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When you wonder how the National Rifle Association is going to find a way to excuse away the deaths of dozens of school children, you find out things like this.  It turns out that the sister organization to the NRA, The National Shooting Sports Foundation, is located right across the street from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The gun lobby has strongly increased the number of resources being used to buy the love of your favorite politicians.  Spending rose from $100,000 in 2008 to $500,000 this year.  The NRA spent a full $2.2 million dollars.  Patrick Rothwell, the Director of Government Relations for the group, spent three years as chief of staff to the House Republican Policy Committee. The group brings in $26 million per year, with much of that money going toward shooting education programs, range management grants, and firearms research.  They also hold a large trade show in Las Vegas. The NSSF posted this statement on its website after the recent school shooting: “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of this horrible tragedy in our community. Out of respect for the families, the community and the ongoing police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment or participate in media requests at this time.”  

Second-Most Powerful Gun Lobby in the US is Within Walking Distance of Sandy Hook Elementary School

When you wonder how the National Rifle Association is going to find a way to excuse away the deaths of dozens of school children, you find out things like this.  It turns out that the sister organization to the NRA, The National Shooting Sports Foundation, is located right across the street from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The gun lobby has strongly increased the number of resources being used to buy the love of your favorite politicians.  Spending rose from $100,000 in 2008 to $500,000 this year.  The NRA spent a full $2.2 million dollars.  Patrick Rothwell, the Director of Government Relations for the group, spent three years as chief of staff to the House Republican Policy Committee.

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