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BREAKING :
RECENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT IN THE BAY AREA, SOCIAL MEDIA IS PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN FIREARMS SALES. ONE POST SHOWED THE MAN WALKING THROUGH A HOME BRANDISHING A GUN WITH A HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE AND TAPPING AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN ON HER BUTTOCKS WITH THE BARREL. IN ANOTHER, HE WAVED A PISTOL LOADED WITH A 50-ROUND DRUM MAGAZINE IN THE AIR WHILE DRIVING A CAR. THEY’RE TWO OF SEVERAL SNAPCHAT POSTS BY ANTHONY REED, A 22-YEAR-OLD NEVADA RESIDENT WHO PROSECUTORS ALLEGE USED THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO MARKET WEAPONS IN CALIFORNIA.NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS. NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS.FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE ATTACKED WALMART FOR SELLING FIREARMS AFTER A FEW EMPLOYEES OF THE BUSINESS GIANT CALLED FOR A WALKOUT BECAUSE THE COMPANY SELLS FIREARMS. BUT AS TWITCHY NOTED, A REPORTER FOR BUSINESS INSIDER DESTROYED THE PERSPECTIVE THE CANDIDATES AND SOME GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES WERE PUSHING BY VISITING WALMART AND DISCOVERING THAT IT IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM THERE.WALMART CEO DOUG MCMILLON HAS RESPONDED TO A PETITION CALLING ON HIS COMPANY TO STOP SELLING GUNS IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE RETAILER’S STORES. MCMILLON RESPONDED TO THE PETITION AND E-MAIL, SAYING HE APPRECIATES THAT HE AND THE OTHER SIGNEES CARE ABOUT SAFETY. HE SAID THAT SALES AND PROFIT “ARE NOT DRIVING OUR DECISIONS HERE,” AND THAT THE COMPANY IS CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO REACT TO THE MASS SHOOTING EPIDEMIC. IT MIGHT NOT SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN HE DIDN’T PROMISE TO BAN THE SALE OF GUNS IN HIS STORES. FLORIDA’S TOP GUN LOBBYIST TOOK A SECOND SHOT THURSDAY AT A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT SEEKS TO PREVENT THE POSSESSION AND SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. MARION HAMMER, A LOBBYIST FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND UNIFIED SPORTSMEN OF FLORIDA, APPEARED BEFORE STATE ECONOMISTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK TO CLARIFY HER OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSAL SHE CLAIMS WOULD RESULT IN ALL RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS BEING OUTLAWED IN THE STATE.

NAT’L – NRA – Can the NRA Survive its Current Crisis?

The National Rifle Association faced the most serious crisis of its modern existence. Dissidents within the NRA directly challenged Executive Director Wayne LaPierre’s leadership. Not only had the nation’s oldest gun group’s net worth declined by more than $60 million, exacerbated by stagnant membership numbers, but LaPierre stood accused of wasteful spending, as had the NRA’s public relations firm, Ackerman-McQueen. One former NRA insider accused both of “financial bloodsucking.” Worse, the NRA suffered political reversals at the polls, and their reputation was further tarnished in the aftermath of a devastating massacre, and the organization’s maladroit public comments. The crisis came to a head over a celebrity brought in to improve the organization’s image and save LaPierre’s job. This crisis moment for the NRA came not last year, but over twenty years ago. LaPierre weathered that storm, including political losses in the 1992 elections and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, thanks in part to LaPierre’s installment of actor Charlton Heston to beat back the insurgents and improve the NRA’s tarnished image. The ploy worked, and the NRA went on to help elect gun-friendly president George W. Bush, paving the way for the enactment of its top policy priorities.  [full article]

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BREAKING :
RECENT INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT IN THE BAY AREA, SOCIAL MEDIA IS PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN FIREARMS SALES. ONE POST SHOWED THE MAN WALKING THROUGH A HOME BRANDISHING A GUN WITH A HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE AND TAPPING AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN ON HER BUTTOCKS WITH THE BARREL. IN ANOTHER, HE WAVED A PISTOL LOADED WITH A 50-ROUND DRUM MAGAZINE IN THE AIR WHILE DRIVING A CAR. THEY’RE TWO OF SEVERAL SNAPCHAT POSTS BY ANTHONY REED, A 22-YEAR-OLD NEVADA RESIDENT WHO PROSECUTORS ALLEGE USED THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM TO MARKET WEAPONS IN CALIFORNIA.NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS. NASCAR HAS REPORTEDLY BANNED ALL ADVERTISEMENTS FEATURING ASSAULT WEAPONS DUE TO A "GRADUAL SHIFT" IN THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON GUNS.FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HAVE ATTACKED WALMART FOR SELLING FIREARMS AFTER A FEW EMPLOYEES OF THE BUSINESS GIANT CALLED FOR A WALKOUT BECAUSE THE COMPANY SELLS FIREARMS. BUT AS TWITCHY NOTED, A REPORTER FOR BUSINESS INSIDER DESTROYED THE PERSPECTIVE THE CANDIDATES AND SOME GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES WERE PUSHING BY VISITING WALMART AND DISCOVERING THAT IT IS ANYTHING BUT SIMPLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM THERE.WALMART CEO DOUG MCMILLON HAS RESPONDED TO A PETITION CALLING ON HIS COMPANY TO STOP SELLING GUNS IN THE WAKE OF TWO MASS SHOOTINGS AT THE RETAILER’S STORES. MCMILLON RESPONDED TO THE PETITION AND E-MAIL, SAYING HE APPRECIATES THAT HE AND THE OTHER SIGNEES CARE ABOUT SAFETY. HE SAID THAT SALES AND PROFIT “ARE NOT DRIVING OUR DECISIONS HERE,” AND THAT THE COMPANY IS CONSIDERING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO REACT TO THE MASS SHOOTING EPIDEMIC. IT MIGHT NOT SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN HE DIDN’T PROMISE TO BAN THE SALE OF GUNS IN HIS STORES. FLORIDA’S TOP GUN LOBBYIST TOOK A SECOND SHOT THURSDAY AT A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT SEEKS TO PREVENT THE POSSESSION AND SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. MARION HAMMER, A LOBBYIST FOR THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION AND UNIFIED SPORTSMEN OF FLORIDA, APPEARED BEFORE STATE ECONOMISTS FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK TO CLARIFY HER OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSAL SHE CLAIMS WOULD RESULT IN ALL RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS BEING OUTLAWED IN THE STATE.