Let’s get the facts out of the way. The National Rifle Association is not concerned with your right to bear arms. Its purpose is not to safeguard the second amendment. Its sole purpose is to lobby for gun manufacturers and gun sellers. It’s in the business of making money for those who support it. And they don’t only want to insure that gun sales continue to rise in the United States, they are lobbying Congress to ensure that American gun manufacturers can legally sell guns to any country which decides to go to war. “War is good for business.”
In November of 2014 the NRA gave more than $35 million to election campaigns. In 2012, it spent more than $25 million.
There’s always a lot of talk about the second amendment, but I’m relatively certain that few have actually read it, or otherwise emotions wouldn’t run so high about some types of gun legislation. This is all it says:
- “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
What it does and does not do. It does guarantee the right of all law-abiding citizens to purchase and possess firearms. It does not stipulate the type. There was no possible way of our founding fathers knowing that individual citizens would be allowed to own military weapons or armor piercing bullets. President Dwight D. Eisenhower voiced his fear regarding this fact.
The latest battle enjoined by the NRA is with the United Nations. The UN has written an agreement between nations to regulate the sale of firearms, tanks and helicopters across international borders. The purpose is an attempt to ensure that these weapons will not be sold and used by organized crime, acts of terrorism, human rights abuses, or violations of humanitarian law. The international arms market is an $85 billion a year industry.
As you might have guessed, the NRA is against any restriction of gun sales anywhere in the world; once again, “war is good business.” They are spending millions lobbying Congress to vote against the President signing the treaty. They claim that it will force an international gun registry and give the power to allow or not to allow gun sales internationally to the UN instead of Congress. Both rationalizations are lies. Congress in in control, and it cannot be taken away without its own approval, and there will be no international registry. The NRA is simply lobbying to allow gun manufactures to enter another market and sell more firearms. The industry makes $12 billion a year presently.
The NRA doesn’t like the truth; more than 30,000 people in the United States are killed by the use of a gun annually. That’s 30 people each day and few of them are criminals or law enforcement. One-half of them are between the ages of 18 and 35; one-third of those killed are under the age of 20.
The Constitution is twisted and bent by our government whenever they deem it necessary. Thanks to the ‘Patriot Act,’ the fourth amendment is virtually non-existent. Several states are circumventing the fifteenth amendment with an attempt to disallow blacks and other minorities the right to vote.
These amendments are of equal importance to the second, but they do not receive the support of Congress. It’s always a case of ‘follow the money.’ Congress receives campaign contributions from the NRA, allowing gun manufacturers and sellers to sell anything, anywhere. Minorities and working class Americans do not have lobbies.
Commentary by James Turnage