NRA blood money
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre spoke at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/WIkiCommons)

To the editors:

Of course, I’m glad to hear of the companies that are doing the right thing in cancelling their ties to the National Rifle Association and putting new limits on assault rifle sales. However, it further points out that corporations are the true leaders of our country’s morals in that some of them are stepping away from the platitudes of thoughts and prayers espoused by the NRA and its major subsidiary, the Congress, which is nominally elected with public money to represent taxpayers, but in fact does the bidding of its true paymasters — the NRA and gun manufacturers.

The Georgia State Senate recently advanced legislation to withhold tax breaks to Delta Airlines, located in Atlanta, when it stopped participating in the NRA’s perks-to-members program. Several other companies have also pulled away from this program.

It’s ironic that the center of this argument is not the tragic loss of innocent life. Instead, the focus is money paid to Congress to buy thoughts and prayers and the loss of money in the form of profits to those companies that will continue to be fearful of the NRA’s wrath and strong-arm tactics to hold onto their blood money.

James Nimmo
Oklahoma City

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