Political Capital

Posts tagged: National Rifle Association

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during the House Appropriations Committee to snack on during the markup of a fiscal 2012 interior and environment draft bill.

Photograph by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, during the House Appropriations Committee to snack on during the markup of a fiscal 2012 interior and environment draft bill.

Simpson Bags NRA Backing in Idaho

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson, whose Republican primary challenger is backed by the Club ForGrowth, today bagged the endorsement of the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association, delivered the group’s endorsement...

Read more »

An armed security guard at an elementary school.

Photograph by Steven Lane/The Columbian/AP Photo

An armed security guard at an elementary school.

Washington Daybook: Dueling Agendas

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who favors new gun-control laws, will speak at the National Press Club today about the status of gun legislation in the House. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, an Arkansas Republican, will unveil the National Rifle...

Read more »

The King College Prep band plays as the hearse carrying the body of Hadiya Pendleton arrives at Cedar Park Cemetery in Riverdale, Illinois, on February 9, 2013.

Photograph by Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images

The King College Prep band plays as the hearse carrying the body of Hadiya Pendleton arrives at Cedar Park Cemetery in Riverdale, Illinois, on February 9, 2013.

Mayors Take Aim at the Possible: Background Checks for Gun-Buyers

The tragedy of the narrative is breathtaking. The pragmatism of the political calculation is sobering: Hadiya Pendleton, 15, performed with her Chicago high school band at President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration. She was gunned down in Chicago a week later....

Read more »

A Fairfax County police officer at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia.

Photograph by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A Fairfax County police officer at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia.

NRA: Schools Need ‘Security Blanket’

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association spokesman who proposes arming the guards of the nation’s schools in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, will call on Congress tomorrow to lay a “blanket of security” with a School Shield Program. “We...

Read more »

A man talks on a cell phone while carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle he is trying to sell at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

Photograph by George Frey/Bloomberg

A man talks on a cell phone while carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle he is trying to sell at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 5, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39

That’s the percentage of Americans who say that President Barack Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence are “about right,” according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a plurality position in the survey taken Jan. 17-20. Thirty-one percent of respondents, including...

Read more »

Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran shakes Jim Brady's hand outside the U.S. Supreme Court during a news conference on filing a law brief. Brady was injured when John Hinckley, Jr.  attacked President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Photograph by Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran shakes Jim Brady's hand outside the U.S. Supreme Court during a news conference on filing a law brief. Brady was injured when John Hinckley, Jr. attacked President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Sarah Brady’s Gun Control Worry: Getting All to ‘Work Together’

One year ago, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the oldest gun-control advocacy groups, began reinventing itself with a focus on public education. It hired a new president, a New York advertising executive with no background in...

Read more »

One of two police officers carrying an AR-15 assault rifle stands guard at the west entrance of Grand Island Senior High School, in Grand Island, Neb.

Photograph by Barrett Stinson/The Grand Island Independent/AP Photo

One of two police officers carrying an AR-15 assault rifle stands guard at the west entrance of Grand Island Senior High School, in Grand Island, Neb.

White House Scolds NRA for Ad Challenging Obama Over Children

Updated at 12:10 pm EST The White House scolded the National Rifle Association today for an ad calling the president an “elitist hypocrite” on gun control because his children have armed protection. Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary, called the...

Read more »

An NRA supporter in Des Moines.

Photograph by Danny Wilcox Frazier/Redux

An NRA supporter in Des Moines.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47

That’s the percentage of House members who received funding from the National Rifle Association’s political committee in their most recent race, according to the Sunlight Foundation. The NRA, which has 4 million members, probably will oppose a package of proposals...

Read more »

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured two years ago when a gunman opened fired in Tucson, Arizona, and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly talk to Diane Sawyer about the need for changes in gun control laws and greater awareness of mental health issues on Jan. 5, 2013 in New York City.

Photograph by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured two years ago when a gunman opened fired in Tucson, Arizona, and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly talk to Diane Sawyer about the need for changes in gun control laws and greater awareness of mental health issues on Jan. 5, 2013 in New York City.

Tucson Two Years Later, Newtown: `Whose Child Has to Die Next?’

Two years after the Tucson, Arizona, shootings that critically injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, she and her husband are adding their voices to a movement for gun control. Big-city mayors are marking the anniversary with a TV ad tailored for...

Read more »

A display during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits on April 14, 2012 at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Photograph by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images

A display during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits on April 14, 2012 at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $719,596

That’s how much the National Rifle Association’s political action committee and individuals employed by the association gave to federal candidates during the 2012 elections. Republicans received $634,146, or 88 percent, and Democrats got $85,450, or 12 percent, according to the...

Read more »