Recently, Georgia lawmakers voted to deny Delta Airlines a fuel tax break because Delta took a stance against the National Rifle Association. That begs the question, which Texas lawmakers, national, state or local, are in the pockets of the NRA?

David Dumas

Galveston

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Steve Fouga

I assume nearly all of them. This is Texas. [cool]

Gary Miller

Steve. All or none? Depends on which voters elected them.

Carlos Ponce

"Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. So how much money is the national gun-rights group giving Texas elected officials? Not as much as you might expect."
"Gun rights groups are powerful in Texas — but not because of money"
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/22/texas-politicians-receive-donations-nra/
"In their pocket" is misleading. More like sharing common feelings towards Constitutional rights.
NRA gave Texans $68,900 in 2016 ($3000 of which went to Democrat Henry Cuellar)[scared]
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/15/here-are-the-states-that-got-the-most-nra-money-in-the-2016-campaign.html
BUT -
Planned Parenthood of North Texas alone gave Texans politicians $57,529 in 2016 .[scared]
http://www.opensecrets.org
But there are other Planned Parenthood PACS and individuals giving in behalf of Planned Parenthood who donate to Texas politicians. So that $57,529 figure does not represent all.
To rephrase David Dumas Question That begs the question, which Texas lawmakers are in the pockets of Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood is subsidized by the US government, NRA is not.

PD Hyatt

You are so right Mr. Ponce as Planned Parenthood received over 500 million from the progressive leftist that currently reside in Washington D.C. Most of it goes to the slaughtering of the innocent upon the altar of convenience that they call "choice"....

Gary Miller

PP gets $500 million a year from PP owned congressmen. PP donates $57,529 to one of several Texas Chapters but a voter is worried about NRA influence of $68,900 on the entire state. No NRA money was taxpayers money.

Steve Fouga

Take a look at this article. It's neither friendly nor unfriendly, just stating the fact that the NRA spends a lot on TX politicians. These are just the TX congressional delegation: https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/texas-nra-campaign-donations/

Personally, I'm against contributions from special-interest groups of all types, but not against lobbying per se.

Carlos Ponce

"NRA spends a lot on TX politicians"
It's a matter of perspective. Consider two animals: the ant and the elephant
If the ant steps on you most believe you would barely feel it.
But if an elephant steps on you ....[scared]
NRA - just a bit player in the political world.

Steve Fouga

NRA a bit player! Hahahahaha! They punch way above their popularity.

Carlos Ponce

Sorry, Steve. NRA IS a bit player. Look at the list. NRA isn't on it:
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
Their stance and influence is heightened by the Leftist media. They are a useful scapegoat when Liberal policies don't work. They really don't have much political "punch". But since the Leftist media and politicians have attacked them their membership is UP! Even Steve Fouga might join!

Carlos Ponce

"They punch way above their popularity."
Sounds like our loyal Democratic forum posters![smile]

Gary Miller

Steve! The success of the NRA depends on support of voters not money spent. 250 million US citizens are gun owners. Not all vote with the NRA but many do.

PD Hyatt

IMHO the real question should be Who in the Texas House and Senate are NOT members of the NRA! Who of our elected officials hate our United States Constitution's 2nd Amendment? Once that becomes apparent then that should tell all Constitutional Patriots who to vote out of office ASAP....

Don Schlessinger

Agree PDH.

Gary Scoggin

So, if you’re not an NRA member you hate the Constitution’s Second Amendment. Thanks for clearing that up.

Jim Forsythe

Since the NRA itself claims to have 5 million members and the USA has 247,813,910 adults, that leaves about 242,813,910 adults that hate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
Diferant people belive that the Constitution Second Amendment should be followed in different ways. The Constitution has been changed and added too since it was first written. The Second Amendment will contiuned to be to reinterpret as we change.

Carlos Ponce

"that leaves about 242,813,910 adults that hate the Constitution’s Second Amendment"
That is faulty logic, Jim. I'm not a member because I would rather contribute funds to my church and the Hitchcock Education Foundation. But I fully support the goals of the NRA and stand by to our Constitution. And there are others likewise who are not members but don't hate the Constitution.

Steve Fouga

Wow, this is bizarre. Carlos isn't an NRA member, and yet I thought he was a supporter of our Constitution...

This is as good example as I've seen, of the ridiculousness of attaching patriotism to NRA membership. I haven't met Carlos in person, and yet I KNOW he's as solid a citizen as anyone on these boards. Maybe anyone period.

I'm not a member either. I used to be, and I appreciate some of the NRA's efforts to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. Here's how I came to let my membership expire: When applying for a security clearance that current White House officials are proving unable to secure, I had to list all the organizations I was a member of. I asked my security officer what that meant. "Like, what about the NRA?" "Well, that's exactly the type of organization we're interested in." Hmmmm.

To me, this was an indicator that the NRA was sort of OK, but viewed as questionable. This is how I see the NRA to this day. I view their actions as helpful to me as a gun owner, but bordering on weird, American and yet strangely un-American. Long story short, I let my membership expire, thereby losing access to a 300-yd range because I didn't want a potential NRA stigma on future security clearance applications. (FULL DISCLOSURE this was back when the Government took security clearances seriously -- the Ford-Carter-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama years.)

Carlos Ponce

I support the Constitution but I am not an NRA member. But I think it's a good organization promoting gun safety.
I was never a Boy Scout but I supported that organization although not monetarily. If more young men were traditional Boy Scouts our young men would have fewer problems. But I feel it is morphing into a Leftist politically correct organization. So sad.[sad]
I was never a Girl Scout but support that organization through their cookie sales.[beam]
I was once a member of TSTA but discovered it is DEFINITELY a Leftist organization.
I am a Catholic Christian but have disagreements with the hierarchy. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict were conservative but they selected some very Liberal bishops. I go by the Bible and teachings found in the Catholic Catechism. And I do give church tithes.
I was never a member of the armed forces of the United States. But I fully support them and the men and women who serve and have served. But I felt the last administration tried to change it into a politically correct organization. It is under better leadership now.

Jim Forsythe

PD Hyatt Mar 7, 2018 8:06am post, is correct because it only applies to elected officials?
If you believe in the NRA, you should join. You are getting the benefits of the NRA.
It's $3.33 a month.

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