NRA beefing up ground game in 2014 elections; predicts pro-gun Senate

National Rifle Association officials are predicting a massive election push this year to seal last spring’s victory over gun-control groups that tried to take advantage of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to gut the Second Amendment.

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“We fully expect to win a pro-gun Senate in this cycle,” NRA President Jim Porter told the Washington Examiner at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa. “It is vital certainly to our issues, but it is vital to the well-being of this country.”

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The setting of Porter’s prediction was perfect. The Great American Outdoor Show replaces the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, which was canceled last year after organizer Reed Exhibitions banned “assault rifles” because of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.

In response, the NRA pulled out and gun exhibitors and sponsors boycotted the show, forcing it first to be postponed, then called off entirely. The show returned this year under NRA management and without any politically correct restrictions on exhibits. More than 200,000 are expected to attend.

Former NRA President David Keene told the Harrisburg Patriot-News in January that the collapse of the Eastern Sports show and its takeover by the NRA was a victory for his group. The show of strength should be a lesson for Second Amendment defenders – and for gun-grabbers like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, and anti-gun fellow travelers.

The NRA is ready to use its clout to protect gun rights, and gun owners who saw last year’s Senate fight will be a major part of the action, Keene told the Examiner.

“They know what the opposition is, they know how close it is in the Senate,” he said. “They know that the Supreme Court could be at stake in the next few years.”

And they should know that gun-control groups won’t let their defeat last year be the end of the matter – not with two years left of the Obama administration.

“Bloomberg is not going away. What he’s going to do is double down,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the Times. “This is definitely not over yet we still have a lot of work to do, with emphasis on ‘a lot.’”

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