Monday, December 3, 2018

NRA losing its grip on politicians?

Increasingly, the gun control debate has become a true debate, with those silenced speaking up, according to Roll Call. Doctors, long admonished with NRA advice “to stay in their lane,” have added their voices, informed by having to deal with the shattered bodies that represent the aftermath of gun violence. Many doctors have sought a middle ground, allowing gun ownership as well as the training and the research on gun violence that has been barred by NRA-backed laws.
My gun-owning family — admittedly more my husband than me — falls into that middle ground. He chose to drop his NRA affiliation and his favored gun range when its mandatory NRA membership tipped from practical tips into political advocacy.
Apparently, he is not alone.
The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016, according to The Daily Beast, even though it has in President Donald Trump a champion it helped elect. The NRA’s more than $128 million in dues last year was a drop from the $163 million it took in the year before, the report said.
On their own, states, such as Connecticut, where Sandy Hook shook residents, have enacted some form of stricter gun regulations since then, more than 200 gun-safety laws across the country.
When churches and synagogues now have to worry about security as well as saving souls, politicians and a weary public confronted with weekly instances of gun violence that flash into the headlines before making way for the next tragedy might be more willing to find a different solution, in which the NRA plays a part but is not in charge.
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