Here’s Who Takes Big Money from the Gun Lobby

Teens For Gun Reform
Demonstration organized by Teens For Gun Reform in Washington DC, in the wake of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Photo credit: Lorie Shaull / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Changing America’s anything-goes gun control laws is now the goal of many high school students across the nation who have banded together under the slogan, #NeverAgain. Chances are they’ll be joined by many of their millennial peers (millennials are the largest generation and voting group in the US) and their parents when they march on Washington on March 24.

The movement was ignited on February 14 in Parkland, Florida, when a disturbed former student shot and killed 17 people, including 14 students. The surviving students’ reactions have been reminiscent of the Divergent Trilogy, where young people living in an autocratic post-dystopian society decide that the rules they inherited are wrong. So they decide to change them.

The articulate young people from Stoneman Douglas High School may have found a voice for America. They’re hurt, but they’re determined, and they’re having an impact.

#BoycottNRA is also working. Some of the companies that are no longer partnering with the NRA include Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Enterprise Holdings (the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo, and National), Symantec, SimpliSafe, First National Bank of Omaha, MetLife, Wyndham Hotel Group, Avis, Hertz, and Best Western hotel group.

In eight short months, Americans will decide who will control Congress and which issues will sway their votes. With the economy and jobs doing well, terrorism has taken the top spot — and that includes mass shootings.

If the Parkland murders — and Las Vegas and Sandy Hook and dozens of other massacres by guns — move the voting needle this year, intractable lawmakers might decide to change their positions about assault weapons and background checks. If it fails, who knows? Maybe the next weapon of choice, protected in some people’s minds by the Second Amendment, will be shoulder-fired missiles.

Editor’s Note: According to Open Secrets, gun rights organizations have given about $42 million over the last 29 years, with almost 90 percent funding Republicans. The NRA has provided nearly half of those funds. But the gun lobby dug deeper during the 2016 election and found $54 million in outside funding. Gun control money over the same period was less robust. $4.3 million went to Democratic candidates, and an additional $8.6 million was provided for gun control initiatives during the 2014 midterms. Furthermore, $5.6 million was spent by Independence USA PAC, backed by Bloomberg, who gave a total of $28 million to outside spending groups during the 2014 election cycle.   


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Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from gun (lifesizepotato / Flickr ) and money (Chris Potter / Flickr – CC BY 2.0).

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13 responses to “Here’s Who Takes Big Money from the Gun Lobby”

  1. Sam Elkhorn says:

    This same chart has appeared in every publication. We rely on WhoWhatWhy for a slightly different take on these things.

  2. Mackenzie says:

    Who What Why recently had an article questioning the 1A (“THE FREE SPEECH WARS: HAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS?”) and they’ve been actively pushing against the 2A for a while now.

    Does anyone else find this to be disturbing?

  3. Mackenzie says:

    Who What Why did investigative journalism into the Boston Marathon bombing but now we’re supposed to just unquestioningly accept the official narrative of all these other events (e.g. Sandy Hook, Parkland, etc) that are being used as the basis for changing/repealing the Bill Of Rights?!

  4. mikey says:

    WWW is pumping out mediocre content like everyone else; it is disappointing; welcome to the intertubez…

    On the other hand, I am not paranoid enough I guess, to think that WWW is pushing an end to the 1st Amendment and/or I’m not “don’t tread on me” enough to think that WWW or anyone else is coming for my Walther PPQ45 or my milspec Mossy500.

    Maybe www and Russ Baker are part of the “Deep State”; creeeeeppyyy….

    • Mackenzie says:

      For the record, I don’t think that the guy who wrote “Family Of Secrets” is “Deep State”. However, I do think this site is falling slippery-slope into that type of agenda. Again, take a step back and look at what is being advocated for. When the Bill of Rights are being called into question, I think it’s time to reassess.

      However, even if people DO want to make such changes, it should be remembered that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. Therefore, it will take a constitutional amendment – rather than “common sense laws” – to amend these powers. These protesting high school students should also use these events as inspiration to brush up on both Civics as well as the American Revolutionary War.

    • drew says:

      You may want to check the “Assault Weapons Ban” bill just introduced in the House. There are over 200 guns they don’t want you to have. No need for paranoia.

    • mikey says:

      Drew, you made me read the actual bill; ok, so here is a partial list of guns banned by name in the actual bill; and they’re all unncessary and only paranoiacs would need them.

      Here is the thing; you 2nd Amendment guys all say ‘no limit’ but you understand the USgov has tanks and drones and nukes ultimately, right?

      Here is the list in the actual bill; the actual text of H.R.5077 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2018:

      it bans:

      – All AK types (I’m cool with that aren’t you? You need AK for home defense or selling dope?)

      – All “tommy guns” aka Thompsons machine guns (really you need a tommygun for home defense?)

      – A bunch of Russian semi and full auto rifles (which is interesting because Trump is owned by a Russsian gun maker that is trying to break into US market)

      – All AR types; which is the whole point; we don’t need this military weapon in civilian hands; all counter-arguments are straw men. Actually, this ain’t even a logical argument based on numbers; it’s a moral argument; I don’t wanna live in a society with AR15s; period.

      – and I like how people come in saying “oh have you looked at the 200 ban list” ??? It bans this military spec drum capacity for civilian use. It should be banned; the question is; have you read it?? and why do you need a drum magazine for home defense?? or hunting??

      – every single gun on that ban list BELONGS there; that’s how I know you’re BS-ing because I looked at a random sample of that list like tec 9s and clones like Krinikov pistols; every single gun belongs on the list and should be banned in a civilized society; now if this was Sarajevo or Moscow …then not so much…

      This is America – we don’t need the paranoia, we are strong as we stand.

  5. mikey says:

    AR15 needs to be banned immediately and a new assault weapons ban is needed now; or after the mid-terms…either way I will bet you my dime that a new assault weapons ban will be coming down the pike;

    Most likely pushed by Cory Booker from NJ and who is not on the official NRA donations list above; but he could still get money from Wall Street firms who own gun manufacturers and we know Booker is Wall Street’s boy, so there is that…

    Either way after Dems take the Senate and possibly the House, a new assault weapons ban will become law of the land in 2019.

    • archer says:

      Absolutely not, we need to ban children getting SSRI’s like they are candy, over 90% of mass shooters are on them, we need law enforcement to be held accountable for letting people known to be a problem like Cruz make terrorist statements and then carry them out. The laws are in place, I’m tired of hearing that people like him “fee through the cracks”.
      The new assault weapons ban goes far beyond AR’s and Ak’s it will not pass.

  6. JT says:

    In theory, ban the 200 semi-autos. Then what do you ban after the next school shooting? Pump action.. Then what do ban after the next shooting? Revolvers? Then what do you ban after the next school shooting? What do you ban if a school shooting is done with a weapon that was banned? Does that mean your ban was worthless? What do you do when the next school killer uses gas and gas cans like the Happy Land Fire? Ban gas and gas cans?

    • mikey says:

      Ban oxygen.

    • Kevin Bullough says:

      Yes, to all. Society works in all facets to “ban” things that prove to be dangerous to the populace. You ban chemicals that are cancerous. You install driving speed limits because facts show that anything over certain amounts are generally dangerous. You regulate how planes can fly, how trains can operate, how industries can function…all because society recognizes that these limitations are necessary to protect (in general) society. Does that mean that every speeder will crash, burn and kill others? No. But you put the laws and regs in place in order to stop the majority of speeders who will kill others. Simple. If you want to live by your own rules, then go live in a cave somewhere. If you want to live in a SOCIETY, then you must accept that there will be limitations in all sorts of areas, for the betterment of the society.