Wednesday, January 6, 2016

For elected officials in the East Bay, it never hurts to attack the NRA

Rep. Barbara Lee took the NRA to task Tuesday
for blocking gun control legislation in Congress.
CONGRESS | 13TH DISTRICT | East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee applauded President Barack Obama’s executive order to limit gun violence, but not before blasting the National Rifle Association.

“As a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I am committed to working with my colleagues to find real and comprehensive solutions to end gun violence in our communities. It’s past time for Congress to start listening to the American people and not the NRA,” Lee said Tuesday.

Lee also criticized the Republican-controlled House for not taking action to block individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms. “If they are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, why aren't they too dangerous to have a weapon that fires 800 rounds per minute?” said Lee.

Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan has relished
an attack made against her recently by the NRA.
For progressives, though, using the NRA as a punching bag for rising incidents of gun violence in America is nothing new, especially in Lee’s decidedly left wing congressional district that includes Oakland.

On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council passed new gun control restrictions, including legislation first introduced by Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan prohibiting firearms left unattended in automobiles. Last month, in a press release, the NRA voiced criticism of Oakland’s proposed gun legislation, but the attack against Kaplan was somewhat tepid. Nonetheless, Kaplan, has repeatedly referenced the NRA comments, albeit, more as a badge of honor than anything else.

“The NRA claim that they are for responsible gun ownership. But leaving a gun loose in the backseat of an unattended car is incredibly irresponsible. The NRA should not defend leaving guns loose where they can easily get into the hands of criminals and end up with people killed,” Kaplan said earlier this week. “If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”

In a brief interview following the final council meeting of the year, Kaplan admitted having the NRA attack you is beneficial for an Oakland progressive. With a smile, she said, "It never hurts."


  1. By MW:

    Actually not counting suicides, guns used In necessary instances of self defense, and other cases of justifiable homicide, many more people are killed every year by drivers who are impaired due to drunkenness and/or being on drugs than by gun violence.

    And lawyers have far and away the highest rates of alcoholism and drug abuse of any major profession.

    However since the majority of high ranking elected officials who are members of the Democratic Party are also lawyers, and many of those high ranking Democrat lawyer/public/officials also have a history of alcoholism and/or drug abuse, and to give just a few examples think of Nadia Lockyer, John Burton, and the Kennedy family, therefore neither Barbara Lee nor Dianne Feinstein nor any other prominent member of the Demagogue Party will strongly campaign against allowing people to drive who are alcoholics and/or drug addicts.

  2. By MW:

    Barbara Lee is one of the highest ranking members of the Lemmings-o-cratic Party.

    The top leadership of the Lemmings-o-cratic Party is primarily composed of demagogues, charlatans, scam artists, thieves, ripoff artists, and blood sucking leeches - but who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians - in other words the generals, creatures such as and similar to Feinstein, Pelosi, John Edwards, Jerry Brown, Willie Brown, Bill Lockyer, Barbara Lee, Desley Brooks, Ron Dellums, and the Clintons, etc, and who realize that the most profitable and effective method for ripping the general public off is by pretending to be a liberal and by pretending to be interested in improving the lives of the little people.

    However the bulk of the Lemmings-o-cratic Party is made up of much lower ranking members, in other words the buck privates, the suckers and cannon fodder, who due to gullibility and/or lack of intelligence actually accept and believe the lies, garbage, and nonsense peddled by the generals in the Lemmings-o-cratic Party.

  3. I'm a progress and I can read and write. I know that most gun owners are not members of the NRA and most gun owners are in favor of effective gun control, especially a federally-based registration program.

    Oakland's intellectually-retarded and completely ignorant council members are playing political games with the NRA bogeyman. They might as well be talking about the commies hiding under your bed.

    The NRA has absolutely nothing to do with the high level of gun violence in Oakland. The new "gun control" ordinances in Oakland have little or nothing to do with reducing gun violence in this city.

    If only we had some intelligent, responsible and well-informed council members who would spend their time (and our money) on real problem-solving for Oakland's terrible gun crime problems.

  4. Only way to reduce violence in Oakland is my "Community Empowered Safety Plan." 1. Concealed carry to all good men. 2. Teaching people, regardless if they're criminals, how to be acquire wealthy legally and fast, without depriving the life and property of others using my CESP5 method. My followers make over 22K a month, that is why I, Peter Liu, is running for CA Governor 2018.