NRA becomes toxic when exposed to light, says Dan Gross:
In the weeks since George Zimmermanâ€™s killing of Trayvon Martin, corporate America has been force fed a crash survey of public opinion on gun policy. Some of Americaâ€™s most popular â€“and message-savvy â€” companies announced their swift verdict when they, and then ALEC,Â withdrew support for the National Rifle Associationâ€™s paranoid, violent agenda.
You’d think with Gross’s background, he’d know that corporate PR departments generally eschew any kind of controversy. The reason they put the screws to ALEC is because they were looking to ALEC to defend their economic interests, and didn’t want to be associated with ancillary issues like gun rights or voting rights. Sean makes a very cogent argument that the real target of this was the Voter ID law. In this case, the astroturf campaign run by Soros seized upon the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to defang ALEC, and ALEC, being largely funded by corporate interests, obliged.
But nothing in Gross’s wild eyed ramblings changes the fact that a movement that has people power does not require the use of ALEC. They believe the tide is turning in their favor. I think that entirely depends on us. It is time to awaken the sleeping giant. Tell your shooting buddies to get ready, because over the next several months, everything we worked for the past two decades is going to be under fierce attack, and it will all be on the line. All of it. But if we go into 2013 having beaten them, they’ll be finished. This is our opportunity.