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Despite outcry over mass shootings, don’t look to Republicans for meaningful gun safety measures

The National Rifle Association might be losing money and its stranglehold on political influence, but it’s still got a toehold in the White House. And that means its $30 million investment to back the 2016 election of Donald Trump is paying off. No matter how incensed and grieving the public is after the recent mass […]

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The NRA is falling apart, one bad shot at a time

The National Rifle Association is facing several self-made crises all at once, and it couldn’t happen to an organization that deserves it more. Consider: Its finances are a mess. The group is losing both members and revenue. At the end of 2018, the NRA reported losing $55 million in revenue. Gun sales are continuing their […]

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How deep are ties between Russia and the GOP?

Recent events have driven home the point that Russian influence in American Republican politics is more prevalent than previously thought. The examples are numerous — and very serious: Donald Trump’s rejection of the conclusion of U.S. intelligence services about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial […]

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Not just NRA money: How the gun industry avoids regulation

The aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 and injured nearly 500 people attending a country music festival spurred the same partisan divide as any other horrific mass shooting. Republicans trot out the tired “too soon” memes while repeating talking points supplied by the National Rifle Association. Democrats try — usually in vain […]

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Hillary Clinton gambles on gun control

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton apparently has decided that the shooting at an Oregon community college that killed nine people is the last straw, and she’s proposing several measures to combat gun violence. The proposals — to institute universal background checks and to close the gun show and internet sales loopholes, among others — […]

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