The NRA and their Partners Help Murderers, Not Gun Owners
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For all their claims that they aid gun owners, the NRA and other gun lobbying groups’ stances actually hurt lawful gun owners and ownership in the United States. It is Congressional allies of the gun lobby a few gun extremists that make life more difficult for lawful gun owners.
The gun lobby fights many common sense gun safety laws, laws that can prevent some of the shooting sprees and far to common gun violence that occurrs in the United States.
The NRA opposes trigger locks of all kinds, even the biometric trigger lock that doesn’t slow gun access but prevents strangers from using your gun. Biometric trigger locks would have stopped killer Adam Lanza from using his mothers guns to kill 26 in Newton, Connecticut. Moreover, Adam Lanza’s mother was found dead in her home with four bullets from her own gun. Adam Lanza’s mother, a gun owner, was not protected by her guns partly due to lobbying by the NRA and other groups against trigger locks. The only people this type of trigger lock would hurt are criminals and spree killers, but the NRA opposes them.
Adam Lanza had hundreds of rounds of bullets, enough to kill every child in the school in Newtown. Safety laws such as limiting ammunition purchases can help reduce mass killings and damage done by guns.
Another issue with ammunition is that you can buy it online, thus not having to show and ID. While many Republicans want to pass laws requiring people to show IDs to vote, they are against requiring IDs to buy ammunition.
James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado spree killer, purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet. He has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. You got it. The NRA is against banning sales of bullets online.
In the Virginia Tech shooting, assailant Cho Seung Hui bought one of his guns used in his shooting spree online, a 22-caliber Walther semi-automatic. If online purchases were made illegal, he would have only had the one gun he bought at pawn shop near the Virginia Tech campus. And if Virginia Tech had been legally mandated to put Cho’s history of mental illness at the campus online, he may have been banned from purchasing any guns. Of course, the NRA doesn’t care if people like Cho gets guns. It’s their job to help it happen.
In San Ysidro, California in 1984, James Oliver Huberty killed 21 in a local McDonald’s with a submachine gun and rifle before being killed by police. One of the guns used was an Israeli made UZI, a gun with, on average, a 25 round capacity. That gun would be banned if gun safety advocates could reinstitute the 1994 assault weapons ban. Why are these guns sold, and sold online? Ask the NRA and other gun lobbyists.
An assist in the Littleton, Colorado shooting can be given to The Tanner Gun Show, where spree killers Eric Harris and Dylon Klebold purchased their weapons illegally: the Hi-Point 9mm Carbine, Savage 67H pump-action shotgun, and a Savage 311-D 12-gauge shotgun. They went on to kill thirteen in Columbine High School before killing themselves.
But the guns weren’t illegal to buy, the purchase was illegal because a friend of Klebold and Harris bought the guns for the young men. That made it an illegal “straw purchase.” Moreover, they bought the TEC-DC9 from a pizza shop employee named Mark Manes, who knew they were too young to purchase the assault pistol.
These weapons can all be bought online, without an ID, something the NRA loves to support. If you are not a criminal, this type of anonymity is unnecessary. By supporting online purchases, the NRA benefits while supporting criminals. They also profit from the gun industry. By the way, the TEC-DC9 semi-automatic used in the Columbine shooting can hold up to 50 rounds with addition clips that can be bought online.
While blocking gun safety regulations, the NRA, along with their partners, ALEC, have pushed extreme laws counter to gun safety that allow people more gun access and more leeway to kill.
1. Leading the list are a series of castle doctrine laws that say it’s legal to shoot, injure or kill anyone entering your home illegally. However, mistakes are easy to make and the law can be used as an excuse to murder. States already have self defense laws, but the castle doctrine allows preemptive killing, i.e. shoot first, ask question later. In some states the castle doctrine extends to people “breaking into your driveway.”
2. The even more extreme version of theses laws are the stand your ground laws. The NRA pushed for the controversial "stand your ground" law in Florida in 2005. Then it worked with ALEC to help pass similar laws in 24 other states. Stand your ground laws allow you to use your weapon on anyone who poses an “eminent threat” to you.
The stand your ground statutes use language such as this from the Florida stand your ground law called, Justifiable Use of Force: “…a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: 1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony…” The law allows deadly force if a person “believes” they are in danger. Thus, you have George Zimmerman chasing and shooting Trayvon Martin because he was fearful.
While promoting laws that would increase unsafe use of dangerous and powerful weapons, the NRA also opposes several gun safety measures.
1. The NRA opposes laws to ban guns from people who have a record of domestic violence even though two-thirds of all women killed with guns are killed by their intimate partner.
2. The NRA is also against similar laws that would prohibit abusers of animals from owning a gun.
3. The NRA opposes laws that would require a record search on a gun before being transferred to a new owner. The NRA doesn’t seem to care if guns are used in a crime.
4. The NRA opposes legislation that would increase penalties for unlawful public discharge of a weapon. So much for supporting gun safety.
The NRA and their close allies are clearly not concerned with gun safety; they are concerned with protecting gun use, whatever the cost.
NRA President Wayne LaPierre says every school should have armed guards. However, a major reason our kids are in danger is because the NRA supports gun ownership without restriction and fights gun safety laws.
If guns lead to less violence, why does the nation with the most gun ownership, the U.S., have the most gun-related deaths? According to the NRA, the U.S. would be the safest country because of all the guns we own. We're not.
Common sense gun safety regulation is needed, not a call to arms.