Why The NRA Must Be Disbanded
OPINION 10/06/2039 11:49 PM ET
Why The NRA Must Be Disbanded

Barn Kingoffer
President, Gun Victims Association of America

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The NRA doesn't mind if guns like these are purchased and used to kill children.
In the wake of yet another shooting, this time at a high school in Custille IN, the usual drama played out on the usual stages by the usual actors.

Democratic Congresswomen and men, Senators and Governors called for tighter regulation of the sale of guns, and Republicans and the NRA vowed to fight any reform.

On the grounds of John G. Harold High School, where 18 students and five teachers lost their lives, blood is splattered on walls, ceilings, books, bathroom sinks, and whiteboards.

Enough is enough.

It's time to disband the NRA.

This is not an easy proposition and we can count on the fiercest fight. But if handled properly, this could be the signature accomplishment of the Stader Presidency.

What's true is this: the NRA has become the principal means for getting more guns into society. Guns kill people. More Americans are dying by the bullet than ever before.

Last year there were 18,962 homicides by gun. In 2032, there were 18,431. In 2031, there were 17,429.

The statistics for suicides by gun and accidental gun deaths add to an even more tragic case. As do the roughly 100,000 injuries caused by guns each year for the past five years, many of which leave people permanently disabled and/or disfigured.

The NRA profits off these numbers. Last year, its total revenues were $780 million. Its lobbying efforts killed five pieces of state legislation designed to introduce background checks. And it has successfully defeated attempts to regulate the new personal railgun (PRG) in sixteen states.

This is an organization whose sole purpose is to profit from the deaths of non-white people. It is committed to furthering its profits at the expense of even the most remote attempts to regulate gun sales and ownership.

Critics of gun regulation - any gun regulation - point to the almighty Second Amendment as proof that the right to own a gun is absolute and cannot be challenged.

I have been working with victims of gun-related violence for twenty years, and I can assure you that this view is not held by a majority of the population, especially those who have had bullets fired into their bodies. The organization I serve is spearheading legislation - with the help of the National Civil Rights Agency - to declare gun deaths a civil rights violation.

Think this isn't a civil rights issue? Think again. Last year, 15,380 of the 18,962 gun homicides were inflicted upon the non-white population. That's 81%. This not only can be framed as a civil rights issue, it should be.

The Gun Victims Association of America, along with many other organizations in the civil rights community, has been working closely with the Southern Poverty Law Center to build a case for federal legislation outlawing hate groups. Our aim is to see a bill signed into law in two to three years expressly prohibiting the kind of hateful outcomes organizations such as the NRA advocate.

If the Ku Klux Klan, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Organization for American Religious Rights can be labelled as hate groups, why not their ideological brothers, the NRA?

Since Democrats now own the House and the Senate, there's no reason why gun hate needs to be a necessary component of American society anymore.
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