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How can a non-profit organization make a profit?
From the NRA Wikipedia entry:
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1871 that promotes firearm ownership, as well as police training, firearm safety, marksmanship, hunting and self-defense training in the United States. The NRA is designated by the IRS as a 501©(3) and its lobbying branch is a 501©(4) organization.
Here are also a few facts about the gun industry:
All told, the firearms industry contributes more than $33 billion to the U.S. economy and supports about 220,000 jobs, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That’s more than double the North American payrolls of General Motors, which President Barack Obama called “a pillar of our economy” when he explained the decision to provide more taxpayer aid to help save the car maker in 2009.
Fortunately the gun industry is quite healthy right now, but it is also an industry that doesn't have high profit margins to begin with and is susceptible to wild swings in the market. Ironically, it seems that all of Obama's bluster about gun control (and Clinton's before that) is the best thing to ever happen to the industry. Companies can barely keep up with demand. So it would seem that if Obama wanted to really do something about guns, he should simply just shut his mouth about it.