After every shooting (outside of Chicago, anyway) the National Rifle Association (NRA) is always enemy #1 for gun control activists. They are constantly blamed and maligned for being the root cause of gun violence in America. Despite training more people on proper gun safety than any other organization in the world, their lobbying activities make them a terrorist organization to the eyes of the left.
Take for instance this article from Rolling Stone after the Orlando Pulse Nightclub attack in which they argue:
“The greatest threat to our homeland security today is the National Rifle Association, a front group for the firearms industry that derails gun-safety measures and perversely profits with each new mass shooting.
“Make no mistake: The NRA paved the way for the Orlando attack, during which Omar Mateen killed at least 49 people.”
And the onslaught from celebrities is always in full force:
The recent NRA ads and videos have all been about arming up to be on defense or offense to protect from fearful feelings-
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 4, 2017
Nancy Sinatra once called for the execution of NRA members.
MoveOn.org and the New York Daily News have called for the NRA to be labeled a terrorist organization.
Charley James, a member of the L.A. Progressive once said, “Every time you see an NRA member, remind them they belong to a terrorist organization that has the blood of tens of thousands of Americans and Mexicans on their hands.”
So it seems to the left, the NRA is directly responsible for gun violence. So how many NRA members have been responsible for these horrific mass shootings? It must be in the dozens, at least, based on the hatred spewed at them by the left. Right? Well, no.
The actual number is zero. There have been no NRA members that have committed mass shootings in the past half-century. Furthermore, many mass shooters actually hold anti-NRA views:
Out of all mass shooters of the past half-century, none was an NRA member and the majority were affiliated with an anti-NRA political party. https://t.co/BmftoRZ0Y3
— Stephen Herreid (@StephenHerreid) November 5, 2017
“Based on the arbitrary definition of a shooting involving at least four deaths, there had been 130 mass shootings in the United States as of June 6, 2017, going back over the last 51 years. (This does not include gang killings, killings that began as other crimes such as robberies, and killings that involved only the shooter’s family.)
“Information about how the guns were obtained is incomplete, but 248 different guns were used, at least 141 of which were obtained legally and at least 39 of which were obtained illegally; handguns were the most common weapons used, usually more than one, each of which takes about two seconds to reload, making limited magazines (commonly incorrectly referred to as “clips”) a minor inconvenience. None of the shooters were known to be members of the NRA.
“Worthy of note is that the victims of mass shootings constitute less than one half of one percent of shooting deaths. While tragic and newsworthy, such deaths are not statistically significant.“
There is also no evidence to suggest that the Texas church massacre shooter was a member of the NRA.
So now you know.