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Over Easy – Guns and Money, or Part 4

7:55 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

This is the 4th post in an ongoing series. For Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, click the corresponding hyperlinks.

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National Rifle Headquarters in Virginia.

Good morning firedogs, and happy Tuesday. I hope everyone is well-rested and adjusted to the time change, and ready to dive back into the topic of gun control. Here’s how we left things -

Which brings me to the close of this post, and the introduction of next week’s topic – Next Tuesday we will examine the NRA

Ah, the NRA! We’re all very familiar with their exploits, right? We know well the rantings of Wayne LaPierre and Charlton Heston. We’ve also seen recently how the NRA has teamed up with ALEC to draft suggested legislation enacting ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, among others.

How have these laws played out in America? Most of us have heard of the Trayvon Martin case. Our very own Masoninblue has done incredible diary work around the prosecution of George Zimmerman for Trayvon’s homicide. George Zimmerman has claimed self-defense as his justification for shooting and killing Trayvon, citing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law as cover for his actions.

Stand Your Ground laws are now in place in 23 states. Since their enactment, homicide rates in these states have increased significantly, by 7 to 9 percent. From NPR -

We find that there are 500 to 700 more homicides per year across the 23 states as a result of the laws

So the NRA, through ALEC, seems to be responsible for laws that have resulted in 500 to 700 more homicides per year across about half of our states. I guess that’s the cost of defending the 2nd Amendment and promoting marksmanship.

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I personally lay some blame for each of those deaths at the doorsteps of the NRA and ALEC.

The NRA sponsors legislation, in almost all cases, that increases or maintains accessibility to firearms and their accessories. So what is behind this? Is it a passionate belief in their interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? Is it an insane need to possess and use weapons? Available evidence would suggest ‘No’ is the appropriate answer to those two questions. It seems the simple answer is greed.

In its early days, the National Rifle Association was a grassroots social club that prided itself on independence from corporate influence.

Hey! Cool! Sounds like a lot of organizations that I support. But wait a minute…

today less than half of the NRA’s revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

Well, what does that mean exactly? More than half the NRA’s revenue is coming from another source, but how much of that is from corporate donors?

The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990.

Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10 percent of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA’s revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business.

The NRA Foundation also collects hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry, which it then gives to local-level organizations for training and equipment purchases.

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Over Easy – I’ve Got the World on a String

7:50 am in Uncategorized by KrisAinTX

[Portrait of Billy Eckstine and Nelson Riddle, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948] (LOC)Good morning firedogs. All over the place with the links today.  Couldn’t find one specific topic that I wanted to explore further. Here they are.

We have spent quite a bit of time these past few weeks talking about gun control here in the United States. Here is a take on the situation abroad.

Did you folks catch Gun Appreciation Day this past weekend? These people were on the wrong end of it.

Do you have young adult children? Warn them about this guy.

‘Only my own cowardice has kept me from ending it all.’ Harrowing stories of long term unemployment.

The inauguration yesterday was fabulous, no? Here is a list of children killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.

Well, all of those links were downers, eh? How about some happier stuff?

Yahoo brings us the best photo bombs of the inauguration.

This dad promised his kids a puppy if their post could get a million ‘likes’ on Facebook. Guess how it turned out?

Here’s a cute kitten.

And here’s a tune.

See you in the comments firedogs.