AP finds the NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools

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  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    March 12, 2018 4:26 a.m.

    This article shows how serious the NRA is about firearm safety. This piece is full of subtle attacks and jabs at the NRS, asking the organizations if they plan on rejecting such grants in the future. The BSA and JROTC both recognize that the NRA is the premiere firearms safety organization in the world. Nobody puts more time, effort and resources into real firearm safety. From the Eddie the Eagle programs for younger children to active shooting programs and the standard in firearm safety and range safety Officer instructors.

    It took nearly three years for "Everytown for Gun Safety" to actually put any safety training materials up on their site, and their training is basically a very brief paraphrasing of the NRA Eddie the Eagle program.

    And FYI the JROTC went to air-guns for environmental health reasons not safety. Air-guns don't require a range equipped with expensive air filtration systems. But they can still kill if miss-used.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 10, 2018 11:34 p.m.

    The NRA gets its money from member donations. Those donations enable these donations which are not to candidates, office holders, or political parties, but rather to teach gun safety and promote responsible gun use.

    Law-abiding gun owners have donated millions of dollars to teach gun safety, to remove the forbidden fruit aspects of guns, to provide an introduction to a wholesome recreational activity that can last a lifetime and is one of the safest recreational pursuits available.

    What have the gun haters or their favored organizations done?

    Donated money to politics for sure. How much actually donated to teach gun safety? Love 'em or hate 'em, there are 300 million guns in this nation. Sooner or later many kids are going to come across a gun. Yet the gun haters do nothing to teach safety. They just spend money on politics.

    Should we teach safety--as many say we must do with sex education in public schools--or do we simply preach "gun abstinence"?

  • illuminated Kansas City, MO
    March 10, 2018 6:42 p.m.

    I'm proudly signing up as a first time NRA member and an encouraging my family, friends and Co workers to do the same.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 10, 2018 5:09 p.m.

    This is a nice little piece of NRA propaganda.

    I will never forget how, in the days and weeks following Sandy Hook, the NRA robo-called our phone 6 - 8 times each day in their aggressive campaign to raise money, I will never forgive them for their using that tragedy to go on a nationwide sprint for money. They made more money that year than ever before. Unthinkable.

    Any money that goes to schools from the NRA is like money from tobacco companies for 'education' about the horrors of tobacco addiction. Blood money.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 10, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    $7 million doesn't sound like much, does it?

    It's going to take billions to implement the NRA's policy and "harden" those thousands of schools and provide bodyguards for millions of students.

    Armed teacher-bodyguards don't grow on trees, do they?

  • Edmunds Tucker St George, UT
    March 10, 2018 9:32 a.m.

    ''"If the NRA wanted to provide air rifles for our ROTC folks in the future, I wouldn't have a problem with that." Air rifles are b-b guns, as the air rifles use no gun powder. They are similar to sling shots, which use centrifical force. The need is to establish ''free gun zones''. Saint George reported a bomb this week in a high school, which was a ''bomb free zone''. Arm the teachers, arm the principals, arm the parents, and arm the Junior ROTC.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    March 10, 2018 9:25 a.m.

    Interesting that gun deaths have been declining, yet gun ownership has doubled.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    March 10, 2018 8:34 a.m.

    I was glad to read this article. Nowhere did it state that the NRA's purpose with these grants was to "promote guns", though there were multiple references to the JROTC programs and the citizenship they promote, safety, education, etc. These all seem to be responsible activities I would encourage for many reasons, some directly related to the underlying causes of violence in our society, and an appropriate way to counter them.

    In response to the first commentator, there was mention made of the donations to schools for safety purposes, though none specifically for how those were used.

    I wanted to include the NRA's mission statement in this comment, and would have liked to see it included in the article. That would have made considerable sense to do so in the write-up. I was somewhat surprised, when I went to the NRA's website to research it, that they do not have it prominently displayed. I sent them a message encouraging them to do so, I can surmise what it is (no snarky replies needed on this one!), though stating it directly is good policy.

    I am not (yet) an NRA member, though given these types of donations, I might consider such.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2018 11:23 p.m.

    They should have given it for bulletproof glass and metal detectors if they were that concerned about students.