How the NRA hijacks gun control debates

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Why is the NRA -- a group that represents the interests of gun manufacturers -- taken seriously in debates about reducing gun violence?

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After the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, news networks are once again focused on the debate over gun control. These debates often pit gun control activists against the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims to speak on behalf of gun owners. But in reality, the NRA represents the interest of gun manufacturers.

The group gets millions of dollars in donations from gun companies every year, and millions more through the sale of ad space in NRA publications. That financial allegiance means the NRA is similar to organizations like the Tobacco Institute -- an industry lobbying group primarily interested in protecting their product.

So why do news networks keep inviting them to debate gun violence?

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