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National Rifle Assn

June 7, 1990
Founded: In 1871 by former Union Army officers, with its main focus on marksmanship, hunting and safety. Current mission is "to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of individual, law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms." Membership: 2.8 million members in 1989. Annual dues are $25. Budget: $87.5 million in 1989. Included $19.7 million for federal and local lobbying.
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a full-throated defense of gun ownership Friday, telling a National Rifle Assn. audience that firearms are central to achieving the American Dream. The dream, Rubio said, is not just a measure of financial prosperity but the ability to raise a family in a home that is stable, safe and secure. That, in turn, rests on the ability to possess a firearm for self-protection, the lawmaker said. “The safety of our families is not something people should hope government can provide,” Rubio told delegates to the NRA's annual convention, held this year in Indianapolis.
November 24, 1991
Harlon B. Carter, 78, who helped turn the National Rifle Assn. into one of the nation's most influential lobbying groups. He served as the NRA's chief executive officer and executive vice president from 1977 to 1985. During that period, the organization's membership grew from about 1 million to more than 3 million. Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, said Carter "was our champion and fiercest warrior."
April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
The National Rifle Assn. is preparing to kick off its annual convention Friday in Indianapolis, where it will mix politics with advocacy for 2nd Amendment issues, including one of its longtime goals: a national reciprocity law that would allow gun owners to carry licensed weapons across state lines. Efforts to pass such a law have failed in the past. That it is on the agenda less than two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is evidence of the NRA's resilience as well as its ability to bounce back from a low point.
December 9, 1995
Thomas Washington, 58, who had been president of the National Rifle Assn. for the last two years. A staunch defender of the constitutional right to bear arms, Washington was also executive director for two decades of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, promoting fishing, hunting, firearms and conservation interests. His tenure as head of the NRA was marked by increasing political controversy.
March 14, 1993 | Associated Press
The National Rifle Assn., recently hurt by a major legislative loss and an embarrassment to its lobbying effort, lost nearly $30 million last year, according to a published report. The 3-million-member organization posted a $29.8-million operating loss in the first 11 months of 1992, according to a treasurer's summary reported in last week's National Journal, a Washington newsmagazine.
January 3, 2013 | By Jennifer Carlson
Far from the halls of Congress, the press conferences and the TV talk shows, there is a different kind of gun politics happening in America. It isn't about which gun to ban or what the 2nd Amendment "really" means. Instead, it is about everyday fears and risks, both real and imagined, and the very personal decision to carry a gun for self-protection. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are at least 8 million Americans licensed to carry a concealed gun today.
July 25, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
NEW ORLEANS -- President Obama vowed Wednesday night to “leave no stone unturned” in seeking ways to curb the growing challenge of violence in American cities, including reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. The president offered his most extensive comments in some time on the issue of gun control in a speech to the National Urban League, which came at the end of a four-day trip that began in Colorado, where he met with victims of the movie theater shooting that claimed a dozen lives.
Barack Obama wanted to talk about the economy Friday as he campaigned in Pennsylvania, especially in light of that morning's government report showing unemployment increasing to 6.1% in August. But at least one person wanted to talk instead about gun rights -- an issue Obama can't seem to avoid in the Keystone State. It was an issue that plagued him during the primaries because of his comment about "bitter" small-town Americans who "cling" to guns. And campaigning Friday near Scranton, the Democrat was asked whether -- as some foes keep insisting -- he would take guns away if elected president.
January 30, 2013 | By Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - "Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important," former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords told her onetime colleagues. "Violence is a big problem. Too many children are dying. Too many children. We must do something. "It would be hard, but the time is now. You must act. " Her words, read from a single, handwritten page, were among the camera-ready scenes as the Senate began hearings on gun control Wednesday, in a charged atmosphere with each side reaching for emotional force.
March 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Fifteen months ago, as the nation recoiled in horror from the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a mentally ill man armed with three semiautomatic weapons, there were firm proclamations that this time would be different. The violence at that Newtown, Conn., elementary school, it was said, would finally lead the nation to come together and embrace some reasonable gun control laws. Well, that didn't last long. If anything, the national gun frenzy, fueled by the irresponsible lobbyists at the National Rifle Assn., has intensified.
March 25, 2014
Re "NRA's latest target," Editorial, March 23 The Times believes that the "gun lobby's skewed view of the world" is responsible for the opposition in the Senate and by the National Rifle Assn. to Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy's nomination to be the next U.S. surgeon general. Certainly, Murthy - as well as myself, a former Navy medical officer and an NRA member - understand that guns kill people everywhere. But we do live in a free country, and though I disagree with the NRA on this particular point, I believe the "far too powerful gun lobby" has just as much right to speak as those who have the same right to listen and agree or disagree.
March 21, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - In recent years, the National Rifle Assn. has stepped into fights over judicial nominees it views as weak on 2nd Amendment rights, but its decision to oppose a surgeon general nominee takes the powerful lobby into new territory, expanding its campaign to a post that has no direct power to regulate guns. President Obama's nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, a Massachusetts internist and former emergency room doctor, has called for more stringent gun laws. But he also testified at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he would not use the surgeon general's office as a bully pulpit to push for them.
December 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington. Political groups seeking to counter the influence of the National Rifle Assn. and others in the gun lobby hope to score some victories in next year's midterm election. But they are setting modest goals.
September 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NBC Sports Network is facing a flurry of criticism over an episode of the outdoor sports program "Under Wild Skies" in which a National Rifle Assn. strategist shoots and kills an African elephant. In the episode, which aired Sunday night (a highlight reel is posted above), host Tony Makris and a guide stalk an elephant in the Okavango Delta of Botswana -- "a mecca for elephant hunting," according to a narrator. Makris boasts of his "positively lethal" rifle and the .577 ammunition ("made to kill ivory")
September 21, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Kansas professor was put on administrative leave Friday after a tweet he sent earlier in the week that blamed the Navy Yard shooting on the National Rifle Assn. Announcing her decision to put University of Kansas journalism professor David Guth on indefinite leave, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement that she sought “to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students.” The controversy over the longtime professor's tweet began Monday after news broke on the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., that left 13 dead, including the gunman, Aaron Alexis.
October 8, 1997
If the National Rifle Assn. is so "powerful," why are there over 20,000 gun laws in America? GENE COCHRAN Los Angeles
September 11, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For a time after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it seemed as if the politics of gun control might shift dramatically in favor of tougher restrictions. But less than a year after December's shooting deaths in Newtown, Conn., it appears that outside a few Democratic-leaning states, expansive gun control is no more politically tenable now than it was before the 26 students and staff members died. The recall Tuesday of two Colorado senators, targeted because they voted to strengthen the state's gun restrictions, was just the latest setback for those seeking to reduce gun violence by making firearms less available.
September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
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