The National Rifle Association (NRA) promotes itself as a grass-roots effort to defend the Second Amendment and gun owners, but in reality the organization rakes in millions from gun manufacturers and sellers.
According to Business Insider, the NRA has taken in between $20 million and $52.6 million from gun manufacturers since 2005. Gun-related companies paid the NRA another $20 million to advertise their products in NRA publications. The NRA also rakes in donations by gun companies.
In return, the NRA has been quick to defend gun manufacturers after mass shootings such as the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.
Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told the CTPost.com in 2012 that he had to repeat that a Bushmaster XM-15 E2S assault rifle was used by Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza a dozen times because of the constant denial of gun groups and conspiracy theorists.
The NRA is going to bat again for gun manufacturers by blaming the media for a "lack of accuracy and shoddy research."
According to MediaMatters.org, NRA News commentator Natalie Foster claims in a newly-released video (below), "Bushmaster, for instance, was blamed for Sandy Hook. It's like blaming Kleenex for the flu."
Foster doesn't mention that the Remington Outdoor Company, which is the parent company of Bushmaster, donated between $1,000,000 and $4,999,999 (as the Freedom Group) to the NRA, according to the Violence Policy Center.
Foster also attacked a Rolling Stone article from earlier this year that she claims "details which guns are the deadliest according to statistics that don't actually exist."
However, MediaMatters.org reports the statistics do exist on the websites of the ATF and FBI.
Foster also slammed Rolling Stone for listing pistols and revolvers in separate categories of weapons, just as the ATF does. Smith & Wesson and Ruger gun websites also list pistols and revolvers in separate categories, reports MediaMatters.org.
Despite mangling the facts, Foster concludes, "These reporters are not interested in truth. They're interested in defamation. Missing are the positive facts about gun ownership that my colleagues here at NRA News outline on a daily basis."