Gun Control Grabs Taxpayer Protection Funds to Fund Anti-2A Candidates

By Larry Keane

NSSF Brady Campaign Protest Sign
Gun control activists are lining their pockets with taxpayer-funded coronavirus economic relief. IMG NSSF

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun control activists are lining their pockets with taxpayer-funded coronavirus economic relief while at the same time paying millions to antigun candidates who would crush the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.

The difficulty is deciding which is more infuriating, the wanton abuse of taxpayer-funded support for small businesses or the audacity of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence co-founders former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona, Mark Kelly. Brady netted between $350,000 and $1 million, while Giffords grabbed between $150,000-$350,000. At the same time, Brady pledged $4 million for gun control in the 2020 election, and Giffords just announced a plan to spend $1.25 million in Colorado alone to support former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in his race against Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

Since the coronavirus shutdowns began, background checks for gun sales skyrocketed to 5.4 million in the second quarter. NSSF estimated nearly 2.5 million are first-time buyers. At the same time, Brady solicitations for donations have been nonstop and Giffords spokesperson David Chipman has made multiple media appearances denigrating gun buyers. 

Tax Dollars

American small businesses have done their best to navigate the unprecedented hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A near economic stall-out means millions have been temporarily laid off as businesses large and small shuttered. The firearm industry was hit as well, but most states followed Department of Homeland Security guidance deeming firearm-related businesses “essential” and, therefore, open. This was significant, as gun manufacturers, distributors and retailers employ more than 330,000 Americans and every employee has been critical during these uncertain times.

To help bridge the troubled waters for businesses, Congress passed the CARES Act, which provided Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for employers to keep workers on their payroll. Watchdogs have zeroed in on companies that received loans but could’ve gone without them. Brady and Giffords are using taxpayer dollars to keep their operations afloat, while spending millions to buy the gun control candidates they want, including Mark Kelly. Because money is fungible, American taxpayers are underwriting gun control organizations and their efforts to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of those taxpayers.

When asked about receiving PPP loans, Brady’s spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon, “We just applied and were approved, obviously, under the same sort of criteria as others with concerns for payroll.”

Industry Real Solutions

Through the difficult early months of 2020, the firearm industry has endured. Americans of all backgrounds and across party lines decided to take their safety and the protection of their families and property into their own hands. Local law enforcement has been stretched thin already throughout the coronavirus pandemic and now faces calls to defund police departments. Riots and looting broke out in cities across the country. Criminals were released from jails – and many quickly committed horrific crimes, including murdering children.

Firearm manufacturers and retailers have kept Americans safe by providing important information and resources to gun buyers. Shooting ranges give gun owners opportunities to safely learn how to use their firearms and practice marksmanship. Industry employees supported each other and their communities.

The firearm industry will continue emphasizing efforts that have a real impact on communities across the country. From Real Solutions and the problems of criminal and negligent misuse of firearms to #GUNVOTE voter-education resources, the industry’s focus will remain on being responsible and safe stewards of firearm ownership and use, while also protecting taxpayer dollars in the process.


National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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uncle dudley
uncle dudley
20 days ago

Trump hasn’t cleaned all the swamp rats out and whoever agreed to give funding to these type of groups needs to be canned.

Westside
Westside
20 days ago

When there is a noose in a garage in NC fifteen FBI agents rush in to investigate, at least in part because of the possible violation of civil rights. Where is the FBI and Justice Department while these organizations are trampling on our 2nd Amendment “so called” rights?

Camotim
Camotim
20 days ago

DOJ needs to sue to recover these funds.

nrringlee
nrringlee
20 days ago

Between blatant Chinese Communist Collusion and now the Grabboid Giffords rip off of tax payer funds the Bloomber mini-me, Mark Giffords Kelly should be getting pasted by the Republican Party in media, This is clear evidence that the anti-liberty crowd is shameless in their efforts to destroy this Republic by any means possible. Frauds like Kelly lead the way.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago

I bet we paid this lady some nice ching.

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hippybiker
hippybiker
20 days ago

Another pile of stinking a Dog Crap!

PMinFl
PMinFl
19 days ago

Her name must be Catherine ,Cat for short…with 9 lives.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago

Stealing RIGHTS cost money, somebody has to foot the bill.

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Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago

Crisis Karen don’t work for free.

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hippybiker
hippybiker
20 days ago

Scum of the Earth!

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
21 days ago

We The People fund the FBI crisis actors like Hogg Boy also.

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AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty
21 days ago

And?
NO different than several conservative groups doing the same-thing
Trump allowed it

hoss
hoss
21 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

So that makes it okay?
DUMB ASS!

nrringlee
nrringlee
20 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Name them.

Vern
Vern
20 days ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

Useful idiots like you believe the left really cares about you, once the left gets what they want and no longer need their useful idiots, you are expendable.

RJL
RJL
19 days ago
Reply to  Vern

Stalin 101…

Random71
Random71
21 days ago

Nothing quite like being stolen from. They steal my money, so they can pay other people to try and steal my guns. They easily could if only my canoe hadnt flipped over…