People, no NRA

Posted Monday, Apr. 08, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The National Rifle Association is a lobbying group funded largely by "corporate partners" to the tune of 74 percent, according to the Violence Policy Center. Since 2005, it's estimated the gun industry has donated between $4.7 million and $38.9 million to political campaigns.

Wayne LaPierre, NRA's executive vice president, makes $970,300. When he is shooting off his mouth about Second Amendment rights, he is really defending corporate interests and his own paycheck.

Ronald Reagan stood up to the NRA and lobbied the Republican House to outlaw semi-automatic weapons. George H.W. Bush campaigned as a "pro-gun" candidate with the NRA endorsement. He later placed a temporary ban on the import of semi-automatic weapons, which cost him the endorsement. He resigned his lifetime membership.

Now, Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee plan to filibuster new restrictions on guns.

It's time to ask our representatives whom they represent, corporate interests or the people? I doubt any law-abiding citizen wants our country to become another Mexico or Colombia.

-- Barbara Warren, Burleson

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