— Speaker of the House John Boehner • During a closed-door meeting of Republicans to discuss gun control on Tuesday, according to an unidentified lawmaker who spoke to The Hill. The source also claims that Speaker Boehner told the assembled GOP members that “it’s not helpful” to call for the arming of teachers. Boehner promised not to agree to anything “knee-jerk”, but certainly appears willing to at least come to the table and discuss potential changes to American gun control laws for the first time. source (via shortformblog)
The NRA is a lobbying group, why is anyone worried about abandoning them? The 2nd amendment is important of course, but not an organization. The NRA doesn’t speak for all gun owners the same as the RIAA doesn’t speak for all musicians. As a country we shouldn’t feel like we need to include the NRA in making positive steps forward. They will either take part in the conversation or not, and if they choose not they should be left behind.
Boehner was talking to a room of people dependent on the NRA’s money to keep their jobs. That’s the only reason they care, and that’s all they care about.