NRA: Pay for the tragedy at Pulse Orlando
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Early on the morning of June 12, a legally purchased AR-15-style weapon was used to kill 49 people and wound 54 more during Latin Night at Pulse, an LGBTQ club in Orlando.
Despite the presence of an armed security guard, Pulse became the site of the most deadly shooting in the U.S. since the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.
Today, we are asking the NRA, as a non-profit organization, to do their part in covering the mounting costs of this tragedy to the Orlando community.
The NRA claimed $310 million in income during fiscal year 2014. An itemized list indicates that the low-end cost of this tragedy will amount to over $11 million. This significant donation would only amount to 3.57% of the NRA's annual income. (source)
Lobbying done by the NRA has helped gunmen from a string of massacres obtain legal access to the gun they have callously and unironically referred to as "America's Rifle" -- the AR-15 and similar assault weapons. The NRA argues these weapons are used for hunting and self defense, but statistics show otherwise: for every instance in which a gun in the home was shot in self-defense, there were seven criminal assaults or homicides, four accidental shootings, and 11 attempted or successful suicides. (source)
In the past, massacres like the one at Sandy Hook, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, led to massive increases in profits and executive pay at the NRA. (source) As their profits mount, so do the body counts.
It's time for the NRA to donate a small percent of their income to the victims of the deadly military-style weapons they helped legalize.
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