Who does the National Rifle Association really speak for? The NRA represents deer hunters, self-defense and Second Amendment devotees. But in a very direct way the NRA also represents Bushmaster, Browning, Smith & Wesson, and the rest of the gun industry. Gun makers have donated at least $39 million to the NRA in recent years, and have become deeply enmeshed with the organization.
As a result, the NRA adamantly opposes virtually all restrictions on gun sales ‚Äî even ones that NRA members support, such as requiring background checks at gun shows and banning sales to people on terrorist watch lists.
Gun makers can no longer depend on a shrinking pool of hunters; they need to sell arsenals of powerful weaponry to hard-core gun devotees preparing to fight a tyrannical government.
So when the NRA speaks, it‚Äôs these extremists and their suppliers who are talking, not “your average Joe Six-Shooter.”