This morning I received a couple of notes referencing a Big Government post by Brian Cates. In turn, Cates references a Maureen Dowd interview with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
Murphy said it was hard, flying down on Air Force One with the trepidatious Sandy Hook families, to explain that they would be lobbying to get a vote on a vote. “They thought they were coming down here to argue for a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks, and we told them that they were coming to argue to avert a filibuster and allow us to debate,” he said. “And that was really heartbreaking and deflating for some of them. But they rose to the occasion, and it was wonderful to see them at the end of the trip feeling like they had made a difference.”
What exactly were the families told prior to the flight? Did they make assumptions or were they told something that was not true?
Some are suggesting Murphy lied to the families – or tricked them – while encouraging them to come to Washington. There is no evidence at all to support that. My guess is those responsible for communicating with the families were not clear about the trip’s mission. Their is no indication the families complained or stated they were duped into going to Washington.
In the article, Murphy also states…
“Gun ownership has dramatically dropped over the last 20 years, so now it’s about selling a larger number of more expensive weapons to a smaller number of customers,” the senator said. “The N.R.A., doing the bidding of the industry, ratchets up paranoia about government so that those people will go out and buy more guns.”
Talk about projection. The NRA has not needed to do a damn thing to sell any weapons at all since 2008. The proposed policies and past history of politicians like President Obama and Murphy, along with the knee-jerk anti-gun lobby is doing plenty to increase sales and ensure ammunition is in short supply.
Also, I do not believe gun ownership has “dramatically dropped” during the last 20 years. As I understand it, hunting has become less popular in many states, but I would like to see the statistics showing a gun ownership decline. I know plenty of people who got into shooting sports and firearms during the last five to seven years. Where the number of hunters may have declined, the number of IDPA and other similar shooting sports has greatly increased.
Can anyone point to any statistics to prove Murphy’s point? He’s not talking to me…