by Jenée Desmond-Harris, The Root
When the NRA advocated for more guns in school in a press conference responding to the recent Newtown, Connecticut school shootings today, Color of Change's Rashaad Robinson called it the organization's "latest attempt to profit from tragedy, death and suffering." But, he told The Root, the NRA doesn't do its work alone. He linked the gun rights organization to American Legislative Exchange Council ("ALEC"), which recently lost over 40 member companies because of its role in crafting voter suppression laws, anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB 1070.
Despite that setback, Robinson says, ALEC is still "fueled by major corporations has moved NRA's legislation through statehouses around the country."
In an earlier statement, Color of Change said:
ALEC and the NRA create and push laws that make it easy for people to get high-powered assault weapons like the ones used in Newtown and so many of the tragic mass shootings that have plagued our nation. The NRA still plays a key role in crafting ALEC's model gun-access legislation and these laws destroy families and erode public safety, putting us all in harm’s way.