With all the fear mongering by Republicans, right wing media and the National Rifle Association (NRA) on reasons why our nation should not have a national background check system for gun buyers, even with 90 percent of the nation in favor of it, the NRA said no, and every Republican in the Senate and even a few Democrats voted in favor of the NRA and against the demands of our nations citizens.
Their biggest fear they said was that a national database of gun owners would be created. Even though the legislation for the national background checks had specific wording that would prevent a national database.
As it turns out, not only did our nation’s citizens get played by our Republican politicians, those same politicians were played by the NRA.
A national database of gun owners and gun buyers does exist, and it’s not in the hands of our government, it is in the hands of an even more corrupt group of people. The very same people who control many of our politicians, the National Rifle Association (NRA). And the database was all put together without the consent of its members both past and present, or potential gun buyers.
But it’s not just a detailed list of NRA gun owners and their guns, the NRA has been gathering information on gun owners for years from many sources. And it's theirs to use how they want, and sell the information to whoever they want, without your consent.
Buzz Feeds Steve Friess reported yesterday on the NRA’s massive data base of gun owners and how they gathered the detailed information:
“It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself. The country’s largest privately held database of current, former, and prospective gun owners is one of the powerful lobby's secret weapons, expanding its influence well beyond its estimated 3 million members and bolstering its political supremacy.”
“That database has been built through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors and by buying lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazines and more, BuzzFeed has learned.”
“The result: a Big Data powerhouse that deploys the same high-tech tactics all year round that the vaunted Obama campaign used to win two presidential elections.”
Almost everyone in our nation wanted those national background checks, but because the National Rifle Association came out against it, it no longer mattered what the people wanted, the NRA had spoken.
The NRA represents the gun industry, not its member or anyone else. When they say jump, our politicians say how high.
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