The National Rifle Association is issuing dire warnings as the Democrats prepare to take control of Congress this week, says the Washington Post. The combative 4-million-member lobby, displeased with the voting histories of Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi and other top House Democrats, is putting them on notice that it won’t tolerate passage of anti-gun measures. The only problem, says the Post: No one expects gun legislation this year. Also, a big NRA backer, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), and will become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.
A 27-page NRA pamphlet lashes out at such icons of the left as investor George Soros, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), and Pelosi. They are depicted as part of “a marching axis of adversaries far darker and more dangerous than gun owners have ever known.” The publication also says that, “America, by its free and independent nature, is a breeding ground and safe haven for violent, illegal criminal gangs. And as always, it is the lawful who will take the fall.” Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calls the publication “both ugly and untrue” and says he does not believe Congress will take up and pass major gun legislation anytime in the near future.