By: Teresa Mull
The gun control lobby is throwing big bucks toward its mission of stripping you of your Second Amendment rights.
According to the independent research group OpenSecrets.org, gun control groups Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety are spending more now in lobbying their anti-gun policies than they did at this time last year.
The good news is that pro-gun groups are spending more.
Spending on gun control lobbying surged about 21 percent from January through March, compared with the same period in 2020, to $630,000. Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit largely funded and co-launched by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, topped the list of industry lobbyist spenders for the 10th year in a row with $380,000. Gun control group Giffords came in second with $150,000.
As Joe Biden threatens to (courtesy of the National Association for Gun Rights [NAGR]): outlaw the American tradition of home-crafted firearms without government permission, ban commonly-owned pistols that incorporate stabilizing braces, a harmless accessory that makes a gun safer and easier to shoot, and direct the Justice Department to force its authority by drafting a model “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation bill and pressuring state governments to comply, among other things, pro-gun groups are pushing back.
Despite Biden’s show of bipartisanship, pro-gun groups have remained resolute in opposing the president’s requests for support. Lobbying spending on gun rights totaled about $2.7 million in the first quarter, marking a slight decline from approximately $2.8 million in the same period the year before. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a national trade association for the firearms industry, rang in as the top client with approximately $1 million spent.
The panic spending of Gun Control Inc. is telling of the un-American groups’ fear that Biden won’t be able to do all the anti-gun things he promised during his campaign. As GPM reported recently, polling shows Americans, both young and old, are less pro-gun control now than they have been in recent years.
What’s more, Americans, many of them first-time gun buyers, are exercising their rights to keep and bear arms now more than ever, smashing gun sale records month after month.
We’re also seeing more states and municipalities stand up for themselves, adopting Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions and passing pro-gun bills, such as Constitutional Carry, into law.
The gun control lobby may have money to burn, but it’s no match for a freedom-loving, determined, educated population of patriots.
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.