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The Washington Post reported that NRA chief lobbyist Wayne LaPierre received a nearly $4 million retirement payout in 2015, even as NRA contributions declined. It’s yet another proof point that what was once an organization of hunters and sportsmen has become a tool of firearm manufacturers intent upon nothing more than selling guns. When there is so much money to be made, it’s no surprise the gun lobby pays handsomely for LaPierre’s work advancing an extremist agenda that allows guns for anyone, anywhere, with no questions asked.
What’s even more concerning about this is that LaPierre has a literal seat at the table in the Trump White House from which to push this agenda:
The NRA spent $30 million to elect President Trump — more than any other outside group — and we know they are expecting a return on their investment. That could include dangerous national concealed carry reciprocity, a loosening of background checks, guns in public schools and deregulation of silencers.
With more than three million supporters nationwide, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are the counterweight to the NRA, and we will fight this agenda every step of the way.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs