Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association released a statement today, April 3, 2013 to defend the organizations practice of not only buying current congressmen but former congressmen as well. The statement was issued in response to an outcry by NRA members that it’s a waste of money to buy congressmen who can no longer cast a vote.
On Tuesday the NRA released its study in regard to curving gun violence but the study only dealt with gun violence in schools. It has been the organizations position even before the study was done that putting armed patrol as well as arming teachers and other school personnel was the answer to the problem.
The cartoon in this article is by Clay Bennett. It shows man in a gun shop contemplating purchasing a fire arm. The caption says, “The voices in my head like that one.” No consideration was given in the study sponsored by the NRA concerning mentally ill people being able to purchase a fire arm.
Former Arkansas congressman Asa Hutchinson was contracted by the NRA to conduct the study on how the organization could assist in solving the problem of gun violence. Mr. Hutchinson’s conclusions were no surprise but confirmed the fact that he was bought and paid for by the organization.
Tracy Klugian a dissident member of the NRA said:
“Members of the N.R.A. fork over millions of dollars to this organization,” he said. “That money should be used to buy people who are actually in Congress now, not some has-been like Hutchinson who doesn’t even have a vote anymore.” He went on to say after watching former congressman Asa Hutchinson at the podium: “It made my blood boil, especially when I thought about all of the current congressmen out there who are totally for sale.”
Mr. Hutchinson appeared on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” last night to defend his involvement with defending the organizations position but offered no solution other than the official position of Wayne LaPierre. Lawrence O’Donnell questioned Mr. Hutchinson as to whether his study considered gun violence at movie theaters or shopping malls but he answered that his study was limited to school violence.
Recent polling suggest that the NRA is winning the battle against any meaningful gun legislation, and they are reluctant to offer any solution other than putting guns in our schools. Despite the fact that 90 per cent of the population support some type of reform including members of the NRA, lawmakers are reluctant to support any proposal that would go against the wishes of the NRA.
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