He wouldn't bite the hand that feeds.I'm sure Trump has courted the NRA. However, is he known to be very pro guns?
The politically powerful National Rifle Association reported spending $55 million on the 2016 elections, $30 million alone supporting President Donald Trump’s candidacy. That’s about three times what it spent in 2012 on the candidacy of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Actually, the amount that the group spent probably is much larger than that because it is not required to report spending on internet ads or campaign operations.
Much of the campaign money was distributed through an NRA fundraising adjunct that, under federal law, does not have to identify its donors.
Meanwhile, multiple news organizations have reported that the FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with close ties to the Kremlin and the NRA funneled money to the NRA to help support Trump’s candidacy.
18th this year? And we are only in February. Is there no real pressure on government (state and federal) to take a serious look at this problem? Or is the NRA *that* powerful?According to the Guardian this is the 18th, eighteenth FFS! school shooting this year. That must mean there's been at least two a week on average. And still they can't see the link between easy access to guns and the number of people being shot.
<edit>Blush - don't actually give "the" link to the biggliest more largiest enormously increased number
Fucking hell. And it just makes me think about statistics around domestic violence shootings in the US (which are horrendous) - and how 54% of mass shootings involve the killing of a current or former partner or family member as well as other victims.The NRA re-tweeted this this morning for "Valentines Day." I know it was before the shooting today, but the fact this is so normalised gives me cold chills.
That is too awful to think about. The Guardian figure claimed 18 school shootings, putting that alongside all shootings... I can't find words to express how sickening this is.
Cultural thing though innit? There's several countries I can think of off the top of my head that have legal gun ownership where quite a high population own them but don't go blowing each other away every five minutes. I expect there's better controls than America though.I just don't know what to say about this any more. It's all the bloody time and yet they still can't face the fact that if people didn't have guns, they couldn't go around shooting each other.
What's the situation there with machine guns? If machine guns are hard to get hold of then mass murders are far less likely to happen. That's the main issue in the US. Personally I've no big problem with owning a hand gun, but when nut jobs can easily get hold of high-power rapid fire weapons - and in some cases lots of them - that obviously makes these massacres possible. And inevitable.As I was blasting away on a gun range in South Africa I wondered why they don't get the gun massacres the US does (aside from the state sanctioned ones involving miners.) High gun murder rate like the US but not the gun massacres like the US.
The USA is a world-dominating superpower in a precarious position. No other country has that plus the legacy of slavery on its own soil.Cultural thing though innit? There's several countries I can think of off the top of my head that have legal gun ownership where quite a high population own them but don't go blowing each other away every five minutes. I expect there's better controls than America though.