To the Editor:
In “All the President’s Men,” the story of Bob Woodward’s and Carl Bernstein’s unraveling of the Watergate scandal, an informant advises the investigative reporters to follow the money. We would be wise to go down that path as we grapple with our nation’s obsession with guns.
The National Rifle Association has transitioned from an organization serving the interests of hunters and sportsmen to a bought-and-paid-for lobbying arm of the gun industry. The fear-mongering and the intimidation of elected officials have a clear purpose: Profits for the manufacturers and merchandizers of weaponry.
NRA spokespeople scream, “The government is going to take your guns!” and there is an immediate spike in firearms sales.
Money flows to businesses dealing in guns and ammunition and a portion finds its way back to the NRA for their nefarious purposes.
With urbanization there is a shrinking market for hunting rifles and shotguns, so the National Rifle Association has changed its focus. Economic opportunity for the gun industry and the NRA now depends on weapons designed to efficiently kill people. Follow the money.