The NRA, which has an annual budget of over $300 million and five million members, is the most powerful lobbying organization in Washington. They use that power to make sure that Congress never passes any meaningful gun control legislation.
The touching and outspoken activism by the survivors of the Parkland shooting may spur somewhat stricter gun control laws in a few states, but the new laws will most likely not be sweeping and significant.
Part of the reason for the NRA’s hammerlock over Congress is the financial support they get from the Koch brothers, who give money to the NRA because it dependably turns out right-wing voters in November.
A loud and combative NRA also helps protect people like the Kochs by encouraging the impression that the true source of political power in America today is gun ownership, rather than, say, immense wealth.
In this country money talks and BS walks, and until that is changed rational and substantive gun control policy will remain a fantasy and 30,000-plus Americans will die each year from gunshot wounds.
Martin H. Levinson