Defiant NRA leader rejects gun controls !

Started Dec 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Joe Ogiba, Dec 23, 2012

The leaders of the NRA are only interested in protecting the gun industry. If you look at the people on the board of directors and the executives of the NRA, many of them have something to gain financially from the gun industry whether they are gun manufacturers, gun dealers, or have some other stake in the gun industry. The only people who benefit from the actions of the NRA is the multi-million dollar gun industry.

The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends huge sums of money) to defend the "right to bear arms". It is opposed to virtually every form of gun control, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, background checks for gun owners, and registration of firearms.

The NRA’s influence is felt not only through campaign contributions, but through millions of dollars in off-the-books spending on issue ads and the like. This is increasing. Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the NRA supported proposals to arm airline pilots with guns. Between 2001 and 2010, the NRA spent between $1.5 million and $2.7 million on federal-level lobbying efforts. During the 2010 election cycle, the NRA spent more than $7.2 million on independent expenditures at the federal level -- messages that advocate for or against political candidates. In the 2012 Federal Elections they spent $18.9million.

The bill most frequently lobbied in the 12th Congress was H.R.615 (Collectible Firearms Protection Act) power, especially in parts of the country with large populations of registered hunters and gun users.moreMuch of US gun regulation, however, happens at the state level, where the NRA wields even

In Tennessee, for instance, the NRA spent thousands of dollars on a campaign this year to defeat state House Republican Debra Maggart, who defied the gun lobby by siding with business groups to block a bill that would have allowed employees to carry guns in workplace parking lots. Although she had previously been a strong supporter of gun rights she took this stand as she thought the law went against property rights by requiring owners of parking lots to allow guns to be kept on their property. So the NRA gave $8,000 directly to Maggart's opponent, according the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Along with a state gun lobby group, the NRA ran full page newspaper ads and a highway billboard blasting Maggart, by comparing her to President Obama, who his not popular in Tennessee.

"If you take on the gun lobby, there are only penalties."" said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow with the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. For a lawmaker in any legislature, the reward of supporting gun rights is you get money and support from the NRA -- and there are no penalties,"
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