As the lobbying arm of NRA, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is dedicated to any issue affecting firearms ownership and use. They work vigorously to defeat restrictive gun control legislation, to pass pro-gun reform legislation and to educate the public about the facts concerning the many facets of gun ownership.
Speaking to all 3,000 of the assembled "progressive activists" at this
year's Netroots Nation conference, National Education Association vice
president Lily Eskelsen Garcia boldly declared a "prophecy" about the
eternal destiny of NRA and Second Amendment supporters, and of
politicians and lobbyists working to promote gun rights: "I'm not an
ordained minister; I'm not a theologian, but these guys are going to
Wow. Going to hell for supporting the Second Amendment? That type of radical thinking might explain the very high incidence of ridiculous cases involving over-zealous school officials misinterpreting and wrongly enforcing "zero-tolerance" rules — and doing so without exercising even the smallest measure of sound judgment, discretion or basic common sense.
According to a Mercury News article, the high-ranking NEA officer went on to say, "We have to make those senators as frightened of us as they are of the gun lobby. Shame on us if we give one inch to the gun lobby. They got where they are because they never give up. ... Now the movement is us; we are the ones we were waiting for."
As we note on a near-weekly basis, all of us agree that we want our children to be safe at school, and that reasonable safety measures should be followed. But, when pressed, gun-control proponents and even President Obama's own administration will admit that the restrictions they are pushing won't make schools and students any safer.
Do they really think that criminals and madmen will now suddenly and willingly comply with "universal" background checks and modern sporting rifle bans, or that a magazine capacity limit would have stopped Adam Lanza? No, they don't. No "educated" person could.