Friday, February 15, 2013

The NRA vs. America

Rolling Stone magazine reports on The NRA vs. America: How the country's biggest gun-rights group thwarts regulation and helps put military-grade weapons in the hands of killers.

Just a few of the points made in the article:

  • After the Columbine shooting Wayne LaPierre stated, "We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools. That means no guns in America's schools, period."
  • Over the past 15 years, the NRA has morphed into a front group for the firearms industry, whose profits are increasingly dependent on the sale of military-style assault rifles. 
  • Of the top 15 gun manufacturers, 11 now manufacture civilian assault weapons. 
  • Membership dues bring in less than half of the NRA's yearly expenses. To stay afloat, the NRA relies on tens of millions in grants and gifts increasingly linked to the gun industry. 
  • The NRA has partnered with the American Legislative Exchange Council to push a series of laws at the state level that do nothing to suppress crime, but do boost gun sales. 
Read the full article here

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