Support #NoRA, an organization that fights back against the outside influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA). And if you’ll be in Dallas on Saturday, May 5, join its protest of the NRA Convention.
The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018 released a tsunami of pent-up rage against pro-gun extremism and its ill effects.
#NoRA was born in the wake of that tragedy. Its mission, in its own words, is “To hack the culture and shine a bright light on the bloody hands of the NRA and the politicians they purchase; and to inform, register, and mobilize voters to reject NRA-funded candidates for office; and to raise funds for partner organizations who share our vision for a changed narrative and freedom from fear of gun violence.”
All these things need doing. In order to break the death-grip the NRA has on our Congress and our political process, we need to pursue a cultural shift, along the lines of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), to make gun extremism shameful.
In order to change the culture, we have to actively push back against the tactics of the NRA. As we note in the tail of this post, one of the reasons that the NRA is so effective is its supporters call their MoCs if there’s a whisper of a hint of a mutter of a supposition that they might put forward a bill that could possibly curtail gun access.
We have to make a habit of calling our MoCs, just as swiftly and in greater numbers, if we get word that they’re favoring gun-extremist legislation such as concealed carry reciprocity.
We also need to support candidates for office who embrace and celebrate their NRA ‘F’ ratings, and who promise to enact common-sense gun laws. #NoRA is devoted to doing this as well.
The organization also supports victims of gun violence of all sorts, and pursues nonviolent action to create a healthier, safer world.
If you’ll be in Dallas on Saturday, May 5, 2018, you can join its protest of the NRA Convention. The #NoRA event takes place from noon to 3 pm Central Time in Belo Garden Park on Main Street. Speakers include Alyssa Milano, Khary Penebaker, and Fred Guttenberg, parent of Jamie Guttenberg, who was among the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.
The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.
That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.
So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.
We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.
We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.
OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.
We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.
If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.
Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.
#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.