Chuck Schumer: NRA an extreme ‘fringe group’

While membership in the National Rifle Association is reaching peak levels, adding nearly 250,000 members just last month, Sen. Chuck Schumer says it is an extreme “fringe group.”

“They sure are a fringe group, but whether enough of my colleagues are ready to admit that, I’m not sure,” Schumer said in a HuffPost Live interview. “They are a very extreme group.  They don’t even represent average gun holders.”

According to the report, Schumer said of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, the NRA “had such power that they filled it up with loopholes.” The Brady law required background checks for the purchase of firearms.

“Now 40 percent of the guns that are sold in America have no check, even felons can get them,” Schumer said. “If we can plug that up, that would be great.”

He said background checks would be the most likely legislation that could be passed in the “hard-right, pro-gun” House.

See Schumer’s remarks here:

 

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  • http://facebook Scott

    Hey Chuck,Most NRA members are in favor of proper backround checks because guns in the hands of felons cause injury to others thereby giving us normal safety conscience law abiding citizens a bad name.Get to know the people you are condemning.They are your constituents,firemen,police,business owners,lawyers and most of all family men and parents.Try getting off your seat in fairyland and meet the people you represent.For once,stop thinking about lining your pockets with political favors and other stuff.How much is enough.Start representing all of the people from a fair side.The majority dont support your views and if elections are legitimate you may be for a rude awakening next time around.

    • Tim Thomas

      That guy has no clue what we are about. He has lived off our tax dollars for so long he knows nothing else. Term limits is very much in order here.

  • sunflower

    Chuck Schumers nose is brownish like his leaders nose.

  • JoeBandMember

    Just more name calling. All they have to work with. But it's effective when they have the media parrotting every word.

  • Bud Griffin

    Sir: Get your self out of D.C. and New York City and see how real people think. For you to call members of the NRA and

    other pro-gun organizations "extreme fringe groups",that is a flat out lie. Sir for you to call us names just because we have grown up shooting and owning guns and will fight you for that right. The NRA is nothing more than thousands of gun owners that have joined together to protect our right to own and use them. You and Obama are causing more damage to our country than anyone else because of your ignorants and spewing hatred toward us out in the real world. Look at your city and Chicago and see how many blacks are killing blacks and drug dealers killing for territory. This country can never get together as long as there are politicians in Washington that think everyone has to agreed with the politicians.

  • Tim Thomas

    It just amazes me how little all these gun grabbers know about us. We do not want to sell guns to crazies or criminals. They don't need us to get guns, they will get guns on their own. These bastards build on any tragedy where guns are involved and ride that horse till it expires. The greatest amount of those speaking in the media have no earthly idea about types of guns, etc. I for one certainly do not want those idiots to disarm me. Cold day in hell.

  • mab3511

    Someone should remind Chucky that it was his state's prison system that released a known killer, and then tried to blame guns when that killer decided to gun down firemen with illegally acquired firearms.

  • WILLIAMPENN

    Schumer has been a Communist Party operative for most of his life. Disarming American citizens to enable total communist takeover has been one of their goals for 95 years. CPUSA pulls the strings and Chuckie dances.

  • Steve Phillips

    One sure thing is he don't want to mess with this "FRINGE GROUP" so now their is about 160m people on the fringe,I think he better re-think about what he tying to do,that is half the population that owns guns and most own more than one.

  • baatman74

    Ahhh, Tim Thomas, "Man With Two First Names," we already have term limits. Get out our pads and pens, make notes on policy decisions for our representatives and VOTE for the congressperson who best represents the best for the USA. Yes, it's that simple, we can completely change Washington in the next election, 2014, IF we take notes and VOTE!

  • Darla Hutchins

    Schumer is an idiot. My family has owned guns as long as I've been alive. However, we don't use them super-often. We are the typical gun owners and th'e NRA totally represents me and my family. I've never shot a gun in my life, but I told my husband the other day that I wanted to learn to shoot. He was kinda surprised and asked me why. I told him it was because my government doesn't want me to to.