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Old 06-12-2019, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Lamoral View Post
I also don't think it's accurate to say that "arms manufacturers and dealers have bought congress." Their lobby is an absolute pipsqueak compared to others like the pharmaceutical, insurance, and real estate lobbies. Like "grade-school T-ball versus the New York Yankees," as Walter White might put it. They do exert some influence but it's overstated.
In that respect, the gun lobby punches waaaaay above their weight. They have way more influence than would be apparent by just counting sheer dollars.

I suspect the reason is because the issue is so hot. Everyone in America knows exactly how they feel about guns, and WAY more people care deeply about the issue of gun control than they do about whether we ought to relax the requirements for extending patents on a 30-years-old blood pressure medication. The Russians didn't send an operative to infiltrate big pharma; they sent her to infiltrate the NRA.