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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:11 AM

nytimes: National Rifle (Selling) Association

The National Rifle Association is scheduled to hold a news conference on Friday where it says it plans to provide details about its promise of “meaningful contributions” to prevent another a massacre like the one in Newtown, Conn.

We would like to believe that the N.R.A., the most influential opponent of sensible gun-control policies, will do as it says, but we have little faith that it will offer any substantial reforms. The association presents itself as a grass-roots organization, but it has become increasingly clear in recent years that it represents gun makers. Its chief aim has been to help their businesses by increasing the spread of firearms throughout American society.

In recent years, the N.R.A. has aggressively lobbied federal and state governments to dilute or eliminate numerous regulations on gun ownership. And the clearest beneficiary has been the gun industry — sales of firearms and ammunition have grown 5.7 percent a year since 2007, to nearly $12 billion this year, according to IBISWorld, a market research firm. Despite the recession, arms sales have been growing so fast that domestic manufacturers haven’t been able to keep up. Imports of arms have grown 3.6 percent a year in the last five years.

The industry has, in turn, been a big supporter of the N.R.A. It has contributed between $14.7 million and $38.9 million to an N.R.A.-corporate-giving campaign since 2005, according to a report published last year by the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit group that advocates greater gun control. The estimate is based on a study of the N.R.A.’s “Ring of Freedom” program and very likely understates the industry’s total financial support for the association, which does not publicly disclose a comprehensive list of its donors and how much they have given.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/opinion/national-rifle-selling-association.html?ref=global-home&_r=0&pagewanted=print

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spanone Dec 2012 OP
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #1
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #2
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #3
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #4

Response to spanone (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:22 AM

1. 1980s, this is when the NRA that many, even of it's current members,

Died.

Imagine if you will an NRA that was all for gun control legislation. It is time the most moderate, about two thirds of the members, stage a coup or leave.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:28 AM

2. I don't understand why so many continued to be dues-paying members when it was obvious the NRA was

blocking any gun control legislation.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:33 AM

3. Like a lifetime member (no more)

Neighbor of mine put it, not paying attention.

He scrapped the sticker from his car the other day, and sent his cut in half card to the NRA with a cease and desist letter. He owns still one riffle he uses to hunt. He's getting up in years. If none of the kids want it, it ain't going on the will, he ain't selling it...he's turning it in to the cops.

He was affected that much...by the most recent shooting. He'd like the kids to keep it, even if they permanently disable it. One like that one, he dragged across Europe from Normandy on.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:53 AM

4. Wow. That's really something. It gives me hope that something positive may indeed come from

this horrendous tragedy.

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