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The NRA remains a key player in the battle against gun laws, but is its “unbreakable grip” waning?


John Yang:

Judy, the NRA’s blessing or opposition has meant pass or defeat gun legislation over the years as the group asserts the supremacy of the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

In a statement released today, the NRA said its “deepest condolences go out to the families and victims involved in this horrific and diabolical crime.”

The statement never mentions the weapon used, instead saying that: “While an investigation is ongoing and facts are still emerging, we recognize that this was the act of ‘a lonely, deranged criminal.’

Mike Spies has long written about the NRA. He is now a senior editor at The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on gun violence in America.

Mike, we just heard Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut talk about what he calls the unbreakable hold the gun industry has on the Republican Party. And he talked about the conversations he’s having with some fellow Republicans to try to find common ground.

The NRA may not be present during these conversations, but do you think its influence will be felt?


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