NRA expands its role from fight for gun rights to conservative causes
April 6th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
10 years ago

NRA expands its role from fight for gun rights to conservative causes

Washington (CNN) - This week, Coca-Cola and Kraft announced they are pulling their corporate memberships from a conservative group that was behind the spread of "stand your ground" laws like the one highlighted in Florida by the Trayvon Martin case.

The American Legislative Executive Council, also known as ALEC, is getting attention lately for its behind the scenes work pushing conservative legislation in the states.


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  1. Dave

    Yo Rove & the Koch brothers. Thanks to you a 17 year old kid is not alive & the guy who shot him didnt EVEN GET CHARGED!!

    April 6, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Dave

    Mittens, Mittens , Mittens, you got SEVERLY busted buying lobbyist to SUPRESS votes. You are such a DIRTBAG!

    April 6, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Another Day in the Idiot Mines (the real one, not the whiny rightwing liar)

    Along with the Karl Rove and his neocon buddies, the Koch brothers and Wall St., the NRA is one of the most destructive forces in America. The "stand your ground" nonsense is a cover to justify creating a less civilized society, which then justifies their apocolyptic views of a violent dystopia. They really are insane.

    April 6, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Mob Rule

    Nobody knows what happened. We were there. Zimmerman had no record of confronting or attacking people. Let the process work itself out before passing judgement.

    April 6, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Dave

    We need the citizens of Ohio, Florida, & Arizona to step & put PRESSURE, PRESSURE, & more PRESSURE to stop them from making it difficult & in some cases impossible for the people in the United States of America to vote. Especially the Elderly, the poor, the disabled & ones of a diffrent color than Rove & the Kochs!!!!!

    April 6, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Mikey

    @Another day – They could care less how many people get hurt or killed, as long as they get their gun sale profits. The gun manufacturers call the shots at the NRA.

    April 6, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. kimberly

    I am so glad to hear that they are pulling their support! On another note to Ilya- I am no longer able to post on the other article, but just seen your comment, and HAD to respond! are you insane???? YOU are a perfect example of a republican UNINFORMED VOTER! Obama was a state senator from 1997 until he entered the US SENATE! PLEASE get YOUR facts right before ranting!

    April 6, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Sorensen

    The NRA maintains their deserved place of total ridicule in the civilized world. A dirty and embarrassing spot on the
    reputation of the USA in the world. Only the corny, old racist golf "club" in Augusta can compete with them. If IBM does
    not cancel their embarrassing sponsorship of hat bunch of racist dirtbags, a lot of people will never buy another product
    or service from IBM.

    April 6, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    yep the NRA is making noise right now because of course President Obama, who by the way signed the law allowing guns in our National Parks, is going to take EVERYBODY'S guns away from them. They are really worried about the possible outcome though of that law in Florida where an unarmed young man lost his life.

    April 6, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. PJ/TX

    Coca Cola and Kraft: Companies with a conscience.

    April 6, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Mercyme

    By the NRA supporting and pushing these "stand your ground" laws, it appears what they really want, is to go back to the old gunslinging ways.

    April 6, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. NameDusty

    Apparently you leftheads only believe in due process for criminals and malcontents
    . I don't know who, if anyone is guilty in Sanford, but I do know that you don't know
    either. Get out of your Lynch mob mentality and let the investigation proceed.

    April 6, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. NameDusty

    Ever hear of due process? Apparently the leftheads don't object to Lynch mobs if it suits their delusional concepts. Haven't heard from you guys every time it's black on black shooting. Oh, yeah, those thugs aren't NRA members are they?

    April 6, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The NRA must be a little embarrassed that the President did none of those terrible anti-2nd Admendment things they predicted – whining enough to cause gun and ammunition prices to go sky high! The President did sign a law to ALLOW guns to be carried inside most National Parks and Wilderness Areas. These radicals are a fire truck racing around looking for fires – but are perfectly happy to start one if required to keep those contributions rolling in! Note: Don't give me the sound bite about whiny liberasl etc. I've got about 25 long guns in the safe and a dozen handguns – plus a CCL. I had a long Army career. I just dislike people creating a crisis when none exists. Apparently, many of the NRA crowd has a problem with the President's skin color – not his actions on firearms. Again – don't whine about somebody playing the "race card" – I'm an old white guy who goes to gun shows, sees the t-shirts and bumper stickers, and hears the conversations.

    April 6, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. portland tony

    The NRA is nothing but a shill for the gun industry. Albeit, I agree with most of their less radical beliefs such as gun ownership, safety and the like, responsible ownership, training for gun owners and so forth. I also believe in the Castle Doctrine when it applies to protecting your home and family..Whereas I differ from their views in taking the Castle Doctrine to the streets calling it the "Stand your ground" law. This philosophy allows any coward or psychopathic idiot to commit murder in a booze fueled dispute over ....say a girlfriend. That and endorsing full back ground checks for violent or persons of doubtful mental stability would make me a card carrying member again ....Maybe?

    April 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Thank you Coca-Cola, my favorite drink.
    How less than 20% of gun nuts in this country can run the rest of us is beyond comprehension. Then again, while most of them are certainly not the top 1% they have just as much power.

    April 6, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    Guns and religion. Good luck with that concept.

    April 6, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Fred

    God Bless the Capitalist Koch brothers...god bless anybody that anti-communist !!! The NRA is one of the most destructive forces in America? What a lie.....Its and Acorn and the Communist so-called democratic party that are the most destructive forces in America.....
    God Bless the NRA !!!! God Bless the "Stand Your Ground Law" !!!!!!
    All you anti-gunners and gun grabbers should all be hauled off to a prison camp for high treason against the second amendment !!!!
    Down with Facist far left communist Barack Obama !!!! Gop in 2012 !!!!

    April 6, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Dnsdamenace

    I didn't know we were civilized!

    April 6, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. poopmeister

    Anybody that shots somebody that is not armed and does not pose a threat should be detained on the spot and put in jail. That is the American way; so the NRA should be on the other side of the debate that they are probably currently on. They should put out a statement demanding justice for Trayvon! The intention of the laws they push don't line up with this case, so they should speak against it ASAP. I am a gun owner but would never belong to the NRA, they don't represent what I feel a gun owner should represent.

    April 6, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. CanadaONE

    Dangerous group – we have less crime and don't allow hand guns Canada
    – the land of the free – you are not afraid to walk down the street...

    April 6, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. Wholewitt

    NRA should stand for Not Really American. They are one of the worst lobbyist group in the country. The philosophy of more guns are better has returned us to the wild west. The worst part is that stupid people vote any way they are told by the NRA,
    The Republican party is the American Taliban

    April 6, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Thats what we need is more Guns ! We don't need decent medical are , we don't need a world class education system, we done need Government.

    All we need is Guns and Fear !

    Welcome to Somalia !

    April 6, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. lili

    pepsi coke and now kraft foods. Way to go. Gun ownership is not the issue I don't care if people want to hunt or target practice. BUt this stand your ground law stinks and the Nra is way to powerfull. No one is taking your guns yet every election they use that scare tactic. They use that old saying guns don't kill people people kill people. Yeah but using a gun makes it easier. Walmart won't go along because they are the biggest seller of guns and amo in the country. I won't ever shop at walmarrt. People have power use it.

    April 7, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. a little sad


    "The "stand your ground" nonsense is a cover to justify creating a less civilized society, which then justifies their apocolyptic views of a violent dystopia. They really are insane."

    I agree.

    The upswing of this case leads me to believe that anyone could be justified in feeling threatened just by being followed by a community watch person, if they can blow you away with impunity (and apparently immunity).

    Does this make it open season on community watch?

    April 7, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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