We hear a lot in anti-gun circles (which would include the President and most of the Democrat Party, and most of the mass media) these days about the evils of the “gun lobby” (and by “gun lobby,” they generally mean the NRA, despite the gun lobby being something else entirely). Furthermore, we are told that “the gun lobby” (which, remember, is being used as just another term for the NRA) is motivated only by fealty to its gun industry masters, and the desire to protect industry profits.
The Violence Policy Center is probably the most obsessed on the “issue” (just a few examples from their executive director, Josh Sugarmann), but they are joined by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Brady Campaign, and even President Obama himself–and many others. And it’s simply not true. The NRA gets the majority of its funding through membership fees, with other gun rights groups probably relying even more heavily on dues.
Granted, the interests of gun rights groups and the gun industry often intersect (although not always), but that’s inevitable when an industry produces a commodity, the ownership and use of which is a Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right, but is nevertheless under constant attack by groups with no loyalty to the Constitution.
The gun industry has its own trade association, and it’s not the NRA, or Gun Owners of America, or the Second Amendment Foundation, or any other gun rights group. The gun industry itself is represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. If any group can be said to be “shills of the gun industry” (but what, really, is wrong with any group or individual, including industries, having the means to try to persuade lawmakers to protect their rights?), it would be the NSSF.
And as it turns out, NSSF is lobbying for an expansion of the “prohibited purchaser” list:
- FBI NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] databases are incomplete because many states have not provided all records that establish someone is prohibited from owning a firearm under current law, especially mental health adjudications and involuntary commitments orders.
- The firearms industry is launching a campaign, Fix NICS℠ to encourage states to report to NICS all records that establish someone is prohibited from owning a firearm under current law.
- Congress should condition federal grants to states on submitting prohibiting records, States that fail to provide records to NICS should face grant penalties, just as states that fail to meet certain drunk driving law thresholds my lose federal highway funds.
This, as one might expect, meets with far less than universal approval from gun rights advocates. National Gun Rights Examiner Dan, for example, pulls no punches on his online journal, the War on Guns (excerpt–read the whole thing):
These are the brains behind the “we have to give up something” poison circulating in the gun activist community. Reject them — ultimately, they will prove immaterial to freedom.
They simply cannot conceive that a critical mass is sick and tired of Judenrat counsel and will not back up another inch. That’s because we realize that the masters they are trying to please are evil, and the only reason they want “gun controls” is to disarm the citizenry, one surrendered beachhead at a time.
Mr. Codrea, regular readers will remember, is the originator of the statement that “anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun can’t be trusted without a custodian.” In other words, we do not need to designate more “prohibited purchasers”–or even keep the list we have now. We need to realize that people who are so dangerous as to warrant the denial of the fundamental human right to possess the means of defending their lives and liberty are too dangerous to be walking free among society–with or without legal access to guns.
So, Violence Policy Center, CSGV, Brady Campaign, President Obama–join us in resisting the “shills of the gun industry,” and stop any attempt to turn more Americans into “prohibited purchasers.”
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