Paul Chabot: Explain Your A
Paul Chabot (R-CA-31) has an A-rating from the NRA.
What does that mean?
The NRA has fought to allow suspected terrorists, convicted felons, and domestic abusers to buy and possess guns. These positions are dangerous and extreme – and the American public doesn’t support them.
This election season, it’s time to ask Paul Chabot whose side he’s really on. The side of the people he wants to represent? Or the side of felons, domestic abusers, and the NRA?
It’s time for Paul Chabot to explain his A.
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The NRA has consistently opposed legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.
Even when Al Qaeda recorded a video calling on members to exploit America’s weak gun laws and buy guns to attack us, the NRA continued to fight for the gun rights of people who are on terror watch lists or are otherwise suspected of being involved in terrorist activity. Why would they want to defend the gun rights of someone who is considered too dangerous to board a plane?
- Government Accountability Office, Terrorist Watchlist Screening, May 5, 2010 (individuals on terrorist watch lists attempted to buy guns and explosives at least 1,453 times between February 2004 and December 2010, and in 91% of those occasions — 1,321 separate incidents — the FBI was unable to block the sale)
- Al Qaeda video available here.
Convicted felons are barred from buying or possessing guns under federal law. But that hasn’t stopped the NRA from lobbying for state and federal laws that would ease this restriction. In fact, the NRA has successfully fought for legislation that restored gun rights to criminals convicted of rape, murder, aggravated assault — and illegally selling prohibited weapons, like machine guns.
After the NRA helped pass a law in Washington State making it easy for felons to get their gun rights back, more than 3300 criminals successfully petitioned for their gun rights — and about 1 in 8 committed new crimes, including murder, rape, and drive-by shootings. The NRA continues to work at the state level to weaken laws keeping guns out of the hands of felons — even though it makes us less safe.
- Michael Luo, “Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights,” N.Y. Times, Nov. 13, 2011.
- Violence Policy Center, “Guns for Felons: How the NRA Works to Rearm Criminals,” 2000.
Guns and domestic violence are a deadly combination, but the NRA repeatedly opposes laws that would get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.
And, just this year, the NRA’s leadership fought to keep guns in the hands of convicted stalkers — even arguing that stalking could be a form of protected free speech.
- Michael Luo, “In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of Protection,” N.Y. Times, Mar. 17, 2013.
- Timothy Johnson, “NRA Bemoans Domestic Violence But Lobbies for Policies That Arm Abusers,” Media Matters for America, Sept. 30, 2013.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the odds a woman will be murdered by 500 percent. J.C. Campbell, S.W. Webster, J.Koziol-McLain, et al., Risk factors for femicide within physically abuse intimate relationships: results from a multi-state case control study, 93 Amer. J. of Public Health 1089-97 (2003).
- Laura Bassett, “NRA fights for convicted stalkers’ gun rights,” Huffington Post, June 25, 2014.
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