nra.org The attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 21 people dead, is the second school tragedy in the United States, only after Sandy Hook, where 26 people were killed on December 14, 2012. And now a shooting in Illinois’ Highland Park, where so far six people have been killed and multiple wounded. This new black chapter in U.S. history puts the spotlight on the responsibility of the National Rifle Association (NRA) , which promotes freedom of gun ownership. Although its leader, Wayne LaPierre, has denied any responsibility for his organization in past shootings and has fervently defended gun ownership. What is it and what is its significance? The NRA emerged in 1871 as a recreational group designed to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” notes the BBC. In 1934 it took its step into politics, when it began to send to its members draft legislation related to facilities for acquiring armaments. It was that same year when he promoted the approval of the National Firearms Act. Years later, in 1968, it achieved a new regulation of the same type that facilitated access to these items. What is its objective? Mainly, it is to promote the freedom to own firearms among civilians, based on a controversial defense of the Second Amendment. The Association attacks any measure that restricts the right to bear arms as an attack on freedom. It also strongly opposes even measures such as attempts to ban the sale of assault […]
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