Anti-Gun Groups Circling the Bowl?

It certainly looks that way.  I would encourage everyone not to get too complacent.  It’s quite possible a big part of why Brady & Company is struggling is because the left is so preoccupied with getting us out of Iraq, they aren’t thinking too much about the gun control issue these days.   In other words, this could be rather temporary, and fortunes could change.

5 Responses to “Anti-Gun Groups Circling the Bowl?”

  1. PN NJ says:

    Don’t forget the Joyce Foundation, which makes fairly large grants to the VPC on a regular basis.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Yeah… Joyce is sitting on a mountain of assets. Something like 800 million in assets. They aren’t going to go away any time soon, but you do have to wonder if they feel like they shouldn’t keep dumping money into a losing cause (VPC).

  3. Guav says:

    I don’t think so.

    Part of the Left’s problem is that they are comprised of a collection of special interests and smaller groups of Democrats focused on different things, not a relatively unified party. The Left has it’s pro-choice component, it’s environmental components, the labor unions, the gun controllers, various ethnic minority groups, etc …

    And whereas the Anti-Iraq War coalition is undoubtedly made up of people from all of those, all those seperate groups still exist and push for their agenda irregardless of what’s going on in the Anti-Iraq War front. Personally, being far more Left than Right, I’ve had no problem vocally advocating against the war in Iraq and against gun control for years. I mean, I can chew gum and walk at the same time.

    So although we shouldn’t get lazy, of course, I tend to think that Brady & Company are circling the bowl simply because Americans in general are no longer buying what their sellling. I mean, they certainly haven’t let up their efforts in the last 4-5 years.

  4. Cam says:

    The problem is that, as mentioned above, there are plenty of big dollar donors willing to finance what they see as successful efforts to push/pass gun control. There hasn’t been a lot of that going around over the past few years, but I don’t think that means a reduction in money spent. I think that means more money being funnelled to groups like Legal Community Against Violence and other organizations that are seeing some success (in CA most notably).

  5. PN NJ says:

    LCAV also receives Joyce funding, as does Bloomberg’s coalition of mayors and various other gun control groups.

    In 2006, Joyce grants for “gun violence” programs totaled $3.3 million. In 2007 thus far, $1.1 million. (Some grants are intended to be spread out over periods of 18-24 months. Actual yearly disbursements probably average around $2 million.)

    We should at least appreciate the fact that Joyce is willing to disclose this information.