The NRA must be held accountable for decades of directly contributing to America’s gun violence epidemic.
As New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed, the NRA is "a breeding ground for greed, abuse, and brazen illegality." But the NRA's corruption isn't confined to the millions of tax-exempt nonprofit funds it spent on Wayne LaPierre's Italian designer suits, lavish yacht trips, or private flights to the Bahamas.
It's much more nefarious than that: The NRA's corruption is at the expense of American lives.
The NRA spends millions of dollars paying off politicians to block lifesaving gun laws. They even tried to stop the Brady Bill from passing.
After Jim Brady was shot in the head and partially paralyzed in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan, he and his wife, Sarah, made it their mission to defeat the NRA. They were determined to spend the rest of their lives protecting others from gun violence. As gun owners and lifelong Republicans, they realized in fighting to pass the Brady Bill that the NRA didn't represent them.
The majority of Americans support stronger gun laws — laws that are proven to prevent deaths. But during the first half of 2019 alone, the NRA spent $1.6 million lobbying Congress against passing gun safety legislation. They've paid off Donald Trump, who they spent $30 million to elect in 2016. To date, Mitch McConnell has pocketed $1.2 million in NRA campaign contributions. While McConnell and Trump continue to accept NRA donations, 100 people in America are killed with guns each day. They are padding their pockets while Americans die.