Among the greatest national shames is the United States’ mass shooting epidemic. As of November 8th – the 312th day of the year – there had been 307 mass shootings in the country. A majority of Americans support stricter gun laws, but the National Rifle Association, in donating tens of millions of dollars a year to Republican candidates, has kept enough lawmakers at its disposal to halt any meaningful legislation to remedy the problem.
Now, it looks like Americans may finally be wising up.
The NRA reported losing nearly $55 million in donations over the course of 2017, and now Yahoo News is reporting that gun manufacturers are subsequently taking a hit as well, with even the most formidable companies seeing a drop in the value of their shares.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, the largest gun manufacturer in the US, fell 1.3% Tuesday. American Outdoor Brand Corporation, which owns the Smith & Wesson brand, saw a decline of 2.9%, and Vista Outdoor, which makes ammunition and rifle-scopes was down 3.9%. Olin, an ammunition manufacturer, however, saw a 0.6% increase.
Though many Republican politicians – including the president-are still in the pocket of the NRA – its influence in the political sphere hinges on the organizations overwhelming amount of donations to buy influence over the majority party. With less donations and falling stocks, their financial foothold may be beginning to weaken.
It’s a promising start, but the efforts to mobilize and save lives aren’t weakening.
Good. We're not done until there is no NRA.
— Marqizzle Fashizzle (@Qizzle75) November 29, 2018
Gosh, I feel really bad for all those gun manufacturers and #NRAIsATerroristOrganization
Oh wait, I mean
I really don’t care, Do You#NRABloodMoney
— WhensDinner (@ChubbyLunchbox) November 28, 2018
I simply can't contain the schadenfreude. But I will offer my thoughts and prayers to both the NRA and and the gun manufacturers.
— Richard Flom (@DrahcirMolf) November 28, 2018
Though the share values in the gun market may be dropping, it just might be possible that American values – like prioritizing self defense without fetishizing tools designed to kill – are on the rise.