Ricochet Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist

ISBN-10: 0471679283

ISBN-13: 9780471679288

Edition: 2008

Authors: Richard Feldman

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In 1997, Bill Clinton held a press conference in the Rose Garden to honor the work of police officers around the country. He also announced that gun manufacturers would begin voluntarily including child safety locks with their products. Richard Feldman brokered the deal for the American Shooting Sports Council-the industry-back group-and he was proud of it as he stood between Janet Reno and Bill Clinton during the ceremony. The announcement headed off a bill on congress that might have made the locks the law, and it protected children. Who could be against that? Only the NRA. Through backroom power brokering, they forced Feldman-a lifetime NRA member and former top lobbyist-out of the gun world for good. After years of lobbying, politicking, and representing the pro-gun movement in interviews with everyone from Peter Jennings to The New Yorker, the NRA successfully eliminated the only pro-gun moderate around. Gun makers were bullied back in line, and press accounts ranged from indignant to astonished. The nation's most notorious lobbying group has increasingly found itself opposed to law enforcement, gun makers, and moderate Republicans. But since their top priorities are fundraising, scare-mongering, and flexing political muscle, that's just good business. This book charts the rise of the NRA from sportsman's club to feared political behemoth from an insider's view, giving a glimpse in the political campaigns, the Bernie Goetz phenomenon, gun shows, gun control bills, the LIRR shootings, and more.
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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