NRA has backed most state gun laws passed since Sandy Hook

NRA has backed most state gun laws passed since Sandy Hook

NRA has backed most state gun laws passed since Sandy Hook

After the students in Parkland, Fla., so bravely rejected the politics of the current state of gun ownership in the United States, I thought, surely any reasonable person would be forced to admit how ridiculous things have gotten - the blind love of powerful weapons at the expense of any rational, critical thinking about how to regulate them. In the end they do nothing and things eventually blow over, business as usual.

Also in the past five years, 210 "gun safety laws" were enacted in 45 states, according to the Giffords Law Center, a nonprofit named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

A growing number of companies have cut ties with America's main gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA). Its annual expenses regularly outpace its revenues.

There are thought to be about 300 million guns in the US, held by about a third of the population. Are we Americans more ill, or morally depraved than citizens of other countries? Declaring everybody who seems a little "off" as off limits to purchase a gun, is open to abuse by the government.

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In the wake of another horrific gun massacre, Americans are finally talking about solutions. Even before the most recent mass shooting, the influence of LaPierre's organization on elections was fading. Vote to change the laws. American corporations are cutting ties with the NRA at a fast clip: insurance giant MetLife recently ended its NRA member discount program, Delta and United Airlines announced they were ending their contracts with the association, and auto rental companies Avis Budget Group, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise and National followed suit by slashing their NRA member discount plans. They care more about control and more of it. Nevertheless, the NRA and other enthusiastic gun owners dismiss the seriousness of our gun violence today.

See how they did that?

It continued "we believe that this event requires response and action from a wide range of entities across both the public and private sectors". We should hold our elected leaders to action on gun reform, rather than excuse them for accepting money meant to spread helplessness. The people have spoken.

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