Ricochet

Ricochet

Confessions of A Gun Lobbyist

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Ricochet
Confessions Of A Gun Lobbyist

""Ricochet tells the truth. With each page I can hear the echo of footsteps down the Rayburn Building's marbled halls as Feldman tells the intimate story few know and even fewer survive.""
—Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), former Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee

""Ricochet casts an eye-opening spotlight on the shadowy world of behind-the-scenes gun politics. Is it accurate? Absolutely! I was there.""
—John Aquilino, former Director, NRA Public Education

""Ricochet is right on target. Feldman's behind-the-scenes memoir vividly describes America's firearms debate and struggle to win in extraordinary detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it.""
—John W. Magaw, former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms



Baker & Taylor
A former lobbyist offers an insider's perspective on the hidden goals and tactics of the National Rifle Association, discussing the NRA's influence on American politics and society and its role in media manipulation, executive bankrolling, gun control bills, and school massacres.

Ingram Publishing Services

Ricochet
Confessions Of A Gun Lobbyist

""Ricochet tells the truth. With each page I can hear the echo of footsteps down the Rayburn Building's marbled halls as Feldman tells the intimate story few know and even fewer survive.""
?Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), former Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee

""Ricochet casts an eye-opening spotlight on the shadowy world of behind-the-scenes gun politics. Is it accurate? Absolutely! I was there.""
?John Aquilino, former Director, NRA Public Education

""Ricochet is right on target. Feldman's behind-the-scenes memoir vividly describes America's firearms debate and struggle to win in extraordinary detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it.""
?John W. Magaw, former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms



Blackwell North Amer
It's no secret that the National Rifle Association is probably the most powerful lobbying group in America, noted for its no-nonsense tactics and fervent membership. Beyond that, virtually everything about the NRA's political agenda, its financial structure, and how it spends the vast amounts of money it collects from contributors has been kept a tightly guarded secret, not only from the public but from NRA members as well - until now.
In Ricochet, a onetime NRA lobbyist and avid Second Amendment defender unmasks the inner workings, influence, and goals of this highly secretive political behemoth. From internecine warfare, media manipulation, and executive bankrolling to gun control bills and school massacres, Richard Feldman, former NRA regional political director and lobbyist for the firearm industry, exposes the NRA as a cynical, mercenary political cult obsessed with wielding power while exploiting members' fear in order to maximize contributions.
Among the many dirty little secrets that Feldman exposes are the phenomenal salaries received by CEO Wayne LaPierre and other high-ranking NRA officials. These generous remunerations, which place NRA executives among the highest paid officials of any tax-exempt organization, are funded by biannual "crisis du jour" fund-raising drives, in which members are exhorted to donate additional funds to fend off the latest alleged threat to their Second Amendment rights.
Looking back over his long association with the NRA, Feldman reveals the inside stories behind the organization's responses to the Bernie Goetz subway shootings, the Assault Weapons Ban, gun control legislation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Long Island Railroad shootings, and Feldman's own voluntary gun-lock agreement. He explains how the NRA's inflexible positions have placed the nation's most prominent representative of law-abiding gun owners in increasing opposition to law enforcement, gun makers, and moderate Republicans. The upshot is that the NRA is not an effective advocate for its members' interests. Obsessed with fund-raising, scare-mongering, and wielding political power, NRA leadership undermines commonsense solutions that would protect gun-owners' rights while reducing accidental shootings and gun violence.

Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, 2008
ISBN: 9780471679288
0471679283
Branch Call Number: 323.43 FEL
Characteristics: vii, 296p. ; 24 cm

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