ArmaLite is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of AR-type semiautomatic assault rifles. The way the company markets and sells these weapons is as revealing as it is typical of today's militarized firearms industry.
MDA launched a social media campaign to draw attention to the celebrities' NRA gig, hoping to remind them of the NRA's complicity in the deaths and injuries of many Americans due to weak laws and the proliferation of assault weapons.
It has been a week since Ismaayl Brinsley, a deranged man with a long criminal record, killed two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, in cold blood, but so far we haven't heard a word from the National Rifle Association.
We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.
The people don't want a Democratic or Republican Surgeon General, just as they don't search for their personal physician by political affiliation. They want the best, most qualified physician to entrust with their health.
On Thursday, comedian Jay Leno cancelled his speaking gig at a gun industry event less than 24 hours after three reform groups launched a petition asking the former "Tonight Show" host to disassociate himself from the gun group.
While big donors like Tom Steyer and the Democratic Party insiders running Democratic-leaning outside spending groups might not be celebrating over it now, big money -- even losing big money -- matters in Washington.
The NRA fully understands the racial dynamic at play here. As long as we can blame something other than guns, America will not have to come to terms with the truth that violence is a complicated phenomenon that is made far more lethal by the easy availability and killing power of firearms.
The National Rifle Association is in a quandary. The organization's leadership, which is sullied by a long history of sexism and misogyny, must continue to grow its market for guns in order to protect gun manufacturers' profits.