Weapons in the gym: The NRA’s charity arm raffles off weapons in American schools

Weapons in the gym: The NRA’s charity arm raffles off weapons in American schools

Beth Reinhard on why the NRA is raffling off weapons in American schools. Jason Rezaian takes a look at Iran’s history of hostage-taking. And Joel Achenbach considers the unpredictable fate of the universe.

Auctioning off weapons in American schools

Fundraising occasions put on by Friends of NRA netted more than $33 million for the National Rifle Association in 2015. The company showed and raffled off weapons at these events– including one in a Kentucky school near a site of weapon violence.

Now, pockets of resistance to Friends of NRA are appearing throughout the country as mass shootings are becoming more regular and more deadly. And although NRA authorities say only a small fraction of these events are held in schools, challengers have actually pressed all sort of other places to stop hosting these charity events that support shooting sports.

A moms and dad from one school that hosted a fundraiser connected to press reporter Beth Reinhard, who’s been covering the internal issues of the NRA and current claims of misspending by its leading management.

” They held this fundraising event at the high school in 2015, and there were guns in the health club,” Reinhard states. “Weapons on screen in the health club– real guns all over the bleachers that people could bid on. They were being raffled off to raise money for Friends of NRA.”

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” It looked like the scientific neighborhood was creating a firm number,” says science reporter Joel Achenbach “But quotes by various techniques didn’t converge.”

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