"The last two years have been a disaster for us," said Representative Carolyn McCarthy, a New York Democrat and a longtime advocate of increased gun control. "A lot of members are just afraid of the N.R.A."
The National Rifle Association has been expanding its reach from guns to just about everything else -- finance, health reform, credit cards. . . It doesn't hurt that the group has millions upon millions to spend on influencing a truly long list of bills.