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Thank goodness for the NRA

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Under the guise of patriotism and civil liberties, the NRA has acted as nothing less than a domestic terrorist organization; responsible for, oh, hundreds of thousands of deaths in this country in the name of the Constitution. People fear Al Queda. They fear BP. They fear plane crashes and drunk drivers and drug-related casualties.

What they should fear is the combination of the powerful NRA lobby with a right-leaning Supreme Court. A terrible combination.

This, from today’s USA Today …

June 21, 2010    Byline: Fredreka Schouten      USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – A high-profile effort by President Obama and top Democrats to clamp down on special ­interest spending in elections has faltered, nearly six months after a Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for unlimited corporate and union spending on independent campaign ads.

Action on a bill in Congress that aims to shine more light on such spending stalled after top House Democrats agreed to exempt the powerful National Rifle Association and other large non-profits from new disclosure rules.

“All restriction on political speech is repugnant,” Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the gun owners’ group, told USA TODAY.

“Am I happy that the NRA’s tongue is not cut for the 2010 … elections? Absolutely,” he said. “Do we still think this bill is unconstitutional? Absolutely.”