“[W]e haven’t seen a renewed debate on guns in Congress. One reason is the amount of money self-described “gun rights” groups are spending to elect allies who will do nothing – except promote the financial interest of the beleaguered firearms industry,” writes MSNBC’s Mark Glaze.
The NRA alone spent $37 million in 2014’s elections, but that money was disclosed to the public. The new way to raise funds is to send them to “dark money” groups that don’t have to say who contributed, or how much.
After the Charleston shooting, President Obama courageously spoke out against the ubiquity of guns in the U.S. and the hold the gun lobby has on lawmakers. He should continue on this path, Glaze argues, by signing an executive order that would require businesses with federal contracts to disclose political spending.