Firearm Industry Profits Fuel N.R.A. Agenda

Recently, the National Rifle Association (NRA) held a series of statements in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn. While Americans watched in shock as twenty children and six adults were laid to rest, the N.R.A. was manovering to spin its defense of gun makers. Like most people in the south, I own a guy but I find the rampage of violence and the actions of the N.R.A. mutually offensive.

The N.R.A. likes to make the [false] case that it is a grass roots organization designed to represent gun owners rights but in reality it continues to prove it’s sole function is to protect the profits of gun makers. It has become increasingly apparent that the National Rifle Association is totally incapable and uninterested in offering any substantial reforms to protect society from rampant gun violence.

The N.R.A. continues to aggressively lobby federal and state governments to dilute and/or eliminate sensible regulations on gun ownership designed to protect Americans from growing gun violence. The only one to profit from this irresponsible blessing of violence has been the gun industry who have made $12 billion in profit this year. Despite the recession, gun sales are booming, demand outgrowing supply, resulting in an increase of gun imports into America.

The gun industry is the big supporter of the N.R.A. contributing between $14 million and 39 million to the NRA since 2005, according to the Violence Policy Center. Americans lust for violence also continues to boom. In the face of growing violence, the N.R.A. continues to claim they only defend the Second Amendment while it becomes increasingly clear this is an untrue claim. A growing number of surveys show a majority of American gun owners support sensible restrictions designed to protect the public.

A 2009 poll conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that 69 percent of N.R.A. members would support background checks of prospective buyers yet the N.R.A. continues to fight all sensible legislation to protect Americans. What explains this refusal to support common sense legislation that its members support? The answer is simple – The N.R.A. only has one mission – protect gun sales for the gun industry!

Special Interest oftens veils it vile agenda in the guise of constitutional rights and the N.R.A. has proven it is the master of such deception. The Supreme Court has made it clear that the right to bear arms is not absolute, it is subject to regulations and controls. Many extremists attempt to distort the Second Amendment, which was designed to protect a young nation from aggression, as a unfactual right to amass a personal arsenal.

How long will the American public allow the groundless N.R.A. argument that tough sensible gun regulations violates the Second Amendment at the risk of the threat to public safety? How high will the body count grow before sensible gun legislation is adopted by society? If left to the N.R.A., gun sale profits will always outweigh the need to protect the American people against gun violence!

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