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NRA Board Member Joins Gunmaker Sturm, Ruger's Board

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Few still doubt that today's NRA is nothing less than a trade association for the firearms industry. But for those who do, a recent report distributed at its "Annual Meeting of Members" last week offers the latest confirmation of this growing organizational and financial relationship.

Guns Are Rarely Used in Self-Defense

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The fact is that the use of guns in self-defense in America bears little resemblance to the false claims made by the NRA and its gun industry partners. Perhaps most striking is that in a nation of more than 300 million guns, how rarely firearms are used in self-defense.

'Making a Killing' Documentary Shows the Impact of Guns in America as Never Before

Mike Weisser | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

I am not sure if I can adequately convey the degree to which this final footage is simply beyond anything that exists when it comes to capturing the extreme violence associated with guns.

How the NRA Targets Children, in its Own Words

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

As household gun ownership in the United States steadily declines, the firearms industry and gun lobby are targeting children as young as grade-school age as the next generation of customers.

Advocacy Group Warns U.S. Gun Industry Is Targeting Children

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. firearms industry is designing and marketing guns specifically for children in a concerted effort to build a new base of customers, according...

How Reliant is Illinois on the Firearms Industry?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.04.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new study by ranks states according to their dependence on the firearms and ammunition industry. The personal finance website said it ...

End Gun Violence by Repealing Not Enacting Legislation

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

I have no doubt that some additional legislation, such as background checks, will help stem the tide of this endless gun violence. But the real answer is in repealing existing legislation -- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Appeals Court Gives Gun Industry Reason to Celebrate

Mike Weisser | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The leading medical organizations plus the American Bar Association believe that "deaths and injuries related to firearms constitute a major public health problem in the United States." This consensus is not going to change because some judge thinks that doctors should avoid the issue of guns.

Glock Pistol Used in Church Massacre a Favorite of Mass Shooters

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The dominance of semiautomatic pistols has greatly increased the firepower in civilian hands. Not only are semiautomatic pistols capable of rapid fire, they utilize high-capacity ammunition magazines and can be quickly reloaded. The combination of these features makes semiautomatic pistols efficient killing machines.

Fewer and Fewer Americans Own Guns

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

A clear majority -- two thirds -- of Americans don't have guns in their homes. Almost four out of five Americans don't personally own a gun. And as the gun-owning population continues to age and die off, fewer Americans are taking their place. These numbers terrify the NRA and their "corporate partners" in the gun industry but should offer hope for the majority of Americans.

Going Beyond the Usual Arguments About Gun Safety

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Mike Weisser

Until recently, the pro-gun gallery has owned the issue of gun safety, which they mostly define as keeping guns out of the 'wrong' hands, i.e., crooks, creeps and other undesirables who want access to guns for no other reason than to inflict harm.

The Gun Industry's Nod to 'Safety' Is Just Another Sales Pitch

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

What's interesting about the new attention to safety being paid by the gun industry is that the notion that guns might be potentially dangerous no matter how they are used is a concept that is remarkably absent.

The Battle Over the Armor-Piercing AR-15 Bullet Is a Problem of the Gun Industry's Own Making

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The gun industry knew this new breed of assault pistol could trigger restrictions on specific types of ammunition that are considered armor-piercing when used in a handgun, but it moved ahead anyway, driven by the need to create new, militarized market categories in the face of declining household gun ownership. Now they are attempting to rewrite history.

Why 'Armor-Piercing' Bullets Are Flying Off the Shelves

Mike Weisser | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

You know that something's up in the gun business when Rush Limbaugh starts talking about gun control. And what he was talking about this past week was the decision by the ATF to create a new standard for exempting certain kinds of so-called 'armor-piercing' bullets from the ban that Congress placed on such ammo in 1986.

Missouri Is the Latest State to Prohibit Doctors From Talking About Guns

Mike Weisser | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The real reason that the gunnies want to push physicians out of the discussion about gun violence is because the NRA and its allies want to disconnect gun ownership from violence to make their products more acceptable, more enjoyable, more normal for every dad and mom.

The NRA: Gun Industry Trade Association Masqerading as a Shooting Sports Foundation

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Since 2005, gun industry "corporate partners," as the NRA likes to call them, have donated between $19.3 million and $60.2 million to the NRA. This partnership will be on full display at the annual meeting -- which itself is sponsored by firearm accessories vendor MidwayUSA.

Gun Industry Hawks Militarized Products at Vegas SHOT Show

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This is not your grandfather's gun industry that met the needs of hunters and sportsmen. Instead, gun companies are promoting assault rifles like the AR-15, AK-47, and numerous others as the profit center of last resort.

Remembering Newtown, One Year Later

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Much will be said in the coming days about how successful advocates have been in achieving their goals since 12/14. And make no mistake: Given the opposition we face, we cannot expect to win overnight. The NRA, a trade association for the gun industry masquerading as a shooting sports foundation, has worked for decades to block any policy that could negatively affect the industry's bottom line. They've taken tens of millions of dollars in donations from gun companies that care more about increased profits than protecting public safety. But over the long term, it's important to know that the NRA represents an industry on the decline. Newtown and other recent mass shootings have greatly increased public awareness of gun violence, helping spur a growing grassroots movement in favor of action that shows no sign of slowing down.

NRA 'Corporate Partner' Exploits JFK Death in American Rifleman Ad

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Lee Harvey Oswald buys his rifle through the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. Fifty years later, the magazine marks the anniversary by offering a "Historic NRA Exclusive Offer" hawking silver JFK half dollars issued after his assassination.

Healing Beyond Bandages

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Yes, we certainly need more regulations and oversight over who can buy a gun, what guns are acceptable for public ownership, and when and where they can be carried.

Cerberus Capital: Profiting From Guns and Gun Violence

John Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
John Rosenthal

When it comes to the health industry, the idea of hospitals having an interest in deadly firearms and ammunition, a major source of injury and death, makes even the most hardened Wall Street executives feel uncomfortable.

The Conspiracy Theory the NRA Hates

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Insurrectionist rhetoric might work well in marketing firearms to civilians on the far right wing of American politics. But with police chiefs and generals? Not so much.

'Sex And The City' Inspired Handbag Is Designed To Conceal Firearms

Forbes | Susannah Breslin | Posted 06.05.2013 | Small Business

Forbes A gun in your bra not quite your style? Leslie Deets would like to sell you a concealed carry handbag. Make that a Concealed Carrie ha...

This Is What Happens When The Gun Industry Sees Kids As Customers

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie & Nick Wing | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

The percentage of American households that reported owning guns dropped more than 40 percent between 1977 and 2010, according to surveys by the Univer...

NRA Meets in Houston to Promote Gun Industry's 'Latest and Greatest Products'

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

While the NRA promises that the annual convention will draw more than 70,000 attendees, left unstated is the fact the vast majority of these participants aren't there to attend the organization's annual "meeting of members" but to see the products of the organization's gun industry patrons.