NRA: Domestic Terror Organization Setting Back Gun Control for Decades
On September 3rd, the San Francisco board of Supervisors unanimously voted to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terror organization, citing the use of propaganda to deceive the public on the dangers of gun violence, and of directly arming individuals who have incited mass shootings in the United States.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit dedicated to tracking money in United States politics and its effects on legislation, $42.1 million has been spent on gun rights lobbying in the United States from 1990-2018, compared with just 4.3 million for gun control.
The NRA alone spent $5 million in lobbyists and ads for gun rights in 2018. The organization is also responsible for contributions to mostly Republican candidates in the House and Senate of the United States, most notably Ted Cruz representing Texas, and Marsha Blackburn representing Tennessee.
After another mass shooting in Texas last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel announced today, September 3rd, that he’s waiting on the White House to announce what measure the administrations is willing to support for stricter gun control in the United States.
In March of 2018, Trump publicly endorsed an Assault Weapons Ban, background checks for private sales at gun shows, and raising the legal age to purchase firearms to 21. Trump also declared that “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks” last month after the devastating shooting in El Paso, Texas.
On both occasions, however, one phone call from Chief Executive of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre, was enough to change his tune.