Monday, 10 December, 2018

Gun-related injuries decrease during NRA conventions, study finds

Nellie Chapman | 04 March, 2018, 01:26

FedEx has never provided any donation or sponsorship to the NRA which is one of hundreds of alliance and association participants that serve more than one million customers. Among those sharing the message was David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the February 14 attack that resulted in the deaths of 14 students and three teachers.

"These findings are consistent with reductions in firearm injuries occurring as a result of lower rates of firearm use during the brief period when many firearm owners and owners of places where firearms are used may be attending an NRA convention", they said.

It should be no surprise that as partisan politics seem to have pervaded our lives, membership in an advocacy group tells you something about someone's partisanship. You know, I was adopted.

Stoking paranoia is the business model of the NRA. Once the furore dies down, they may say little more on gun control. But others say that once the various discounts are gone, there's little benefit to being an NRA member. The shooter was able to buy an assault weapon legally at the age of 18. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., if he will continue to accept money from the NRA during a CNN town hall in Sunrise, Florida.

Gun owners are likelier to vote than people who don't have guns, and those who oppose gun control are likelier to be single-issue voters than gun control proponents. "Gun-free zones" are attacked by sociopathic killers who are generally fatherless, heavily medicated and simply bent on evil to make a name for themselves.

On Monday, FedEx was the latest corporation that was forced to make a statement on their corporate partnership with the NRA since a growing national #BoycottNRA movement began to put pressure on entities that offer certain discounts to NRA members late last week.

If that were the case, the researchers expected that the gun injury rate would hold stable or even rise during NRA conventions, when thousands of very experienced and heavy gun users were holed up in meetings.

Nor is it possible to ever really quit the NRA.

As FedEx has stayed loyal to the NRA, the boycott pressure has only increased.

More than 80 percent of our citizens favor universal background checks. Gun owners are away at the convention, and venues where guns are commonly used - like ranges or hunting grounds - are also temporarily closed while staff are at the convention.

We call it an audacious move by companies to send a strong and resolute message that the senseless bloodshed and gun violence plaguing this nation must stop, and that spineless lawmakers must act now to strengthen gun laws to protect the children and people of this nation, even if it means telling the NRA and its simple-minded supporters to step aside.

Also, in a stunning rebuke to the NRA's bankrupt trope - "All it takes to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" - 59 percent of American voters believe the country would be less safe if more people carried guns.

David Chipman, who served as a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years before becoming a senior policy adviser at gun violence prevention advocacy group Giffords, said there is insufficient training for many armed civilians.

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times.