How the NRA hijacks gun control debates

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  • Published on:  Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Why is the NRA -- a group that represents the interests of gun manufacturers -- taken seriously in debates about reducing gun violence?

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    After the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, news networks are once again focused on the debate over gun control. These debates often pit gun control activists against the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims to speak on behalf of gun owners. But in reality, the NRA represents the interest of gun manufacturers.

    The group gets millions of dollars in donations from gun companies every year, and millions more through the sale of ad space in NRA publications. That financial allegiance means the NRA is similar to organizations like the Tobacco Institute -- an industry lobbying group primarily interested in protecting their product.

    So why do news networks keep inviting them to debate gun violence?

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  • Americans need _emotional control_ not gun control

  • Irish Dude  (Aug 11, 2018)

    Guns are bad weapons,A real weapon is a spork

  • Cauya Wolfe  (Jan 14, 2019)

    +Demon Killer No, to weak like a gun.

  • Chris K  (Aug 17, 2018)

    Politicians, celebrities, protected with guns.Kids, protected by tables

  • Welp, hypocrisy I guess

  • Alexandra Meaghan Roe  (Aug 24, 2018)

    "to stop a bad guy with a gun it takes a good guy with a gun" <-- what if no one had guns in the first place?

  • Exodus fivesixfivesix  (3 hours ago)

    Alexandra Meaghan Roe lets talk about that. You ever hear about Mexico taking away guns ? Or does the cartel and Mexico not count?

  • Fabio Jaun  (17 hours ago)

    Have you ever heard of the blackmarket?!

  • Oliver Paulson  (Jul 29, 2018)

    So much NRA bots in the comments

  • Steven Crowder basically sent me here.

  • Allie Morrison  (4 days ago)

    me too

  • Jacob Melone  (Jun 21, 2018)

    The NRA takes actual facts and good arguments and stretches them into something so untrue it hurts

  • Haziq  (Jul 16, 2018)

    We in Britain will never understand the love of guns Americans haveEdit: I have strated a bit of discussion in comments. Some one asked if I ever wanted to shoot a gun so my reply to that is. I would like to shoot a gun in a shooting range not in a school

  • Duncan Lockwood  (2 days ago)

    ARMED DEFENSE how would you be defenseless if you live in America. I know your from Wales but, you don’t need a weapon.

  • David Chidester  (Sep 21, 2018)

    The NRA doesn't care about your second amendment rights. They only care about making gun companies money.

  • &amp;*  (1 day ago)

    thank you for telling it like it is in a sea of sheep, very true, i can't freakin stand vox +M LG

  • Tyler Durden  (Aug 17, 2018)

    guns are the plague! there are 30,000 gun related deaths annually Of that 30,000:• 65% by suicide.• 15% by law enforcement in the line of duty.• 17% by criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence• 3% accidental discharge deathsAnnual gun violence: 5,100. Of the 5,100, 1,276(25%)of all gun violence resides in these 4 cities:• 480 homicides (9.4%) in Chicago• 344 homicides (6.7%) in Baltimore• 333 homicides (6.5%) in Detroit• 119 homicides (2.3%) ...