Sunday, December 16, 2012

Second biggest US gun lobby, NSSF, is a couple miles from Sandy Hook school massacre, and isn't talking to press

Like the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting
Sports Foundation (lower left in this map of Newton, CT)
is stonewalling press inquiries about this week's assault
rifle massacre at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School
(top right)
From Time:
The NSSF [National Shooting Sports Foundation] helps write firearms safety and instruction standards and promotes shooting sports, such as hunting, skeet and trap, and target shooting. But the organization is also a powerful lobby that advocates for specific positions on gun control issues. They have faced off against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to crack down on guns in New York City, have made the case that banning high-capacity magazines is an ineffective policy and have published fact sheets arguing that the term “assault weapon” is an erroneous term for a semi-automatic modern sporting rifle.
“The term ‘assault weapon’ was conjured up by anti-gun legislators to scare voters into thinking these firearms are something out of a horror movie,” the NSSF wrote in its fact sheet. “In fact, the Colt AR-15 and Springfield M1A, both labeled ‘assault weapons,’ are the rifles most often used for marksmanship competitions in the United States. And their cartridges are standard hunting calibers, useful for game up to and including deer.”

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