National Rifle Association Enemies List Goes Viral

February 17, 2013 in Top News, U.S. News

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre

Pictured is NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre at a news conference held last December. Source: Paul J. Richards/ Getty Images.

Amid division between National Rifle Association leadership and its member base, CNN contributor John Avlon has revealed a bizarre twist in NRA’s political agenda ─ the assembly and sudden disappearance of an extensive “enemies list”.

Wednesday, Avlon revealed details of the list, posted on NRA’s website mid-September last year under the banner “National Organizations with Anti-Gun Policies”. The list is notable for the sheer number and variety of individuals and organizations targeted as “Anti-Gun”,  including journalists, celebrities, civic organizations, celebrities, corporations and even churches and religious leaders.

Prepared by the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the list details 506 individuals, organizations, media outlets and corporations that “have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations.”

Revelation and publicizing of the list has drawn such widespread attention and ridicule that the NRA now has removed it from public view. Wayback Machine web archive however has saved the list permanently into its publicly available data base ─ ensuring that anybody can view the list of who and what groups the controversial lobby group had pinpointed in its crosshairs.

A regular contributor to CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront”, Avlon cited prominent citizens as diverse as George Clooney, Chaka Khan, Bon Jovi and even former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop for earning the distinction of becoming NRA targets.

Immediately upon revelation and publicizing of the list, news programs and comedy shows alike drew viral attention to it – drawing laughs over the many popular artists and celebrities who made the list however strangely. Revelation of the many civic, charitable and religious organization that NRA targeted has produced more startled reactions. NRA’s choice of groups includes some of the nation’s most mainstream churches and an apparent over-representation of Jewish organizations singled out as opponents. Significant numbers of medical, educational and law enforcement organizations also are listed as adversaries as well.

Prominent Christian churches and religious organizations making the list include the Congress of National Black Churches, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Lutheran Church in America, the Mennonite Central Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the U.S. Catholic Church, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Methodist Church, the World Spiritualist Assembly and the YWCA of the U.S.

American Jewish organizations also were high on NRA’s list of opponents.

Forward.com staff writer Nathan Guttman reports, “The groups listed by the NRA as enemies of the gun-rights cause could easily populate a Conference of Presidents meeting room. They include major Jewish national organizations, including the Anti Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, B’nai B’rith, and the Jewish Labor Committee; two major Jewish women organizations: Hadassah and National Council of Jewish Women; and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which is the Reform movement’s rabbinical arm.

“Reform Jews, the list suggests, are among the NRA’s worst adversaries. The list includes not only their national rabbinical group but also names specifically the Union for Reform Judaism’s former president Eric Yoffie and David Saperstein, director of the group’s Religious Action Center, as individuals fighting for gun control laws.”

Educational, medical and religious organizations who made the list are included below. The NRA’s list can also be viewed in original context as archived by Wayback Machine here.

 

Educational organizations:

American Association of School Administrators

American Counseling Association

American Federation of Teachers

Council of Chief State School Officers

Council of the Great City Schools

Int`l Association of Educators for World Peace

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Education Association

National Parent, Teachers Association

 

Medical organizations:

Ambulatory Pediatric Association

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

American Association for World Health

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Medical Association

American Medical Student Association

American Medical Women`s Association

American Nurses Association

American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association

American Trauma Society

American Trauma Society

Black Mental Health Alliance

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

National Association of Children`s Hospitals and Related Institutions

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners

National Association of Public Hospitals

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of School Psychologists

National Black Nurses` Association

National Spinal Cord Injury Association

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Society of Critical Care Medicine

 

Churches and religious organizations:

American Jewish Committee

American Jewish Congress

Anti-Defamation League

B`nai B`rith

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Church of the Brethren

Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.

Episcopal Church-Washington Office

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Hadassah

Interfaith Neighbors

Jewish Labor Committee

Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Mennonite Central Committee-Washington Office

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

U.S. Catholic Conference, Dept. of Social Development

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church of Christ, Office for Church in Society

United Methodist Church, General Board & Church Society

United States Catholic Conference

World Spiritual Assembly, Inc.

YWCA of the U.S.A.

 

Other civic associations and organizations:

20/20 Vision

AARP

AFL-CIO

American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Ethical Union

American Firearms Association

Americans for Democratic Action

Children`s Defense Fund

Coalition for Peace Action

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

College Democrats of America

Committee for the Study of Handgun Misuse & World Peace

Common Cause

Consumer Federation of America

Dehere Foundation

Disarm Educational Fund

Environmental Action Foundation

Florence and John Shumann Foundation

General Federation of Women`s Clubs

George Gund Fun

Gray Panthers

H.M. Strong Foundation

Harris Foundation

Hechinger Foundation

Int`l Ladies` Garment Workers` Union

Joyce Foundation

Lauder Foundation

Lawrence Foundation

League of Women Voters of the United States

Manhattan Project II

National Assembly of National Voluntary Health & Social Welfare Organizations

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of Counties

National Association of Police Organizations

National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers

National Association of Social Workers

National Center to Rehabilitate Violent Youth

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Commission for Economic Conversion & Disarmament

National Council of La Raza

National Council of Negro Women

National Council on Family Relations

National League of Cities

National Network for Youth

National Organization for Women

National Organization on Disability

National Parks and Conservation Association

National Peace Foundation

National People`s Action

National Political Congress of Black Women

National Safe Kids Campaign

National SAFE KIDS Campaign

National Urban Coalition

National Urban League, Inc.

NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Ortenberg Foundation

Peace Action

People for the American Way

Police Foundation

Project on Demilitarization and Democracy

Public Citizen

SaferWorld

The Council of the Great City Schools

The Synergetic Society

United States Conference of Mayors

War and Peace Foundation

Women Strike for Peace

Women`s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Women`s Int`l League for Peace and Freedom

Women`s National Democratic Club