Power And Dollar

Guns, $ and Lobbying/Advocating

What is the significance of this gun shooting in an election year? Having an opportunity to bump up into an election issue.  Who does not want gun control to be an election issue? Gun manufacturers. 


Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:SWHC) is down 2.66%, compared to yesterday’s closing.  SWHC is a $260M company. 


Although recent a supreme court ruling favors gun ownership , this price drop reflects the public opinion is not helping the gun manufacturers.  To mitigate political risk or regulation risk of the gun industry, lobbying alone will not do the job.  It requires image management.  Yes, it has something to do with public relations and reputation risk.  But slightly more.  A change of perception of guns is needed for a bigger audience. 


What about the gun control groups?


If gun control groups rely heavily on grass roots lobbying, gun control groups will have a chance to tighten control in the upcoming political cycle, from 2008 – 2012.  However, are gun control groups supported by enthusiastic volunteers alone?  Is this special interest institutionalized?  Are they prepared political, financially and organizationally, to in all 50 states and the federal government?  Who can sustain battles after battles for this interest? 


This question is simply equivalent to say: which industry shares the same interest as gun control groups?


Once gun control advocates can align their interest with the interest of such as industry, then they will have a chance of managing this gun control political process.  Otherwise, gun control groups will be a guerrilla warfare. 


August 21, 2008 - Posted by | activism, advocacy, Barack Obama, Current Events, Democrats, election, Election 2008, Electioneering, John McCain, mccain, nonprofits, obama, opinion, politics, Republican, wordpress-political-blogs


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  2. With the new laws passed by the Supreme Court and supported by the Republican Party we will see the Wild Wild West back in the USA. Teachers in Texas are now bringing guns to school and we will see more killings are guns will be open to all.

    Comment by Jackie Rawlings | August 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. “With the new laws passed by the Supreme Court and supported by the Republican Party we will see the Wild Wild West back in the USA.”

    The Supreme Court did not pass laws; it merely acknowledged one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights.
    The “Wild West” is an invention of Hollywood; during the 18th century an American was in more danger of criminal violence in the big cities than in the western US.
    You really should research the subject, rather than babbling a bunch of ignorant nonsense.

    Comment by BobG | August 21, 2008 | Reply

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