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The Gun Lobby's Firepower

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, weapns, Wayne LaPierre, NRA, politics, fearmongering )

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Wayne LaPierre - he's real and he means business. Big business. Every time we have another of these mass slayings and speak of gun control, weapon sales go up. ... Lee Fang reports ..."For every gun or package of ammunition ... a dollar is donated to the NRA.


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Lynn S (235)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:04 am
With the 400 plus gun deaths since Newtown (another source put it at over 700) "the merchants of death are experiencing a happy new year." to use Bill Moyers' words.

"We have to keep talking about this, because Wayne LaPierre and the NRA are insidious and powerful predators. Have you seen the reports in both the Journal of the American Medical Association and The Washington Post of how, 16 years ago, the NRA managed to get Congress to pull funding on gun violence studies at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? And just two years ago, NRA henchmen even snuck a provision into the Affordable Care Act that prevents doctors from collecting information on their patients' gun use."

This kind of power, this level of influence is well beyond reasonable in my view. I was very touched by the story at the end of Moyers' article. Right must triumph over might.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:58 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing Lynn.
Great read and yes, gun control has to be kept on the front burner!

Mitchell D (81)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:07 pm
Noted, and as I have commented elsewhere, the NRA is all about supporting the munitions industry, for whom they are a lobbying group.
All of their blather about the 2nd amendment is just a convenient snow job.

John B (185)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:03 pm
Thanks Lynn for the link to the article by Bill Moyers and the video. I have said this before "in my humble opinion the NRA is a domestic terrorist organization". We must continue to oppose the NRA's agenda and to let our elected officials how we feel about weapons legislation. Great post Lynn, read and noted.

Jason S (50)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:54 pm
Good Posting, thanks

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 4:13 am

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:16 am
To the guy that said 'The only thing thato stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun', I would say that the teacher in the school that talked a gunman into surrendering his weapon just proved him wrong.

More firearms means more killings, because inevitably some of them will fall into the wrong hands.

And to those who demand that their right to have weapons be upheld, I would say that should be limited to those who have proved themselves suitable people to hold weapons and have a suitable lockable place to keep them, and that they should be limited to single shot weapons.

Ro H (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:19 am

Larry Gold (9)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:32 am
This is all about the money, as usual.I guess everything has a price to some people ... even human life. I find it disturbing how these people can turn their heads to the statistics that clearly show the utter devastation of unregulated guns in this country. No wonder so much of the world sees the USA a backwards, brutal and heartless. We cant even seem to get something so simple as gun control together. We cant even come to agreements that protect our OWN children from our OWN citiens! This issue is long overdue to be addressed.

donnaa D (14)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:58 am

Lynn S (235)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:39 am
For anyone interested, check out these 2 news items about open carry of assault weapons in Portland. People freaked out but a friend who lives in Portland said the reason people freaked out is that Portland is not that kind of city. This carrying of assault weapons is to say the least, very disturbing to say the least. Is this what people want their children to see?

jan b (5)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:35 pm
When I was a kid there was the movie "Psycho" and Monster movies murder on TV & Movies with cowboys shooting everyone .....and we all had toy-pistols or bows-arrows to play with.
This is a different kind of society who never grew up and and got the real-thing that kills efficiently and effectively thinking they are more macho or giving them security they really don't possess in reality. .

Scott haakon (4)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:15 pm
There are very good reasons not to panic. We don't want another "war on drugs" fiasco. People will get their guns from many places. And I don't blame them. The problem stems from lack of education and training. Many of us who have lived around guns have no fear because we respect them. Much of today's younger generations never had that training. Never learned what they can do. It is up to people to forget fear and deal with reality. Training your children is your responsibility. It is not for the nation to destroy the constitution for your fears. As it is your freedoms no the be held indefinitely has been abrogated while the media basked on the gun story: look up NDAA.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:25 am
Just wondering about the "donation" to NRA... Is that tax deductible...?

How, what does the NRA benefit from this "donation". Is the NRA a non-profit organization?

What is the tax status of NRA? Do you think the IRS should be investigating this?

Just asking. Anyone know?

Ty, Lynn.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 5:51 pm
Noted. Thanks, Lynn...and Carrie for the link. Good questions, Jim P. I'd love to see the NRA investigated.
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