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NRA’s latest ploy: Grab more minorities

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 3/13/2013, 9:24 a.m.

Then there’s the study by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence that found that states with the most restrictive laws have lower rates of gun-related deaths than states that have few or lax limits.

The Children’s Defense Fund in a 2012 report effectively documented the colossal toll of gun violence on young blacks. It put forth specific measures that could at least curb some of the violence. It did not advocate that legal gun owners give up their guns or suggest anything that would prevent law-abiding citizens from possessing a gun for their personal protection and safety.

The Kaiser Foundation also found that 20 percent of Americans know a person who has been a victim of gun violence and that a majority of them said they were good friends or family members, and some were even victims themselves.

The NRA’s minority outreach campaign is in its infant stage and there’s no indication of how serious it is about trying to recruit more minorities. Even if it’s successful in ramping up the numbers of minorities, there’s no guarantee that they would play an effective role in the organization.

But that’s less important than the fact that the NRA’s effort will allow it to present itself to the public as a non-partisan, non-ideological organization whose sole concern is the defense of the second amendment. This alone makes it a ploy worth trying.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.