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article imageOp-Ed: NRA opposes Rep. Robin Kelly on outlawing marketing guns to kids

By John Presta     Jul 23, 2014 in Politics
Chicago - The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its monopoly on the "final word" on guns and the Second Amendment, coming to an end thanks to Rep. Robin Kelly's emergence on the national stage as an articulate national spokesperson for "common sense" gun reform.
"Watch us beat the odds again," said Kelly referring to her decisive victory on the night of her April 9, 2013 election victory. "Watch us take on the NRA, the Tea Party and anyone else standing in the way of our safety," She has kept her word.
Rep. Kelly has set off the NRA and its dedicated group of gun rights advocates, angered at her introduction of H.R. 5093, Children’s Firearm Marketing Act. The bill prohibits the marketing of firearms to children.
H.R. 5093 would permit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to regulate guns as a consumer product and determine what constitutes marketing firearms to children. The bill would also allow the FTC or CPSC to work with states attorneys general to enforce the ban.
Under the proposed bill, firearms would be treated as any other consumer product, with special attention on protecting the children. For example, baby car seats are under the regulations of the FTC and the CPSC. The same jurisdiction applies to toys that are considered unsafe for children.
Incredibly, the NRA and its misguided allies, who are controlled by "gun manufacturers," oppose Rep. Kelly's proposal. In doing so, they also oppose protecting and keeping our children safe.
The latest salvo against Rep. Kelly's support of H.R, 5093 comes from, which used an unflattering photo of her attempting to depict her as the "mad person," a clearly ironic depiction. The lame attempt to link Rep. Kelly with some of her predecessors is irrelevant and an attempt to change the subject, since she is one of the most dedicated and hard-working members of Congress, whose integrity is beyond reproach.
The piece in takes particular exception to "The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America," (also known as the "Kelly Report"). The gun rights group makes clear it opposes "common sense" gun reforms, such as "Universal Background Checks" and the "Federal Assault Weapons Ban."
The NRA is a lobbying organization that claims to defend the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners, but in reality is in the business of representing and promoting "gun manufacturers." took issue yesterday with Rep. Robin Kelly's (D-IL) introduction of a bill to force companies to stop marketing firearms to children.
Rep. Kelly responded to the years of the NRA sponsoring of the marketing and selling firearms to children. Rep. Kelly introduced H.R. 5093, The Children’s Firearm Marketing Act. The proposed law prohibits the marketing of firearms to children and teens, as is the law as it relates to the marketing and sales of tobacco products. The United States Surgeon General said in the 2014 report, "5.6 million of today’s children will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates."
"As a result of tobacco industry marketing and other influences, more than 3,200 children younger than the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette every day," reported the Surgeon General. Today, about half of all the children between ages 3 and 18 years in this country are exposed to cigarette smoke regularly, either at home or in places such as restaurants that still allow smoking.
Rep. Kelly sees the same damaging influence on children when it comes to firearms. In an email interview, Rep. Kelly said, "Much like manufacturers of tobacco products are prohibited from marketing their products to children, I believe there should be similar protections against the marketing of guns to children." Kelly added, "When you have gun companies making pink and zebra-striped guns or using cartoon characters to sell guns, you run the risk of children mistaking real firearms for toy guns with dangerous consequences."
Rep. Kelly addressed the issue of protecting children from gun violence. Not all gun violence is intentional, but accidental. Not surprisingly, "The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America," (also known as the "Kelly Report"), showed that children are at a higher rate of risk when guns are in the home. The "Kelly Report," which is the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the violence with guns crisis in America, addressed the issue over and over again.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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