NRA lists nearly 500 as gun foes
The National Rifle Association classifies Bob Barker as anti-gun, even though the retired game-show host sleeps with a .38-caliber pistol next to his bed, shoots skeet and donated to the group's choice for president, Republican Mitt Romney.
Barker, 89, is among 494 people, organizations and companies on an NRA list of those holding positions it finds hostile. The roster, posted on the NRA website, includes poet Maya Angelou, the United Methodist Church and the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.
"I am certainly not opposed to guns," said Barker, who hosted CBS's "The Price is Right" for 35 years until 2007. Barker said he probably upset the NRA by his vocal support of animal welfare, such as seeking to stop hunters from firing on pigeons launched from spring-loaded boxes. "They may assume that anyone who is opposed to hunting is opposed to guns, and that's certainly not the case with me."
Celebrities abundantThe list shows how the NRA has positioned itself in opposition to wide segments of American society, including religious groups, nurses, corporations, and even people like Barker.
The association's list includes a note saying it was posted on Sept. 17, 2012. The page has a headline reading "National Organizations with Anti-Gun Policies." Lower, it lists "Anti-Gun Individuals & Celebrities" and "Anti-Gun Corporations/Corporate Heads."
Others on the list, according to CNN, are George Clooney, Chaka Khan, Bon Jovi, Sandy Duncan, Marilu Henner, Ed Asner, Hal Linden, Pam Dawber, Sean Connery, Albert Brooks, Tony Bennett, Jack Nicholson, Britney Spears, Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, Dick Parsons, Michael Eisner and the late Ed Koch.
Organizations named, tooOrganizations named include:
The National Association of School Psychologists, which opposes armed guards in schools; the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, whose website includes a letter to President Barack Obama supporting a ban on high-capacity magazines; the National Network for Youth, a Washington-based nonprofit that works for homeless children; the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing; and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose first president was Martin Luther King Jr.
Companies on the list include clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co. and Baton Rouge, La.-based Lamar Advertising Co., which says it's the country's largest outdoor advertiser.
Nine Jewish groups and three rabbis are on the list, including David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, one of several religious groups that asked members to call federal lawmakers and urge support of gun-control legislation.
Other religious groups include the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the Mennonite Central Committee, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the Friends Committee on National Legislation, an arm of the Quakers that says it's the nation's largest team of peace lobbyists.
Not on the list: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or his pro-gun-control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.