Pretty much everyone in the family of my father’s generation worked in some part or other of the gun industry for a spell. Part of growing up in the Arsenal of America. We worked every category from machinist to prototype gunsmith, secretary to plant manager. The industry didn’t rely then on the death and destruction of American citizens. The NRA existed to provide safe hunting, safe shooting. Not like today — as a lobbyist for paranoid households and individuals armed to the teeth to “protect” themselves against damned near every other kind of American out there in the dark.
Tag: gun industry
National Rifle Association — Follow the money because that’s all they really care about
The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.
The NRA’s influence is felt not only through campaign contributions, but through millions of dollars in off-the-books spending on issue ads. Lobbying expenditures for the National Rifle Association regularly exceed $1.5 million, as the organization’s lobbyists frequently try to exert their influence over government agencies including members of Congress, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Profile for 2014 Election Cycle
ranks 239 of 12,337
ranks 149 of 2,871 in 2014
ranks 10 of 138
RTFA for lots of links to details of the how and where these pricks get their money and spend their money.
Thanks, Papa Tom
Cartoon of the day
Poster of the day
Mitch McConnell dissed for being owned by the gun industry
Mitch McConnell panicked over this — releasing a frantic statement accusing the folks who produced the video of being a big-money outside group.
A local paper corrected the record: “They actually have raised over 2,000 contributions from their 7,000 members in Kentucky, averaging less than $15 per donation.”
McConnell is feeling the heat.