Stop complaining, This is a great organisation who gets people aware of guns and how they can be a major benefit. They do not kill and I hate the people who give 1 star reviews on such a good organisation. They also sell beneficial products for any outdoor's man. This is a great organisation that helps gun owners like me so much in life.
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"The Taliban buy guns at US gun shows because of the NRA's loophole that requires no background checks." Jess3a3, are we lying or deluded? If you've been listening to Michael Moore or the lamestream media, it's the latter. If the former, you may be working for Moore or the lamestream media.
There does not exist a gun show loophole and individuals are required to get background checks.
Many gun shows require that sellers be FFL and the majority are storefront. They must track inventory or they lose their license The rare exceptions which accounts for a fraction of overall gun sales are limited to collectors selling off pieces here and there or inheritances. There exists no proof absolutely whatsoever between illegal use of a handgun purchased in this manner.
A 2000 study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed that 47 percent of crime guns are obtained through a straw purchase, and another 26 percent are stolen.
And Beatrice S.,
MYTH: Guns are the #1 killer of children.
FACT: Cars, pools, bicycles, and other unintentional injuries are the top killers of children.
The leading causes of injury-related death among children ages 14 and under are motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning and fires and/or burns.
• • According to opponents of guns, there are 30,000 gun deaths in the country each year.
• • Almost all of the deaths are attributable to the 16 to 19 age group and almost all are gang-related.
• • In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The Brady Act, as it is known, imposed as an interim measure a waiting period of 5 days before a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may sell, deliver, or transfer a handgun to an unlicensed individual.
• • In the four years after Great Britain banned handguns in 1996, gun crime rose by 40%,
• • Some of the proposed legislation is based on faulty information. The weapons used in the Columbine High School tragedy killings were NOT assault rifles.
• • Many murders committed by children were accomplished by their ease of access to their parent’s gun case containing multiple weapons.
• • Advocates argue that guns are not the problem – lack of responsible parental supervision is most often the problem.
Do Stringent Gun Control Laws Reduce Crime?
• • New Jersey adopted what sponsors described as “the most stringent gun law” in the nation in 1966; two years later, the murder rate was up 46 percent and the reported robbery rate nearly doubled.
• • In 1968, when Hawaii’s murder rate was a low 2.4 per 100,000, it imposed a series of increasingly harsh measures and by 1977 its murder rate tripled to 7.2.
• • In 1976, Washington, D.C., enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city’s murder rate has risen 134 percent while the national murder rate has dropped 2 percent.
Mcemy, what a bunch of misinformed garbage, spoken with authority. Let me guess - you got your "facts" from MSNBC? CNN? That sort of presentation can be dangerous, as one only need look to the last election to see how discerning the general public is to well told lies from a con-man whose only legacies were social and economic degeneration.
Speaking of media freaks, Producer Rob Reiner insists that Hollywood's contribution to crime and moral decay is minimal, "Maybe perhaps even non-existent."
"Directors will be fighting over this story," Columbine killer Dylan Klebold declared, prior to the slaughter.
Reiner went on to add that the real culprits are assault weapons and handguns. Reiner remains a Meathead.
I'm also reminded of the special screening of "Bowling For Columbine" which Michael Moore held for the families of the victims of Columbine. Imagine the families' surprise finding out they were expected to pay admission to the even.
There was nothing legal about the gun use at Sandy Hook. The guns were not legally obtained, the shooting was in a "gun free zone", and while you make the inaccurate claim that none of the perpetrators had histories of mental health problems, we don't know what psychiatric drugs Mr. Lanza may have been on.
Whether we like to admit it or not, it is undeniable that when certain people living on the edge of sanity take psychiatric medications, those drugs can – and occasionally do – push them over the edge into violent madness. Remember, every single SSRI antidepressant sold in the United States of America today, no matter what brand or manufacturer, bears a “black box” FDA warning label – the government’s most serious drug warning – of “increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24.” Common sense tells us that where there are suicidal thoughts – especially in a very, very angry person – homicidal thoughts may not be far behind. Indeed, the mass shooters we are describing often take their own lives when the police show up, having planned their suicide ahead of time.
Columbine mass-killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox – like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor and many others, a modern and widely prescribed type of antidepressant drug called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Harris and fellow student Dylan Klebold went on a hellish school shooting rampage in 1999 during which they killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 24 others before turning their guns on themselves.Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox – that’s 1 in 25 – developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.
• Patrick Purdy went on a schoolyard shooting rampage in Stockton, Calif., in 1989, which became the catalyst for the original legislative frenzy to ban “semiautomatic assault weapons” in California and the nation. The 25-year-old Purdy, who murdered five children and wounded 30, had been on Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, as well as the antipsychotic drug Thorazine.
• Kip Kinkel, 15, murdered his parents in 1998 and the next day went to his school, Thurston High in Springfield, Ore., and opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others. He had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.
• In 1988, 31-year-old Laurie Dann went on a shooting rampage in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka, Ill., killing one child and wounding six. She had been taking the antidepressant Anafranil as well as Lithium, long used to treat mania.
• In Paducah, Ky., in late 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal, son of a prominent attorney, traveled to Heath High School and started shooting students in a prayer meeting taking place in the school’s lobby, killing three and leaving another paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin.
• In 2005, 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.
• In another famous case, 47-year-old Joseph T. Wesbecker, just a month after he began taking Prozac in 1989, shot 20 workers at Standard Gravure Corp. in Louisville, Ky., killing nine. Prozac-maker Eli Lilly later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors.
• Kurt Danysh, 18, shot his own father to death in 1996, a little more than two weeks after starting on Prozac. Danysh’s description of own his mental-emotional state at the time of the murder is chilling: “I didn’t realize I did it until after it was done,” Danysh said. “This might sound weird, but it felt like I had no control of what I was doing, like I was left there just holding a gun.”
• John Hinckley, age 25, took four Valium two hours before shooting and almost killing President Ronald Reagan in 1981. In the assassination attempt, Hinckley also wounded press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and policeman Thomas Delahanty.
• Andrea Yates, in one of the most heartrending crimes in modern history, drowned all five of her children – aged 7 years down to 6 months – in a bathtub. Insisting inner voices commanded her to kill her children, she had become increasingly psychotic over the course of several years. At her 2006 murder re-trial (after a 2002 guilty verdict was overturned on appeal), Yates’ longtime friend Debbie Holmes testified: “She asked me if I thought Satan could read her mind and if I believed in demon possession.” And Dr. George Ringholz, after evaluating Yates for two days, recounted an experience she had after the birth of her first child: “What she described was feeling a presence … Satan … telling her to take a knife and stab her son Noah,” Ringholz said, adding that Yates’ delusion at the time of the bathtub murders was not only that she had to kill her children to save them, but that Satan had entered her and that she had to be executed in order to kill Satan.Yates had been taking the antidepressant Effexor. In November 2005, more than four years after Yates drowned her children, Effexor manufacturer Wyeth Pharmaceuticals quietly added “homicidal ideation” to the drug’s list of “rare adverse events.” The Medical Accountability Network, a private nonprofit focused on medical ethics issues, publicly criticized Wyeth, saying Effexor’s “homicidal ideation” risk wasn’t well-publicized and that Wyeth failed to send letters to doctors or issue warning labels announcing the change.And what exactly does “rare” mean in the phrase “rare adverse events”? The FDA defines it as occurring in less than one in 1,000 people. But since that same year 19.2 million prescriptions for Effexor were filled in the U.S., statistically that means thousands of Americans might experience “homicidal ideation” – murderous thoughts – as a result of taking just this one brand of antidepressant drug.Effexor is Wyeth’s best-selling drug, by the way, which in one recent year brought in over $3 billion in sales, accounting for almost a fifth of the company’s annual revenues.
• One more case is instructive, that of 12-year-old Christopher Pittman, who struggled in court to explain why he murdered his grandparents, who had provided the only love and stability he’d ever known in his turbulent life. “When I was lying in my bed that night,” he testified, “I couldn’t sleep because my voice in my head kept echoing through my mind telling me to kill them.” Christopher had been angry with his grandfather, who had disciplined him earlier that day for hurting another student during a fight on the school bus. So later that night, he shot both of his grandparents in the head with a .410 shotgun as they slept and then burned down their South Carolina home, where he had lived with them.”I got up, got the gun, and I went upstairs and I pulled the trigger,” he recalled. “Through the whole thing, it was like watching your favorite TV show. You know what is going to happen, but you can’t do anything to stop it.”Pittman’s lawyers would later argue that the boy had been a victim of “involuntary intoxication,” since his doctors had him taking the antidepressants Paxil and Zoloft just prior to the murders.Paxil’s known “adverse drug reactions” – according to the drug’s FDA-approved label – include “mania,” “insomnia,” “anxiety,” “agitation,” “confusion,” “amnesia,” “depression,” “paranoid reaction,” “psychosis,” “hostility,” “delirium,” “hallucinations,” “abnormal thinking,” “depersonalization” and “lack of emotion,” among others.The preceding examples are only a few of the best-known offenders who had been taking prescribed psychiatric drugs before committing their violent crimes – there are many others.
In 2011, NRA’s Foundation granted $1,042,000 into my state of California. These charitable grants helped our Boy Scouts troops, JROTC, trap and clays teams, and more.
The NRA should lose their non profit status given the public advertising they have conducted in light of the recent gun slaughters. Their ads do not promote their 'core principles' of marksmanship and gun safety. Instead, they fight regulations that can only enhance law enforcement and safety of the principles they purport. In fact, the NRA written Tiahrt amendments specifically reduce local law enforcement from tracking and prosecuting criminals. The mass gun shootings in the news are not by criminals nor by folk with mental health records. These guns were owned by everyday folk who suffered a psychotic break. Yes, cars, knives, and baseball bats can kill - but they cannot kill 26 people in 2.5 minutes - and they are not specifically designed to kill people. A real hunter does not need a 30 clip to hunt. No one likes gunpowder flavored game.
National Rifle Assn (PAC)
Independent Expenditures: $10,765,834
NRA Institute for Legislative Action (501c)
Independent Expenditures: $7,448,013
National Rifle Assn (501c)
Communication Costs: $682,595
The NRA needs to breakout exactly how much money they spend on scholarships, Boy Scouts, etc. In the 2012 elections they reported $1.1M to candidates and $2.2M lobbying in 2012 and $2.9M in 2011. The lobbying and election monies were not to promote sportsmanship nor gun safety legislation. Therefore, no societal benefit to continue receiving tax exempt status.
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The National Rifle Association supports organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, and 4-H. NRA relations with these groups include monetary donations, equipment donations...instructors to assist in their programs. The NRA is and should reamain a 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) organization.
I believe we all have a right to express our opinions as long as it is truthful and accurate. A comment I read stated - the NRA should lose their Non-profit status because they bring guns to the citizens and the guns kill people . Really? Does the NRA bring the guns and do the guns actually kill people? Or do people who unlawfully use guns kill people? I guess we should outlaw automobiles and sue the auto indusrty because automobiles injur people or maybe it is people who drive cars recklessly injur people? Next, we will have to ban baseball. It's the baseball bat that injurs people and not people swinging the bat right? My role: professional with expertise in this field - 26 yrs military with extensive gun handling and safety training.
The NRA Foundation actually puts its money behind its purpose, particularly in the area of safety. While many gun control organizations talk a lot, none of them come close to the NRA Foundation in reducing accidents and misuse of firearms.
I was chosen for NRA Foundation’s Youth Education Summit (YES). We are the future leaders of this country thanks to training and scholarships from the NRA!
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When it comes to an organization that has it's priorities you would be hard pressed to fine a better one then the NRA Foundation. The monies that are spent and raised each year to promote and support the shooting sports and firearm safety are second to none. As the Chairman of the largest NRA Foundation banquet in NJ , three years in a row I have seen how the efforts of the Foundation can change peoples lives. From raising the funds to send an athlete to the National's to purchasing safety gear for a ladies outreach event, the Foundation is there.