What Do People Think the NRA Does Exactly? | National Review Online: "If you have spent even a small amount of time looking at how the NRA’s activities are typically covered in the media, you will recognize that language such as "hostage crisis" is sadly par for the course. In the imagination of the press corps, the NRA is always overriding the people in some way or another, and politicians are always being “intimidated” by it (usually to the extent that they are forced to “pander.”) Still, I wonder: Do the outfit’s smarter critics write and speak in this way because they don’t know any better or because they recognize that it is effective in riling up their allies? The NRA is an advocacy group, not an enumerated branch of the government, and it achieves its legislative goals by telling the public how their representatives voted on a particular question and then comparing those votes to its agenda."
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