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Tell the NRA to stand down in the wake of Sandy Hook

"Teachers stand up to gunmen, but Congress won't stand up to the NRA." That's what one of the signs read when hundreds of people joined CREDO's Emergency March on the NRA in Washington, DC.

After the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the massacre of 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rifle Association. In order to stop the senseless killing we must first stop the NRA.

The National Rifle Association is a powerful lobby that pretends to represent gun owners. But in reality, it represents the deadly interests of arms dealers and gun manufacturers.1 And it has been astonishingly successful at blocking regulations that would keep our children safe from gun violence.2

Tell the NRA to stand down, and allow Congress and the President to pass gun control legislation.

On Monday, CREDO organized hundreds of people to march on the National Rifle Association's lobbying office in Washington, DC. They chanted "Shame on the NRA!" and delivered one simple demand: Stand down and let us pass gun control.

Most NRA members are unaware of the organization's extreme stances that have blocked the passage of any major piece of gun legislation in nearly two decades.3

Through lobbying, campaign spending, and inciting a paranoia about government among a radical fringe in their membership, the NRA has helped defeat common sense gun measures that polls show an overwhelming majority of gun owners support.4

The NRA has successfully blocked efforts to limit the ability to purchase military-style semi-automatic assault rifles and high capacity ammunition clips.5

The NRA has successfully blocked efforts to restrict weapons sales to individuals on the U.S. terrorism watch list.6

The NRA successfully defeated the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty which would have required countries exporting conventional weapons to certify that they weren't being shipped to a terrorist group or a nation under a U.N. arms embargo like North Korea or Iran.7

It's time to end the tyranny of guns. Tell the NRA to stand down, and allow Congress and the President to pass gun control legislation.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre there is momentum in Washington, DC to pass commonsense federal reforms including ensuring that a background check is conducted whenever a gun is sold, banning the sales of military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines, and making arms trafficking a federal crime.

As Senator Manchin's former Chief of Staff explained in the Huffington Post, "Unlike some interest groups, where it is money that creates influence, here it is more the threat of response... The idea is that if you come out for any type of gun control, any type of common-sense reform, they are going to come after you, especially if you are a red-state Democrat. And they will paint you with a broad brush as being anti-gun."8

After the massacre not a single one of the 31 senators who received an A grade from the NRA would agree to appear on the influential Sunday morning talk show, Meet the Press. But then Sen. Joe Manchin, a stalwart NRA supporter said that "the massacre of so many innocent children has changed--has changed America" and that gun control should be up for debate.

This is a rare moment where change is possible. We need to prove ourselves worthy of this moment. In his address to the nation, President Obama vowed "to take meaningful action."9 We will hold him accountable for sending legislation to Capitol Hill to address the crisis of gun violence in this country. But Congress, which for decades has bowed to self-interest when called to courage on the issue of guns, is not likely to pass any bill proposed by the White House if we don't stand up and force the NRA to stand down.

Tell the NRA to stand down, and allow Congress and the President to pass gun control legislation.

Together, we can make this happen.

1. Lee Fang, "Does the NRA Represent Gun Manufacturers or Gun Owners?." The Nation, 12-14-12.
2. Ed Pilkington, "NRA: 10 ways it has weakened gun-control laws in the US." The Guardian, 04-13-12.
3. Gail Collins, "Guns and the Slog." New York Times, 06-20-2012. 4. ibid
5. Ed Pilkington, "NRA: 10 ways it has weakened gun-control laws in the US." The Guardian, 04-13-12.
6. William Brangham, "On terrorist watch list, but allowed to buy guns." PBS, 04-28-11.
7. Ed Pilkington, "NRA: 10 ways it has weakened gun-control laws in the US." The Guardian, 04-13-12.
8. Sam Stein and Paul Blumenthal, "The Gun Lobby: Why The NRA Is The Baddest Force In Politics." Huffington Post, 12/17/12.
9. Devin Dwyer, "Obama Ready for 'Meaningful Action' on Gun Control." ABC News, 12-15-12.

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