Shameful and outrageous is indeed the right way to describe this.
In a shameful and outrageous move, the NRA has pressured the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to exempt it -- and apparently only it -- from proposed legislation that would require corporations, unions, and advocacy and lobbying groups to reveal donations used to support political campaigns.
Under H.R. 5175, every other group or corporation would have to report the names of people who donate at least $600 to expenditures directed at or available for election activities. Every. Other. Group -- such as the Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Gun Owners of America, the National Right-to-Life Committee, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Every group -- except the NRA.
To the NRA bosses, it's not just "the guys with the guns make the rules," but the guys with the undisclosed money sources make the rules -- particularly when everybody else's donors have to be disclosed. It's no longer just guns that they say will have to be pried from their "cold dead hands." It's their donor lists, too.
What's your opinion? Is the NRA getting away with too much? If the right to bear arms is such a wholesome and decent thing, why do its proponents have to resort to underhanded tactics to protect it? Why do gun advocates so often demand secrecy, no lists, no registration, no disclosure of any kind, the destruction of records is mandated by law, for crying out loud.
If guns are so good, wouldn't it work both ways? Wouldn't transparency and disclosure work in favor of those named? Wouldn't they be seen as honorable and patriotic? Why all the fear and hiding?
Why wouldn't the donors to the NRA be proud of the fact? Why is it necessary to legislate secrecy if freedom is what we're all seeking?
Does this sound like freedom to you?
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