The factually challenged and gun hating fringe Senator Chuck Schumer called the 4.3 million member strong NRA an "extreme fringe group" in an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday. Schumer loves to repeat the inaccurate statistic that 40% of all gun purchases are done without a background check in his attempt to discredit the NRA and drive a wedge between Americans on the issue of gun control. The 3 term Senator from New York also repeated his talking point statistic this Sunday on Meet The Press with David Gregory as he debated Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.
The problem with Senator Schumer's bogus 40% statistic is that it was done 19 years ago, only surveyed 251 people and was mostly done when in fact, there were no background checks (and mass killings were less frequent by the way). So Mr Schumer is simply ignoring the truth, not dealing with reality and deflecting from the fact that gun control measures as proposed by the Obama administration will not do a thing to prevent gun violence and these mass shooting in our nation. Schumer tries to focus the background check issue that is not an issue because even if we had 100% background checks, which by the way 93% of people agree with, that would have done nothing to prevent either the Newtown Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nor the Aurora Colorado theater shooting.
To call the NRA "...a very extreme group" and then say that "They donâ€™t even represent average gun holdersâ€ is foolishness magnified when the NRA has a membership of nearly 10% of all gun owners in America and the the number 1 gun rights advocate and gun owner's organization in the country.
Read more about Chuck Schumer's interview with the Huffington Post from TheBlaze.com below:
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sat down with HuffPost Live Friday, where he made a noteworthy statement about the rapidly-growing National Rifle Association.
Responding to interviewer Alicia Menendezâ€™s question about whether Schumerâ€™s colleagues are â€œwilling to admitâ€ that the NRA is a â€œfringe group,â€ the senator responded: â€œWell they sure are a fringe group, but whether enough of my colleagues are ready to admit that, Iâ€™m not sure.â€
He continued: â€œThey are a very extreme group. They donâ€™t even represent average gun holders.â€
The two proceeded to discuss certain gun control measures and Schumerâ€™s intention to â€œpush hardâ€ to get them passed.
The Huffington Post summarizes:
The New York Democrat [said] that when he worked on the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which went into effect in 1994, the NRA â€œhad such power that they filled it up with loopholes.â€ The Brady Law required background checks for firearm purchasers.
â€œNow 40 percent of the guns that are sold in America have no check, even felons can get them,â€ Schumer said. â€œIf we can plug that up, that would be great.â€
Schumer told HuffPost Live he would like to see the number of bullets in a clip limited and assault weapons banned as well, but that he thinks universal background checks will probably be the easiest measure to pass through the House and the one that would have the most impact.
â€œWeâ€™re going to push hard to get that one done and even through the House,â€ he said.
The NRA says its membership has grown by roughly 250,000 people in just the past month. On Saturday, thousands of Second Amendment supporters rallied across the country in support of their rights.