The problem with using crime as a rationale for owning guns is that violent crime in the United States keeps going down. For that matter, so does the percentage of older, white men, who just happen to be the demographic that buys and owns most of the guns.
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.
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.
This week, our nation's self-proclaimed "oldest civil rights organization" is setting up camp in St. Louis, Missouri, for its annual meeting and gun industry exposition, a celebration of Freedom!, Freedom!, and yes, even more Freedom!
We have found that the National Rifle Association (NRA) receives millions of dollars directly from domestic and foreign gun manufacturers and other members of the firearms industry through an organized corporate outreach program.
So why is the NRA allowing its leadership, membership, and special guests to be forced to undergo the indignity of being stripped of their guns with little more than a whimper? Well, because to do otherwise would frankly be nuts.