What is the organization or group’s website?
The National Rifle Association is an American organization which is recognized for their advocacy towards the rights of using guns. They are originally established in order to enhance the marksmanship of the gun users in the 19th century which are primarily military troops. In the modern times, they spread information about gun safety and gun control as well as organizing events about firearm competency and marksmanship. They also try to influence legislations regarding the use of firearms (National Rifle Association np).
What are the issues your organization or group is concerned with?
Originally, the NRA is concerned with the lack of marksmanship of the military troops during the 19th century. They shifted to influencing legislations regarding the rights of the use of firearms. They are concern about the civil rights of every citizen and they are educating the people about the Second Amendment of the United States’ constitution. They are also concern about the politics in the United States and try to unite their members with regards to their support (National Rifle Association np).
What actions does your group take to try influence policy and the public agenda?
The NRA tries to influence policy by supporting and opposing some of the legislations. They show their support by educating the public as well as supporting the politicians which have the same interests with the organization. They also try to influence the public agenda by educating the people with regards to their advocacies (National Rifle Association np).
What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Their main strength is the large quantities of their members which make them influential. They also have members which are influential individually (National Rifle Association np). For example, they could be a major political force due to the quantity and quality of their members. Their main weaknesses are the issues and criticisms regarding violence associated with the use of firearms. Not all people agree to their advocacies since there are cases of violence with the use of guns and other firearms.
Summarize a news article from the organization or group in a paragraph.
The article written by Esme Desprez is about the rise of the sport of trap shooting in the High Schools of Minnesota. The trap shooting event started in 2009 which has 30 participants. It grew to about 5000 participants during their recent event in 2015. The trap shooting event and the sales of guns began to rise again despite the cases of mass shootings in the recent years. The organizers which are members of the NRA thought that the sport is dying. They started to revive the sport by making the high school students participate (Desprez np).
Desprez, Esme. US High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport. 2015. Web. 11 July 2015. <http://www.nranews.com/home/document/us-high-schools-embrace-shooting-as-hot-new-sport>
National Rifle Association. About Us. Nd. Web. 11 July 2015. <http://home.nra.org/home/document/about>