The Deadly Source of “Stand Your Ground” Laws


Stand Your Ground's Deadly SourceThe National Rifle Association’s opposition to the regulation of firearms isn’t only guided by the staunch position to protect the “constitutional rights” of gun owners. The NRA has received tens of millions of dollars from the firearms industry since 2005, which it in turn has used to lobby against even the most common-sense gun laws. GOP pollster Frank Luntz found that 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support criminal background checks to qualify for purchasing a gun, yet the NRA continues to lobby against mandatory federal background checks, suggesting it has more than just its constituents’ interests in mind. The NRA has also been using campaign donations and lobbying to promote state legislation, such as Florida’s 2005 “shoot first” Stand Your Ground Law, which has now been adopted by half of the country.  All of this contributes to a legal environment where both ownership and the size of the firearms economy are as widespread and large-scale as possible, and the ability to use deadly force is given to any citizen who purchases a gun.

3 thoughts on “The Deadly Source of “Stand Your Ground” Laws

  1. The drugs companies make something like 100x the profits of the personal firearms industry. Maybe you ought to look at their influence in buying legislators? Wonder why more work hasn’t been done on how many psychoactive drugs might lead to violent ideation? But no, a lot easier to blame guns than the plethora of psychoactive drugs we are now prescribing to a huge number of children.

    The truth is that the NRA is powerful because of the millions of its members and other people who aren’t members, but listen to the NRA. I am one of them and make no apologies for that.


    1. What does any of this have to do with the point of the article? The majority of people in America want a background check.done before someone purchases a gun and the gun manufacturers spend millions lobbying against the checks. Background checks make logical sense. Along with if your gun is used to shoot a family member or anyone else by accident due to your negligence you should be charged with being an accomplice to a murder/attempted murder. Also, anyone who has weapons in their house should be required to carry insurance (like for pit bulls) so anyone who is killed or injured because of a gun owners negligence they or their surviving family members will be compensated. You want to own a gun? More power to ya. If it is used negligently, there should be personal accountability.And background checks are a no brainer.

  2. A pro-gun organisation supporting pro-gun law, how insane. It must be fascinating to live in your world where the NRA wants to kill everyone and isn’t just a pro-gun organisation. Further more, is it a surprise that the easiest target to go for is the NRA instead of the actual problem.

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