The internet and the airwaves are flooded with gun control articles these days. Since the tragedy in Newtown there is a new energy to confront failed gun laws. However, most people feel that the gun control pros and cons debate is decidedly skewed in favor of those who are pro weapon. We deserve to know ALL the gun control facts.
A recent well investigated gun control essay in Huffington Post sheds some light on the situation. While the the sentiment of millions upon millions of Americans is for stricter gun laws, they are unorganized. On the other hand, the tiny minority that favors easy access to extremely devastating military assault weapons and fewer rules for handgun purchasing is highly organized.
The reason for the imbalance in the debate is the NRA. The National Rifle Association grew from a harmless sportsman’s group dedicated to promoting gun safety into one of the loudest, most well organized lobbying corporations in America. The NRA is the marketing arm of the $12 BILLION arms industry. They do not want Americans to know gun control facts.
The NRA now has a 300 million dollar annual budget. With only about four million members paying $25 a year, the balance of $299 million comes from corporations, endorsements and the donations of arms manufacturers.
The NRA has worked relentlessly to both frame and confuse the debate. Gun control facts are distorted and replaced with false constitutional issues. They encourage a small army of gun extremists to write internet stories that confuse the public. They have established themselves as the voice of gun owners while in fact their policies directly oppose the wishes of even their own membership. NRA members are as horrified with the number of gun deaths in America as anyone else. A poll conducted in 2012 by Republican pollster Frank Luntz for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, found that 74 percent of NRA members support mandatory background checks for all gun purchases. The NRA is adamantly opposed to this simple rule.
Americans deserve to get all the gun control facts and to hear a debate presented on an equal footing. That means the NRA, as an industry lobbyist, must be excluded from the conversation.