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loy310 said:
The real issue is that in the US we allow a private organization with 5 million followers and a boatload of cash determine the meaning of safety and “freedom” for 300 millions Americans. Toss in a few corrupted politicians that literally takes blood money from the NRA and you see why this issue will never be resolved in our lifetime.

The NRA represents more than just those five million members, just as the ACLU represents more than its 1.75 million members.

These are civil rights non-profits and an integral part of American democracy.

Direct donations to congress persons is a small part of the NRA's influence. Only something like 3% of Rubio's funding comes from the NRA, for example. 

What really makes the NRA powerful is that they motivate a large group of passionate single-issue voters to vote according to their report cards.