12:55pm May 6, 2013

NRA “Youth Day” Puts Guns in the Hands of Children


Yesterday, the New York Daily News published a story called, You’re Kidding! NRA pushes guns on kids as young as Newtown victims in sick ‘Youth Day.”

In an telling end to the NRA’s three day convention in Houston, the NRA held a “youth day” event that was a clear attempt to ensure that gun buying will continue for generations to come.  Though the National Rifle Association was stared as a group to train Union soldiers for target practice, over the last twenty years the organization has converted into the number one lobbying group for gun manufacturers. That industry is clear in its number one goal to sell as many guns as possible. The NRA spent $32 million on political campaigns in 2012.  In 2011, Americans bought 10 million guns — a 14 percent increase over 2010.

Between 2000 and 2009, almost 300,000 people died at the hands of a firearm in the U.S. — over 3,000 have been killed by guns since the Sandy Hook massacre.


NRA convention in Houston

Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director of the Violence Policy Center, wrote that the NRA convention included, “the manufacturers of the assault rifles used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 students and six educators dead (Bushmaster, Booth 3834) and the Aurora theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured (Smith & Wesson, Booth 2711).”

Of course.  It’s without shame that the NRA claims to be focused on hunting and training for safety while at the same time creating a specific event that places military assault weapons in the hands of children under ten years old.  Is an AK-47 or Glock a hunting weapon?

As reported by the New York Daily News, “the NRA welcomed its youngest lifetime member, 3-year-old Elaih Wagan, whose grandfather purchased the membership.”  Anti-gun protesters read the names of gun victims across the street from where the NRA’s annual event was held.  The photos from the event speak for themselves. See here.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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