For the first time in a decade, the firearms industry has become a primary target in the gun debate.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regularly hammered Bernie Sanders during the primaries over his vote for a 2005 law that grants gun manufacturers and retailers broad immunity from liability lawsuits.
It surmised that once the attorney general had this law, directed against submachine guns, he could go to the next Congress and argue for an amendment to include “any firearm.”Congressional committee members said they felt “bombarded” by the ensuing telegrams, and found this approach novel enough to merit comment and complaint.
Representative John Mc Cormack of Massachusetts asked Milton Reckord, the NRA’s executive vice president, if his members had “blindly followed” its language and directive.
Though it had a small lobbying presence, it asked its large membership—in a now standard tactic—to write their elected representatives stating opposition to the bill, following a template.
The letter introduces an early version of a slippery slope argument that the NRA has used to oppose much of gun control legislation ever since.
He said he doubted that Colt’s “would be justified in continuing this small arms business” if those measures were adopted.
Nichols warned that if the gun industry could not make a profit in peacetime, through unfettered commercial sales, it would not be available to meet public defense needs if war broke out.
Roosevelt signed the National Firearms Act into law, Joseph Keenan, the assistant U. attorney general, noted differences between the tactics of the NRA and the gun industry.Reckord replied, “I would not say blindly.”At another hearing, Milton Frederick, the NRA president, said decisions about whether to ban submachine guns and impose new taxes on pistol sales should be left to the states.“I am just as much against the gangster as any man …World War I transformed American attitudes about guns.More than 17 million people had died in the conflict, which marked the introduction of highly lethal weapons like machine guns, capable of killing scores of soldiers in minutes.