The NRA has also pushed laws to make it illegal to publish the names
and addresses of gun owners even though the information is considered in
the public domain like real estate transfers. Guns make them so
safe–owners don’t want anyone to know they have them. What will the
neighbors think? What if bad guys break in and steal them? Maybe they
need more guns to protect their guns.
Of course the NRA’s favorite law is the 2005 Protection of Lawful
Commerce in Arms Act which gives gun makers, gun dealers and trade
groups complete legal immunity from negligence and product liability
lawsuits. Passed after Columbine and Red Lake, but before Virginia Tech,
Tucson, Aurora and Newtown, maybe the gun lobby knew what was coming.