The recent shooting in Aurora sparks the conversation once again on the National Rifle Association’s powerful lobbyists who render any gun control laws on the back burner in Congress.
The power of this organization is funded by of course larger corporations who manufacture guns, rifles and arms such as the following:
Lock Perfection, Browning, Beretta, Marlin, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Benelli, Springfield Armory USA, Arsenal, Sig Sauer and DPMS Pather Arms. The gun industry does provide the funding for the NRA. (The Violence Policy Center -VPC) The NRA receives millions of dollars, some call “Blood Money” to promote and ensure guns are available to anyone with the money to buy them.
Some Highlights of the VPC Report
Since 2005, corporations—gun related and other—have contributed between $19.8 million and $52.6 million to the NRA as detailed in its Ring of Freedom corporate giving program.1
In a promotional brochure for the program, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre promises that the “National Rifle Association’s newly expanded Corporate Partners Program is an opportunity for corporations to partner with the NRA….
“This program is geared toward your company’s corporate interests.”
The vast majority of funds—74 percent—contributed to the NRA from “corporate partners” are members of the firearms industry: companies involved in the manufacture or sale of firearms or shooting-related products.
Contributions to the NRA from the firearms industry since 2005 total between $14.7 million and $38.9 million“.
VPC -Violence Policy Center is a non-profit educational organization that conducts investigative research for journalists, policy makers, advocates and the public.
Editors Note: These are the funds that we know of in the past, there are more contributions that are most likely hidden and secret, thanks to the Citizen United Bill and for the Disclosure Bill that was defeated days ago in Congress, mostly by politicians who were paid to vote against the bill.
Source: Violence Policy Center