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Sat Mar 10, 2018, 03:39 AM

NRA Gave $7 Million to 100s of Schools: CA, FL Broward Co, CO, NM, AK, More.


The National Rifle Association has dramatically increased its funding to schools in recent years amid a national debate over guns and school violence, an Associated Press analysis of tax records has found. But few say they plan to give up the money in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting. The AP analysis of the NRA Foundation's public tax records finds that about 500 schools received more than $7.3 million from 2010 through 2016, mostly through competitive grants meant to promote shooting sports. The grants have gone to an array of school programs, including the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rifle teams, hunting safety courses and agriculture clubs.

In some ways, the grant distribution reflects the nation's deep political divide over guns. Nearly three-quarters of the schools that received grants are in counties that voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, while a quarter are in counties that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the AP analysis. Most are in medium-sized counties or rural areas, with few near major cities. California received the most in school grants, more than $1 million, while Florida was a close second.

Florida's Broward County school district is believed to be the first to stop accepting NRA money after a gunman killed 17 people at one of its schools Feb. 14. The teen charged in the shooting had been on a school rifle team that received NRA funding. School officials announced the change Tuesday but declined to comment further.
Denver Public Schools followed on Thursday, saying it won't pursue NRA grants in the future and will turn down several that were to be awarded this year. But officials in many other districts say they have no plans to back away.

"Whatever I think of the NRA, they're providing legitimate educational services," said Billy Townsend, a school board member in Florida's Polk County district, whose JROTC programs received $33,000, primarily to buy air rifles. "If the NRA wanted to provide air rifles for our ROTC folks in the future, I wouldn't have a problem with that."
The grants awarded to schools are just a small share of the $61 million the NRA Foundation has given to a variety of local groups since 2010. But it has grown rapidly, increasing nearly fourfold from 2010 to 2014 in what some opponents say is a thinly veiled attempt to recruit the next generation of NRA members.

The NRA Foundation did not return calls seeking comment...Con't.

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In this March 2, 2018 photo, a group of JROTC shooters compete in the prone position during the 2018 Junior Olympic Qualifier for support and precision air rifles at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, NM for the chance to compete at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Ohio in June.

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Reply NRA Gave $7 Million to 100s of Schools: CA, FL Broward Co, CO, NM, AK, More. (Original post)
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mr_lebowski Mar 2018 #1
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Sat Mar 10, 2018, 04:03 AM

1. What many don't understand is that guns are one of the last high margin items we make in the USA ...

And guess what? The USA itself is a HUGE customer.

Granted, military's from all over the world buy US made guns but it's in quantity and at large discount vs. retail. Retail Gun sales are HUGE HUGE money esp. if you can convince lots of citizens they need LOTS of guns and ammo and accessories, all high margin items. Gun costs $150 to make sells for $1200 there aren't many products like that 'left' ... but the gravy train depends on a big market and high demand.

The beauty of the scheme to arm everyone so that everyone else is afraid of each other therefore everyone feels the need to be armed ... is genius ... in it's absolutely FUCKING EVIL way.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 10, 2018, 06:13 AM

2. The financial and political aspects of gun mfg. in the US are understood, well known.

This period of self destruction from a death spiral of more guns, fear, mass insanity, murders and endless greed will end. The majority of American people support stronger gun controls and we've overcome some very serious issues in our society over the years. In a country this wealthy, resourceful and capable of creating other products and means there are other alternatives besides gunz. For centuries we built and ran a strong, world class economy based on innovation and technology long before this recent, 30-year weapons fetish and madness driven by pure avarice and political ideology. Ye of little faith, summon courage & hope, or hit the road.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2018, 11:18 AM

3. Many states require hunter safety certification if you want a hunting licence

My state requires anyone born after 1980 to present one when buying a licence.

In most areas, the NRA-funded classes are the only game in town.

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