Dick Polman points that that, second amendment, schmecond amendment.
It’s all about the Benjamins. A nugget:
Because this is all about money. In terms of annual business, the American gun industry is worth $12 billion. The NRA’s budget annual budget is $250 million; it depends not just on membership dues, but on lavish industry contributions. For instance, the gun-making firm Sturm Ruger just finished a one-year sweetheart deal with the NRA; it gave the NRA a dollar for every gun sold, and the NRA’s take totaled $1.2 million. And the gun retailers get in on the act, too. The CEO of Cabela’s, a hunting and outdoor gear chain, recently gave the NRA $1 million in cash.
In other words, the NRA exists to do the industry’s bidding. The NRA can talk all day (and it certainly does) about the Second Amendment and about its stalwart defense of Freedom, but its real job is to keep the industry fat and happy and profitable – by ensuring that it sells more and more guns. What’s good for the gun industry is good for the NRA, and vice versa.