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he NRA had a week to prepare, in their words, "meaningful contributions" to the discussion on gun violence after the tragedy in Newtown where 20 children and six adults were killed by a madman with semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines and body armor. What NRA President Wayne LaPierre announced to the world in their press conference on Friday (strangely, a press conference with no questions allowed) is the idea that armed officers should be positioned in every school in America.

The truth is the NRA is not an organization for "gun enthusiasts" - it is a lobbying group for the gun industry.

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The truth is the NRA is not an organization for "gun enthusiasts" - it is a lobbying group for the gun industry. That is why there was no talk at all about restrictions on buying semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines and body armor, no talk of closing the gun show loophole that allows guns to be sold without a license - absolutely no meaningful discussion on preventing weapons designed to kill a lot of people in a short amount of time from getting into anybody's hands besides the military and the police. The NRA wants armed officers at schools because that means the gun industry (the industry they lobby Congress for) can SELL MORE GUNS.

26 people died last week, and all the NRA can do is say America needs more guns - and not only that, more guns in the same buildings where our children learn.  It's an amazing display of capitalist opportunism, almost Machiavellian in its boldness.

The gun lobby didn't hold a "press conference" on Friday - it unveiled what we call in retail a STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, a2nite, adrianrf

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

    by Rico on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 10:43:44 AM PST

  •  It was an infomercial for guns (4+ / 0-)
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    Rico, JamieG from Md, a2nite, adrianrf

    complete with doomsday imagery to support the case for self armament.  

    While some people interested in selling their products might come to the reasonable conclusion that not ever sale that is possible is in their best interest, the NRA does not understand that - that's just the business take.

    From the standpoint of keeping favor with the greater public, they've hurt themselves by revealing just how cold and calculating they are.  These massacres are in their minds an opportunity for greater sales.  So, they are going to do everything in their power to impede efforts to stop them - unless your solution is for people to buy more guns - that's cool because it means more sales.

  •  Suspect that (1+ / 0-)
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    you are preaching to the choir. Even the pro gun section of this site would not be under any illusions re the NRA's reason for being. At least I would hope that were the case.

  •  And...........??????? (1+ / 0-)
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    discussion in support of your theory would be nice.

    I think you have a good angle, expand on it.  

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 11:16:13 AM PST

  •  If that's the case, (0+ / 0-)

    Obama's "we need to change who we are" sold a lot more guns than Wayne did.

    States' rights? Corporate rights? Militia rights? Government rights? Hell no! Only individuals have rights. Proud lifelong human supremacist.

    by happymisanthropy on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:49:10 PM PST

  •  Diary is demonstrably false. (0+ / 0-)

    The NRA has many millions of members who voluntarily pay memberships fees periodically, if they have not purchased an expensive lifetime membership.  The motion picture industry, auto industry, electronics industry, nor any other industry have nothing even close to this.

    While many seniors join the AARP to mainly qualify for various senior discounts on various products and services, people, NRA members clearly join for the purpose of politics.

    I am not a supporter of the NRA, but it only makes Democrats appear disconnected from reality when arguments that the diary makes are repeated.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:59:06 PM PST

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