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Local NRA Benefit Dinner is Saturday

Posted: May 9, 2014 - 2:41pm

The eighth annual Toad Suck Friends of NRA Benefit Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 514 E. 6th St. in Conway.

Proceeds will benefit the Arkansas youth and women's shooting sports programs, Eddie Eagle, range development in Arkansas, law enforcement, conservation efforts, as well as supporting Second Amendment rights.

The event will feature a meal catered by Jill McCollum along with Starbucks coffee, live and silent auctions, raffles for firearms, home decor items, outdoor equipment, jewelry and goods and service from local merchants.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchased by calling Mike Shock at 501-339-6947, Mark Wassner at 501-581-5013 or online at www.friendsofnrw.org/ar or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ToadSuckFriendsofNRA.

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lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/09/14 - 03:13 pm
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Don't be fooled

Shooting sports programs are fine as is money for range development. The jury is still out as to whether the Eddie Eagle Program actually makes any difference in gun safety but it is great PR for the NRA. Law enforcement organizations oppose most NRA positions on gun laws. And "supporting Second Amendment rights" is a buzz-phrase for advocating policies to benefit gun makers.

The real beneficiaries of NRA activities are gun manufacturers, not individual gun owners. Why else would NRA lobby to exempt manufacturers from liability for accidents involving their products?

DanCDaves
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DanCDaves 05/10/14 - 06:50 pm
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Get a life.

Who benefits from gun manufacturers? Gun owners, including your public servants, the police force. Grow up already.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/10/14 - 09:16 pm
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I'll stick with the life I've got

Who benefits if a gun is improperly manufactured and blows up in the user's face? Certainly not the gun user. But they have no recourse because gun manufacturers are exempted from liability. Wouldn't automobile manufacturers love a deal like that! Thanks, NRA.

arkansasobserver
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arkansasobserver 05/09/14 - 04:18 pm
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Fooled?

The Law Enforcement agencies I am familiar with ALL support the NRA in large numbers. The only ones I have heard of that do not openly support NRA programs are in Chicago, New York, New Jersey and other liberal havens where the politics overrules common sense (in the same way they are currently using global warming to justify their preferred energy policies).

Some of the positions taken by the NRA certainly favor gun manufacturers, but it is necessary to counter those who will take any step, large or small to remove the rights of citizens to arm themselves.

As for your comment about the second amendment rights being a buzz-phrase for advocating policies to support gun manufacturers... it sounds like a convenient excuse for justify an anti-second amendment position.

My mother taught me never to argue with a pig. Nothing gets accomplished; you just get muddy and the pig loves it!

Have a good day; from a proud NRA Life Member and frequent contributor.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/09/14 - 09:04 pm
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Yes, fooled!

The NRA does everything they can to get support from the rank and file police, including free NRA membership and training and free insurance. Those tactics may work well with individuals. I would like an organization that gave me free stuff all the time. But it doesn't work as well with police unions and organizations.

Check out this letter (http://www.fop.net/publications/archives/letters/2013_0129.pdf) from the Fraternal Order of Police, with 325,000 members the largest police organization in the US. The letter advocates for "expansion of background checks on firearms purchasers" and "improved law enforcement access to mental health records in the context of firearms acquisition," both positions opposed by the NRA.

Here is a link to a story about the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, a national organization of police chiefs, calling for extending firearm background checks to private sales, gun shows and online sales, a position the NRA continues to fight against. (http://www.policemag.com/channel/weapons/news/2013/10/22/iacp-2013-chief...)

Here is a story (http://www.policemag.com/channel/weapons/news/2013/04/29/police-chiefs-c...) about the Major City Chiefs Association blasting the US Senate for failing to support expanded background checks to gun shows and online purchases. The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, a group of nine national police associations also supports that position. Of course, the NRA opposes it.

I didn't say police officers oppose the NRA per se. I just pointed out that their positions are counter to NRA positions on several issues.

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mikeng1994 05/10/14 - 10:45 am
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You're being a hypocrit

You detest the NRA and their lobbying for gun rights, manufacturer support, and their involvement with law enforcement agencies. Yet you never criticize lobby groups that are equally passionate with liberal policies. Suck as pro-choice groups who advocate killing more people than guns ever will. Is it the method of the killing you don't like? I'm certain you were non-caring when the news hit that the death toll from the tornado rose by one when the mother to be lost her child. Because what the heck, the baby never breathed air, so it could not have possibly been alive to begin with. And that sir, is what make the liberals the monsters they really are.

If you don't support the NRA that's ok. Don't buy a ticket. But the NRA and their members are not evil just because they believe in something you don't.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/10/14 - 09:28 pm
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I respectfully disagree

My first comment was headed, "Don't Be Fooled." If I give Planned Parenthood money, I know it goes to support what they say it supports. If you give money to the NRA, it is with the expectation that it supports policies and programs that benefit you as a gun owner. And it does to the extent that it makes gun ownership and use easier. But if the NRA ever has to make a choice between you, the individual owner, and gun manufacturers, they have shown time and again which choice they make. Exemption of manufacturers from product liability is just the most egregious example.

I don't agree with the NRA's policy stance. And that's why I wouldn't buy a ticket. I also think they don't serve their own members well. And that's why I say don't be fooled.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 05/11/14 - 04:03 pm
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By the way

By the way, Mike, the 2005 law exempting gun manufacturers from all product liability was introduced by none other than Sen. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig, the one arrested at the airport restroom for lewd conduct after allegedly soliciting a male police officer for sexual activity. He later pled guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct but continued to publicly deny being guilty of anything.

Talk about a hypocrite.

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crypted quill 05/10/14 - 11:40 am
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Just as hypocritical as the

Just as hypocritical as the NRA stopping research on the effect of guns and the root causes of gun violence.

http://www.businessinsider.com/cdc-nra-kills-gun-violence-research-2013-1

'The CDC researched firearm deaths in the United States, until 1996 then the gun lobby mobilized to punish the agency.
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Republicans tried to eliminate entirely the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the bureau responsible for the research.
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When that failed, Rep. Jay Dickey, a Republican from Arkansas, successfully pushed through an amendment that stripped $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget.'

“None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

With friends like these Toad Suck NRA, who needs enemies?

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 05/10/14 - 12:57 pm
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Yeah, I'm sure this group is

Yeah, I'm sure this group is the decision makers for the entire NRA. With people like you, we have no reason to ask for more idiots to live in Conway.

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