How much responsibility falls on the NRA?

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I don't think the NRA was responsible for any of the murders committed. I think that if someone is going to commit a murder, they are going to do it regardless of whether or not they have a gun. Human history has taught us that if people want to kill someone they will use anything: a sword, a sledgehammer, a chainsaw, a pillow, even their bare hands if they are skilled enough. The characters were thinking of revenge because they knew they were going to die soon, so they wouldn't be alive to face consequences. They did not kill someone just because they had a gun. I also think that while the author tried to present both sides of the gun issue, the vast majority of the characters who bought guns used them to kill people, so we really didn't get to see too many regular gun owners who were being peaceful. This contributed to the strong anti gun bias that was prevalent though out this whole book. I appreciate your willingness to bring this question to light, because I would have enjoyed this book more if it wasn't filled with such anti gun bias and blame for the NRA.
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Let's substitute guns for other weapons used to commit deadly acts. Ropes, knives, cars, hands, pillows, etc. Who is held responsible outside of the person(s) committing crimes with those weapons? I'm not necessarily for the NRA advertising discounts to attempt to appeal to the seniors, however, in comparison with my opening sentences, I'm not sure the NRA should be required to take responsibility either.
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Not only the NRA, but all the stakeholders are responsible for the tragic events in the lives of seniors.

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I agree that both VitalTech and NRA share the responsibility.

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kandscreeley wrote:
02 Mar 2018, 20:52
I'm not so sure. When a drug that the FDA has approved turns out to be deadly, people blame the drug manufacturer not the FDA. Isn't this similar?
I apologize for my response to this statement a year and a half later, but I wanted to share an experience I had.

About 18 - 20 years ago, I willingly participated in a drug study for psoriasis. The first drug study went smoothly and had no problems; it was never approved by FDA. The second drug study went okay at first but then I had an adverse reaction. I started spiking fevers around 103 - 104 degrees. Plus, I had trouble getting any bleeding to stop after a scratch or cut. When I shared my experience with the study doctor, he told me to keep taking it because I was imagining things. (His exact words, "If you were my daughter, I'd tell you to keep taking it and stop whining.") Basically he was telling me to "shut-up" and give the study good results so it would be approved by the FDA. Not surprisingly, it was. I blame underhanded doctors and drug companies. They are willing to do whatever it takes so they can get their way to make money. FDA approves drugs based on information given to them. Unfortunately, they have no way of knowing if the information given is above board and honest.
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JessNWheeler wrote:
01 Mar 2018, 13:35
Should the NRA have taken any responsibility for the tragic events presented in this book? Consider the organization’s media appearances and the discounts the NRA was offering. How were the NRA leaders and members portrayed in this book?
Yes, the NRA should take responsibility. They are the ones making sure that enough congressional leaders have been bought so no law can be voted for some gun control.
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