The National Rifle Association represents foreign and domestic gun manufacturers, not responsible American gun owners. Their opposition to any sensible gun safety regulations following the Newtown mass shooting – instead calling for more guns with armed guards in schools — makes it crystal-clear who the NRA really represents.
Despite the NRA’s claims that it is not influenced by gun manufacturers, many of its top donors and board members are from the firearms industry. Could this be why the NRA leadership is ignoring the will of their four million members (out of 90 million gun owners in the U.S.), 74 percent of whom support mandatory background checks, which the NRA opposes?
According to a report in The Huffington Post, since 2005, the NRA has potentially hauled in nearly $40 million from the $12-billion-a-year gun industry.
Two of the NRA’s biggest financial contributors are foreign-owned firearms companies from Italy — Beretta ($1 million to $5 million level) and Benelli ($500,000 to $1 million level).
Here are five of the NRA’s biggest gun industry backers who have contributed $1 million or higher. They include the biggest financial contributor — MidwayUSA, a distributor of high-capacity magazines, but also oil and gas company Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. Other gun industry donors include Beretta USA Corporation, Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, LLC, and Springfield Armory, Inc.
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