Half the story
Jan 09, 2019 | 6462 views | 0 0 comments | 487 487 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Regarding gun control, dispatcher John Amato generalizes freely when he says "our country" seems to have lost all decency. "Our politicians" seem unable to move ahead with any legislation.

But he lumps together Democrats and Republicans. According to data from the (non-partisan) Center for Responsive Politics, 99 percent of the $1 million in NRA contributions to congressional candidates in 2016 went to Republicans.

The NRA used to contribute to both parties relatively equally. What changed?

In the fall of 1994, the Democratic-controlled Congress, with opposition from the NRA, passed a 10-year federal ban on assault weapons. In the two-year period leading up to the vote on the issue, the NRA increased its contributions to Republicans by about $675,000 while reducing contributions to Democrats by nearly $200,000.

Americans overwhelmingly support an assault weapons ban and universal background checks. Republicans, or I should say their owners the NRA, do not.


Robert LaRosa

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