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Who Says The NRA Hates Regulation? Look at the Laws It Likes!

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 The NRA hates the government's jackbooted agents and loves to whip up its wild-eyed prepper population. Yet the NRA has quietly enacted a lot of regulations of its own which it relies on the same government jackbooted agents to enforce. Who can say hypocrite?

+ The NRA has embargoed government agencies from analyzing gun data. The true toll of gun violence on society is an unknown--and the NRA likes it that way. "None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control," says language added to the CDC appropriations bill in 1996.   (What does gun control have to do with injury prevention?) Two years later, the language was added for all HHS agencies including for the NIH.

+ The gun lobby's Tiahrt Amendment restricts law enforcement officials from fully accessing and using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) gun trace data. Clerks at the ATF literally write records by hand, circa 1950, because the gun lobby says an automated database would "pose a threat to the Second Amendment." Let's get those bad guys.

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+ The NRA has blocked technology to produce "smart guns" that only operate in their owners' possession, like smart cars. It similarly blocks initiatives for microstamping, a technique which would require handguns to leave a tiny identifying imprint on the casing of every round fired. It will no doubt block GPS Devices on firearms, if it hasn't already done so. Let's get those bad guys.

+ The NRA actually got a program passed to help people whose gun purchasing rights were revoked petition for them to be restored . "Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights," said a chilling New York Times report in November of 2011. Why should someone's Second Amendment be abridged just because they're a violent criminal?

+ Even though the NRA got laws passed that make it legal for employees to bring their guns to work and leave them in the company parking lot, that is not enough. Now the rapacious NRA has made it illegal in some states for employers to even ask if the employee brought a gun to work! Even if a dispute is brewing. Let's hear it for workplace shootings.

+ In similar micro-managing behavioral legislation, the NRA is trying to make it illegal for doctors to ask patients if they have guns in the home. It's none of their business, says the NRA though it will probably permit doctors to stitch together victims of home accidents from the guns they can't ask about.

+ Thanks to NRA lobbying, gun manufacturers cannot be sued.   Unlike Big Tobacco or Big Pharma, the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act gives gun makers, gun dealers and trade groups immunity from negligence and product liability lawsuits! Did the lobbyists see Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora and Newtown coming? END

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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