Gun control advocates like to proclaim that the National Rifle Association doesn’t represent gun owners. Or the majority of gun owners. This despite the fact that America’s oldest civil rights organization has at least five million dues-paying members (how many pay dues to MDA, Shannon?). At the same time, the antis like to label the NRA as the leader of the “gun lobby”: an unholy not-to-say secret alliance between the NRA and gunmakers, whose only goal . . .
is to SELL MORE GUNS! GUNS EVERYWHERE! LOOK! THERE’S A GUN! THERE TOO! Ahem.
The gun industry does contribute millions to the NRA. But what do you reckon? Who calls the tune? Does it even matter? Aren’t gun owners and gun makers’ political interests perfectly aligned?