If there was any doubt that the NRA is a terrorist organization, their spokesman is now openly threatening Americans.
If Dana Loesch was a Muslim who addressed America with “your time is running out,” we’d be bombing a Middle Eastern country in retaliation by now. https://t.co/RQR0uYNyWT
Ã¢ÂÂ Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) March 5, 2018
On the night of the Oscars, Dana Loesch, failed actress and current spokeswoman for the front group of the multibillion dollar gun industry (the NRA), attacked hollywood and the media for “undermining what our flag represents” by “using their first amendment right.” The wannabe actress Loesch appeared in a cheesy, low budget video to perform some good old fashioned, nationalistic fear mongering.
Ã¢ÂÂTo every lying member of the media, to every Hollywood phony, to the role model athletes who use their free speech to alter and undermine what our flag representsÃ¢ÂÂ¦Your Time is running out. The clock starts now.”
Ã¢ÂÂ@DLoesch #Oscars90 pic.twitter.com/SDVjeTxyfB
Ã¢ÂÂ NRATV (@NRATV) March 4, 2018
Ã¢ÂÂ David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 5, 2018
The hourglass + threat combo is just a weird way to make yourself seem sympathetic pic.twitter.com/CWKrujrJsr
Ã¢ÂÂ Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 5, 2018
Ã¢ÂÂ rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) March 5, 2018
U.S. has one of the highest rates of civilian gun ownership and one of the highest rates of firearm-related deaths per capita across developed countries around the world.
What’s more, a growing body of research suggests that simply owning a gun is correlated with an increased likelihood that you’ll be a victim of violence. A study published in 2014 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who live in homes with firearms are over three times as likely to die from suicide and two times as likely to be a victim of homicide as those who don’t have access to firearms. The study analyzed the results of 16 other studies and found that in all but one, access to guns was linked to a higher probability of murder or suicide. In another study published in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior, two Harvard researchers conducted a review of 26 studies on gun availability and homicide in multiple countries and found that most of them “are consistent with the hypothesis that higher levels of gun prevalence substantially increase the homicide rate.”
Despite these costs, the NRA and the gun violence profiteers they represent are winning and not because their fear mongering tactics are actually working.
A majority of americans support gun safety laws. The NRA’s efforts have been successful due to the fact the gun industry pours millions of dark money into the coffers of Republican politicians to safeguard their bottom line.
Annual revenue of gun and ammunition manufacturing industry, with a $1.5 billion profit. (IBIS World)
Annual revenue of gun and ammunition stores, with a $478.4 million profit. (IBIS World)
The number of pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and miscellaneous firearms manufactured in the U.S. in 2013, the latest full year available. That’s 4,441,726 pistols, 725,282 revolvers, 3,979,570 rifles, 1,203,072 shotguns, and 495,142 miscellaneous firearms. (ATF)
And it’ s not just profits…
Hundreds of new state gun laws have passed in the five years since the Newtown massacre, and most expand access.
Then there are the costs that the available research doesn’t capture at all. What about the trauma to entire communities, whether from mass shootings or chronic street violence? What about the steep societal cost of fear, which stunts economic development and provokes major spending on security and prevention? “This is what big-city mayors worry about,” says Duke University economist Philip Cook, who coauthored a study 16 years ago that asked people how much they’d be willing to pay to reduce gun violence where they live. “How can Camden get out of the profound slump it’s in?