The NRA filed for bankruptcy protection on January 15. Note that “application for bankruptcy protection” does not mean that the association is not playing. They are planning to move their headquarters from New York to Texas, and are also preparing to reorganize.
At the time node, this bankruptcy protection plan is just in time for Biden to take office. The National Rifle Association, which has 5.5 million members in the United States, is itself a supporter of Trump.
In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, they gave Trump a political contribution of $30 million. Seeing that Trump could not be re-elected, they thought of bankruptcy protection.
In addition to this apparent reason, there are at least three reasons behind the NRA’s desire for bankruptcy protection.
First of all, bankruptcy protection can allow the Rifle Association to avoid litigation. According to Reuters, the Rifle Association sold 28,015 insurances to New Yorkers without qualification and charged more than $1.8 million in related fees.
On November 18, 2020, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced the settlement agreement. The National Rifle Association has agreed to stop insurance operations in New York State for five years and pay a $2.5 million fine for the charges.
The United States is a federal country. In New York State, it faces lawsuits: on the one hand, it “concilied” with relevant institutions; on the other hand, the American Rifle Association, which could not operate in New York as usual for at least five years, naturally thought of bankruptcy protection and then slipped away to Texas to reopen.
Previously, New York Attorney General Letitia James asked her to dissolve immediately. But with the support of US President Trump, the American Rifle Association is unwilling to disband.
Specifically, after the shooting at Douglas High School in February 2018, “Know Wang” said: “No one knows better than I can support the Second Amendment and support the Rifle Association.”
Although large retailers such as Wal-Mart adjusted their gun policies after the shooting, and merchants such as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and car rental company Enterprise also announced the cancellation of preferential cooperation plans with the Rifle Association, the American Rifle Association still exists “tenaciously”.
As a result, shootings in the United States are getting worse and more year by year.
Data on the Archives of Gun Violence Network show–
From January 1 to 8, 2021, gun violence has killed 844 people and injured 664 people in the United States.
The website also shows-
As of August 7, 2020, gun violence in the United States in 2020 has killed 10,611 people and injured 21,442.
In New York, as of August 1, 2020, there were 777 shootings in 2020, surpassing the total number of shootings in the entire year of 2019.
Among them, how much fuel has the American Rifle Association played? American public opinion has been analyzed. If the lawsuit in this regard will surface if it is not filed for bankruptcy protection, the NRA will be difficult to fight.
With the two parties in turn, the American Rifle Association often adjusts its policy. Relatively speaking, in recent years, the Democratic Party has tended to ban guns, while the Republican Party has tended to support the American people’s tradition of gun matching.
In the Democratic Obama administration, he has repeatedly claimed to support gun bans, but in his eight years and 20 gun ban efforts have failed. Although some media analysis at that time believed that the people who legally owned guns under the American Rifle Association were only a small number of Americans, Obama could not move the “cake” of this small group of people.
Laughter found that in the history of the United States, eight presidents have been members of the American Rifle Association: Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Sr. Among them, everyone except Kennedy is Republican.
Now, Biden, a Democrat, is about to come to power. At this time, the American Rifle Association certainly needs to take action. After all, Biden has not taken office yet and has said at the time of the election that he should control the gun.
January 8 is the tenth anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Ten years ago, on January 8, 2011, 13 people, including Congressman Gabrielle Giffords, were injured and six people were killed in the shooting in Tucson.
Gabrielle Giffords posted on Twitter on the same day, hoping that in addition to the memory of the deceased, the future President of the United States would return a “safe America”.
On the day of Giffords tweet, Biden retweeted his tweet and said, “Your perseverance and immeasurable courage continue to inspire me and millions of others.
I promise to continue to work with you and (gun violence) survivors, families and advocates across the United States to defeat the American Rifle Association. The incidence of gun violence.”
But the NRA has other views on Biden’s remarks. They believe that Biden’s gun control is to prohibit semi-automatic rifles in the hands of Americans, thus increasing taxes from American guns.
That is to say, in the United States, there is a argument that the Democratic Party’s gun control is fake, and it is true to raise taxes through gun control. In order to avoid its sharp edge, the American Rifle Association hopes to register in Texas, where the mountain emperor is far away, after bankruptcy protection, and it is not difficult to understand its intention.
The epidemic situation in the United States is serious. Does this cause problems in the operation of the American Rifle Association? In 2020, the association laid off dozens of employees, even cancelled the “National Convention” and interrupted fund-raising activities.
It seems that it is indeed struggling in operation. However, this is only a symptom.
On the one hand, the Rifle Association claims that “bankruptcy protection can promote this major advocate of constitutional freedom in the United States to maintain long-term growth”, and on the other hand, it claims to its members on other platforms that it has an excellent financial situation that has not been in many years.
What proves this is that gun sales have soared after the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. From March to August alone, the United States saw 17.3 million more gun sales.
This figure, published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after a background investigation of gun buyers, is true.
If an organization with a truly excellent financial situation is protected by bankruptcy, it is undoubtedly a proof of the absurdity of the American system.
Why is it difficult for the United States to ban guns? Judging from the founding of the United States, the right to hold a gun is indeed not a trivial matter for Americans.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: “The well-managed militia is necessary to secure a free state, so the right of the people to possess and bear arms cannot be violated.” But with the passage of time, many things have long changed. For example, the so-called “militia” has long become the National Guard, that is, the regular army.
The “King of Qin” that invaded the U.S. Congress on January 6th involved the eight major militia organizations of the “Operation American Patriot” in the United States-
“Civil Defense Force”,
“Lightly foot militia”.
There are also nearly 300 militias in the United States, with nearly 20,000 official members.
The question is, can these people still be regarded as the “militia” against the British army at the beginning of the founding of the United States?
As long as these “militia” organizations continue to exist and as long as the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is still there, it seems that Biden’s gun ban will be the same path as Obama. The bitter one is the innocent shot.