Someone has suggested that the NRA is more scared of Letitia James than Mark Kelly. Maybe the NRA folks have nightmares about each on alternate nights. I dunno.
What’s scaring them? A summary: On January 5, 2024, NY A.G. James got a huge settlement of $100,00 right before the trial where she was about to bring a case alleging “financial corruption” by “senior leaders” of the NRA. These allegations resulted in the resignation of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Executive Director Joshua Powell.
This settlement is just the opening act. The trial of the NRA is still to come. This has to have had a ripple effect over in the U.S. Legislature. Can anyone be seen being too cozy with the NRA? Maybe not until this all blows over.
But, right now Senator Mark Kelly is a co-sponsor of S. 3369, the GOSAFE Act (Gas-Operated Semi-Automatic Firearms Exclusion (GOSAFE) Act) introduced in the Senate last December and working its way through committee. Among other things, the bill limits the amount of ammunition that can be added onto a weapon via external magazines. https://www.kelly.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Fact-Sheet_GOSAFE-Act.pdf
“The Uvalde mass shooting suspect bought more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition before opening fire and killing 22 people at Robb Elementary School, a law enforcement official said during a news conference on Friday. A U.S. soldier would take 210 rounds into combat.”
Provisions of this bill would have made it harder for the Uvalde shooter to go into the school armed as he was with more ammunition than a US soldier carries into battle. Naturally the NRA isn’t going to want legislation preventing gun manufacturers from selling as much ammo as a kid can put on his debit card. So, I’m saying they’re scared this legislation might get passed. And it might.
I don’t know what people in NY would like to see in Ms. James’ future. I’m interested in seeing our AZ Sen. Kelly being put into a position to run for President in 2028, or so. Ms. Harris? My crystal ball shows her in judge’s robes, but I can’t make out where…
We now know that about 25-30% of voters in this country want some guy (yes guy, eyeroll) they can hero-worship. The Republicans are offering them a lout. (They have back-up louts, too, in case the #1 Lout can’t fulfill his loutish duties licking Russian boots.) Why not offer them a real American hero? It could work. Sure, in AZ there would have to be some excellent young people stepping up to fill his spot, and in the down-ticket as well, and it could be hard to coax the right ones, but you’d think after The Insurrection, the Cyber Ninjas, and Kari Lake stinking up the place, there might be some good young people that emerge. I‘m a retired teacher. I don’t think patriotism is something that used to be…the vaunted “3%” we hear that is only for Colonists back in the 1770s and right wing extremists? No. My sons and all their friends and all their children love this country. They got this.