Among the many calumnies hurled against the National Rifle Association in recent days and weeks one of the most ridiculous and totally false accusations is that: “The NRA sells numerous guns.” The NRA is not now and never has been in the business of selling firearms. To the contrary, the NRA is not a for-profit civic organization whose primary purposes are firearms safety training and promotion of the shooting sports. Starting in 1949 and acting in cooperation with the state of New York, developed hunter safety training materials and courses which have since been adopted throughout North America. It has also developed and implemented firearms safety and training courses covering everything from new gun owners or novice shooters to advanced marksmanship.

More than a million Americans attend these courses annually. Through its Competitive Shooting Division the NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year. The NRA offers assistance to its affiliated clubs and to both public and private shooting ranges across the country.

Through its Law Enforcement Division, established in 1960, the NRA provides a means for certifying law-enforcement firearms instructors. It also offers law-enforcement firearm competitions, since competition is a direct extension of training. When it comes to addressing school shootings, the NRA School Shield program works to secure our schools and help keep our children safe. NRA School Shield seeks to engage communities and empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.

Through its Institute for Legislative Action, founded in 1975, NRA urges legislators nationwide to not pass so-called gun control laws which infringe upon the Constitutional rights of its five million members, as well as millions of other law abiding gun owners, to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment. It does support of the candidacies of individuals for public office who share the NRA’s commitment to protecting the Second Amendment.

While probably the best known in this regard, many other organizations also fight to protect the Second Amendment, such as The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America and The Firearms Coalition.

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Concerned & Proactive American

thanks William H , and for those who do not know the definition Definition of calumny



1 : a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation denounced his opponent for his defamatory insinuations and calumny



2 : the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation He was the target of calumny for his unpopular beliefs.


Justthinking

I realize that some people are unable to understand that “Sell a lot of rifles “. does not mean that the run to every gun show personally selling armloads of AK47 type weapons “. They sell rifles by their leading their sheep to slaughter.



Another example is Nike sells shoes. They don’t run outside onto a street corner hacking their wares. Come on people.


DLJohnson

Justthinking: How many NRA members (sheep) are lead to slaughter? Backup your comment with facts.







Obvious that you have not seen the street vendors selling Nikes on the sidewalks in New York.


dmilroy

The days of the NRA being a non-profit, firearm safety organization are long gone. They are currently under investigation for taking money from the Russian government https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/us/nra-russia-maria-butina-investigations.html , financial mismanagement https://www.vox.com/2019/4/30/18510946/nra-finances-lapierre-north-accusations-corruption and violating their non-profit status https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/analysis-could-the-nra-be-at-risk-of-losing-its-nonprofit-status The NRA represents gun manufactures more than hunters and sportsmen. http://vpc.org/investigating-the-gun-lobby/blood-money/ The Constitution does not prevent laws regulating firearms. If more guns made us safer, then the United States would be among the safest counties in the world. As long we vote for politicians like Donald Trump, John Thune, Mike Rounds and Kristi Noem who are under the thumb to the gun lobby. We will remain powerless to reduce gun violence and the mass shootings will be business as usual.


DLJohnson

dmilroy: Still pushing the same hatred on the Republicans and the NRA. You are correct that you and the mouse in your pocket will remain powerless, but not for the reason you claim.


dmilroy

DLJohnson mistakes statements of fact for hatred. Mr. Johnson's cynicism and fatalism about gun violence is what the gun lobby relies on to prevent common sense steps to reduce gun violence. While Mr. Johnson blames video games an spouted inane NRA talking points, I and many others have offered clear, direct concrete steps to address our gun violence epidemic. Namely, Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands. Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Making schools safer. Increasing access to mental health services. Extreme Risk Protection Orders: a process by allowing families, household members, or law enforcement officers to petition a court directly for an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) which temporarily restricts a person’s access to guns. Allow federal research on gun violence and many more... https://www.preventioninstitute.org/focus-areas/preventing-violence-and-reducing-injury/preventing-violence-advocacy DLJohnson's cynicism/fatalism/love of guns/political worldview/etc... makes him powerless to even address gun violence. However, ignoring the mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland, Omaha, Odessa Walmart, Dayton, etc... is cowardice. Not only can we reduce gun violence, but it is our duty as Americans. https://www.sandyhookpromise.org


dmilroy

The National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=6432520-The-NRA-Russia-How-a-Tax-Exempt-Organization


DLJohnson

dmilroy: I am at a place in life where I cannot trust anything a Democrat Senator or Congressman may come up with or anything that may come out of their mouth. And you want me to believe that everything that comes out of NPR is factual, truthful and accurate? Their history of controversies makes it highly unlikely that won't happen.


dmilroy

DLJohnson, you don't have to trust congressmen, senators or NPR about the NRA's problems. D.C. In April, Attorney General Karl Racine said in a statement that his office is charged with “protecting charitable organizations and their assets in the District” and “can bring court actions to dissolve, or place in receivership, a nonprofit corporation that misuses funds or acts contrary to its nonprofit purposes.” New York Attorney General Letitia James began a formal review of the NRA’s nonprofit status, including a request for financial records. Then-president of the group, Oliver North, resigned soon after, in a statement read by a board member during the NRA’s annual convention.. William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, says the organization “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.” https://twitter.com/timothywjohnson/status/1122143125273763841?lang=en https://www.apnews.com/abfecc7f1d56498d8b4a1aee6b1f84d8



You claim your willing to take steps to reduce gun violence but you have offer nothing in the way of solutions. What is your plan?


DLJohnson

dmilroy: I have offered steps to aide the reduction of gun violence. However, you chose to ignore them because they do not involve taking guns away from law bidding citizens.







You and your kind are the "thieves of the night" that our parents warned us about. Out to steal our rights.







You are correct that there is a snake at the very top of the NRA. The way he has manipulated the finances of that organization to make it all about him and lining his pockets is terrible. I would not shed tears if the NRA's non-profit status went away because of his and the conduct of the organization's upper "elite" bad apples.







That doesn't change your status as one of the "thieves of the night". People only need to wake up and open their eyes to see what they are doing and for the "thieves of the night" to fade away.


dmilroy

DLJohnson, you write, "I have offered steps to aide the reduction of gun violence" but you post nothing. If I have missed your solutions, I apologize please post them again. None of the steps I have offered steal anyone's rights. They protect them. Attack my arguments if you disagree with them but what is the point of insulting me by calling me a "thief of the night?"



You have steps to reduce gun violence. What are they?


DLJohnson

dmilroy: For the umpteenth time:







1) Vigorously enforce current gun laws.



2) Vigorously enforce current mental health laws.



3) Vigorously enforce domestic violence laws and protection orders.



4) Vigorously enforce stalking protection orders.



5) Hold accountable agencies who fail to record mental illness adjudications to to State and Federal searchable databases used to to determine if a person is ineligible to lawfully possess a firearm.



6) Hold agencies accountable who fail to report domestic violence and protection order violations convictions to their State searchable criminal database.



7) Fighting, domestic violence and crimes of violence are all acts where arrests are proper. Enact laws that all persons be held for a minimum of 72 hours that are involved in fighting, domestic violence and crimes that involve violence before he or she can be released on bond. (Latest mass shooting reported Sunday evening involved people who were in a fight at a bar, left and came back with guns). It appears that a cooling off period could reduce gun violence. A prime example of violence of one form evolving into gun violence. Address violence at its core.







I have stated 1 through 6 on previous occasions. It's not my fault that you missed them because you were blinded by your political extremism. Number 7 was prompted due to the information reported on the Sunday evening shooting in Kansas City.







You support taking away 2nd Amendment Rights from law bidding citizens (remember your hero Beto O'Rouke) and that fits the description of a "thief of the night".


dmilroy

"You support taking away 2nd Amendment Rights from law bidding citizens (remember your hero Beto O'Rouke) and that fits the description of a "thief of the night"." Mr. Johnson, you know gun regulations don't violate the 2nd Amendment. Like me, you support current gun laws. The only person to refer to Beto O'Rouke as a hero is you. 1 though 4 of your solutions are better enforcement of existing laws and rules. 5 & 6 are more accountability. 7 is new law. I agree with all your recommendations but they are not enough for example: enforcing domestic violence protection orders and stalking protection orders does take firearms away from the those who represents a danger to himself or others. Also if there are not universal background checks the most up-to-date, accurate databases cannot prevent dangerously mentally ill people or violent people from legally buying firearms. Mandatory detention for violent crimes makes sense. We can reduce gun violence.


DLJohnson

dmilroy: I do not have a problem with steps that will reduce access to firearms to criminals, the mentally ill and those who use violence as a problem solver for what is going on in their life. I do have a problem with your steps of throwing a wide net that negatively affects everyone. Why must your steps affect people who have done nothing wrong and who are responsible citizens?







#7 does not necessarily indicate a new law. Current laws could be amended to reflect the changing rise of violence in society and how removal and and short detention allows for a cooling off period from the environment and the conditions causing the violence.







At some point we must quit accepting the B.S. excuses people use to try to justify their behavior and hold them accountable for that behavior. We must target those who are doing wrong and leave alone those who are not doing anything wrong. We have to quit seeing the "other side" as an adversary and start acting like teammates trying to solve a problem.


DLJohnson

dmilroy: You write: " I agree with all your recommendations but they are not enough for example: enforcing domestic violence protection orders and stalking protection orders does take firearms away from the those who represents a danger to himself or others".







Your comment is not accurate. South Dakota allows the following under Domestic Violation Protection Orders: 25-10-24. Surrender of weapon or concealed pistol permit. The court may require the defendant to surrender any dangerous weapon or any concealed pistol permit issued under 23-7 in the defendant's possession to local law enforcement. The Stalking Protection Orders seems to lack this provision. However, it falls on the Court to require the weapons surrendered in its order.





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