, wiped off of the congressional roster if they don’t wake up soon and do the people’s work and bidding. Stop the NRA’s special interests (If you thought banking was corrupt, check out the gun and ammo business). Believe me, there’s plenty of qualified people out there willing to take these elected jobs with their extended vacations and low approval ratings. Just give us a reason to keep you, or it’s going to be a pleasure to vote you out.
For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”