The National Rifle Association isn’t a part of the federal government. Instead, they represent millions of American gun owners. While not all who have a firearm are members of the NRA, a lot of them are and the NRA tries to speak for all of them.
However, the NRA doesn’t make judicial appointments. It, like every other politically-focused group out there, tried to exert what influence they had when it came to judicial appointments, but they don’t actually make them or confirm them.
It doesn’t matter, though, because anti-gunners like Sen. Dick Blumenthal and his anti-gun group allies are going to lash out anyway.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday for working to reshape the federal judiciary while Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court advances in the Senate.
The Democrats were joined by gun violence advocacy groups Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady and March for Our Lives to discuss a new report led by Blumenthal that details the gun industry’s funding of judges in lower courts and now for Barrett.
“This report shows how beholden Republicans have become to the NRA, how corrupt the funneling of money has become, how there is coordination between consultants and media groups used by the NRA and Republican candidates and especially the Trump campaign. We believe that the public should be aware of this alarming campaign to capture the courts and it will have effect on American justice,” Blumenthal said on a press call on Friday.
Blumenthal, however, failed to note that anti-gun groups have dropped a whole lot more than the NRA has in recent years. In 2020 alone, former New York City mayor and anti-gun jihadist Michael Bloomberg dropped around a billion dollars on elections.
Meanwhile, according to The Trace, who does not like the NRA at all, the organization spent $23.4 million in total. That’s spread out between the presidential campaigns and numerous congressional races.
One man dropped more than four times that, yet Blumenthal continues with the whole “NRA spending bad” thing.
Honestly, it’s impossible to take the man seriously.
The problem, however, is that the media doesn’t check this. They take Blumenthal and people like him at face value. They say the NRA spends a lot–which they do–and suddenly it’s the end of the republic.
Meanwhile, there’s no mention of how anti-gun groups and people like Bloomberg have spent as much, if not more, than the NRA. Why is it that no one in the media suggests that Blumenthal is bought and paid for?
While the NRA may have tried to exert a little influence with friendly senators in order to get pro-gun judges confirmed, that’s no different than what Everytown did in an effort to oppose them.
That’s kind of how the game is played, for crying out loud. It’s a normal part of the process.
Sure, if you have a problem with that, that’s fine. But if you’re going to go down that path, be consistent. Blumenthal and people like him aren’t. They have a problem with the NRA’s money being in politics, but not their side’s. It’s hypocritical, to say the least.
Especially since it’s not like that made a damn bit of difference in “transforming” the judicial branch of government–a transformation that consisted of filling appointments.
My days of not taking Blumenthal are…well, they’re not even close to a middle.