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How a Group of High School Students Put the NRA in the Hot Seat | “NRA Under Fire” | FRONTLINE

March 26, 2020


>>For about two decades, Democrats were running scared of the NRA. And I think Parkland changed that.>>Trying to get so many people registered to vote.>>When the kids of Parkland started this incredible grassroots movement…>>This does not just lie in the city of Parkland.>>It captivated constituents. Democratic lawmakers started hearing from people back home, “Hey, why aren’t you doing anything?”>>NARRATOR: The Parkland students had helped put gun control on the agenda of the 2018 midterms. The NRA was under fire.>>I’ll take on the NRA, ban assault rifles, ban bump stocks.>>One out of five guns are obtained without a background check.>>(bleep) the NRA.>>NARRATOR: For the first time…>>These weapons have no place…>>NARRATOR: Hundreds of Democrats were taking on the NRA.>>I’ll fight the gun lobby.>>Because the NRA is an embarrassment, and weapons I used in Iraq have no business on our streets.>>We had had a moment. We had had a chance to turn the tides, and we fundamentally did.>>This is CNN breaking news.>>This is a very significant defeat for Mr. Trump, a historic accomplishment for the Democrats.>>NARRATOR: And on Election Night, a big victory for those Democrats who challenged the NRA.>>Democrats picked up more than two dozen House seats to take control for the first time in eight years.>>Many of them are from red districts, some of whom represent districts that haven’t been in Democratic hands since the early 1960s. Those people are not NRA supporters.>>Let me hear you scream!>>♪ I’m all the way up, oh All the way up, all the way up All the way up I’m all the way up… ♪>>NARRATOR: One candidate who won was Letitia James…>>New York now has a new state attorney general.>>NARRATOR: …the New York attorney general.>>New York State’s top legal official, and Tish James made history today.>>Democrat Letitia “Tish” James, and…>>And our nation is at a pivotal moment in history, and we are careening…>>NARRATOR: She immediately turned her sights on the NRA.>>We need an attorney general who will go after gun manufacturers and the NRA.>>NARRATOR: As attorney general, James would go after the NRA from a new angle, to try and weaken it from the inside.>>The New York Attorney General has a lot of power. She can subpoena their records, and she can look into precisely how they are raising and spending money.>>She was going to dig in and see what exactly were they doing, how were they spending their money.>>The National Rifle Association is under investigation by New York State’s attorney general..>>The NRA in crisis, with the New York attorney general launching an investigation…>>New York’s Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation…>>And so, that became a really significant threat to the NRA.>>$200,000 in NRA…>>NARRATOR: Then, a big break that would feed the investigation.>>Wayne LaPierre looting the coffers.>>Complaint about the NRA’s tax-exempt status…>>NARRATOR: Leaks from inside the NRA.>>…extracted hundreds of millions of dollars…>>NARRATOR: Allegations of lavish spending and financial misconduct by LaPierre.>>The NRA spent more than $200,000 of its members’ donations…>>NARRATOR: There were bills for nearly $300,000 from a Beverly Hills clothing store, private jets to the Bahamas, and plans for a $6 million mansion on a Dallas golf course.>>There were a lot of people around NRA looking to be rich. Can’t imagine any other nonprofit in the entire country that has a similar mission where people are making so much money.>>NARRATOR: Aaron Davis spent a decade as an NRA fundraiser. This is the first time he has spoken on camera.>>The hypocrisy of it all is that the membership who gives $25 doesn’t, they don’t know where their money’s going.>>NARRATOR: To date, Attorney General James has issued subpoenas to nearly 100 former and current NRA officials. LaPierre has denied any wrongdoing, but the investigation has thrown the NRA and its leadership into crisis.>>Now you see a Wayne LaPierre who’s under siege and backed into a corner. And the NRA is vulnerable to these investigations into its finances that are ongoing. So, it’s just mired in internal problems and, you know, dysfunction.

70 Comments

  • Reply The Blood Of Ogun #AlphaBlack #B1 March 24, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Whyte people are SchoolShooters

  • Reply The Blood Of Ogun #AlphaBlack #B1 March 24, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Whyte On Whyte Crime

  • Reply Edward Brady March 24, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Thankfully these vapid brats & their AstroTurf "movement" have been completely forgotten. That little weasel Hogg will end up a junkie, Ivy League dropout with an "E" true Hollywood style story within this decade. Bank on it.

  • Reply Tem March 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    amazing content keep it up dude

  • Reply Upright Ape March 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Good for the kids……..NRA is Satanic.

  • Reply Mustard Custard March 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    BAN THE DEMOCRAT'S

  • Reply EEN9B March 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    NRA controls Congress.

  • Reply The Blood Of Ogun #AlphaBlack #B1 March 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Whyte people are SchoolShooters

  • Reply PeaceFan1 March 24, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    GOD BLESS these Kids!!!

  • Reply Chris H March 24, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • Reply Oliver Clothesoff March 24, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Because Jack fucking Dorsey gave them blue checks

  • Reply SJ March 24, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Through a ton of favorable MSM coverage and funding that’s how.

  • Reply Terminator T3000 March 24, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Sheep!

  • Reply Come To Butthead March 24, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    393 million guns in the United States give or take nobody’s going to give them up and hand them over…. Second amendment!!!…

  • Reply Jeremy H March 24, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Pretty pathetic that we can't place the blame where it belongs….

  • Reply Grizz March 24, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I mean I disagree but I can already see the responses about how I don’t care about the kids who died so I’m not even gonna try to explain myself

  • Reply inner3peace March 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Yes they did turn the tide! So proud of our next generation.

  • Reply Mark King March 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    these children aren't wise enough to understand they are crying for their own enslavement and oppression.

  • Reply Kurt Kurt March 24, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Using the gullible youth for political reasons is dishonourable.

  • Reply Andre Akerele March 24, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    To hell with the NRA, they're more dangerous to this country than Covid-19

  • Reply Raphael Shan March 24, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Remove the gun own to the people is the way have dictatorship government in America.

  • Reply Tulips ontheorgan March 24, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    No they did not! Hahaha

  • Reply Greta Thunderturd March 24, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I really like the idea of exploiting children to advocate for radical, Leftist political dogma.

  • Reply Pensive March 24, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    As police departments around the country are right now telling people they will no longer be enforcing laws that put citizens directly in danger, and that's with just a little bit of pressure on the system – it's only been days to weeks, the citizens of the US are realizing their safety is in their hands. What happened to these kids is tragic and we need to protect them. I am alive today because of my gun and there are millions like me. The mainstream narrative hides that information from you, and much more, as they build their narrative. So what about my life, what about their lives, does that not matter?

    When seconds matter the police are minutes away. You guys are so ignorant you don't even understand how you are hurting people and not even addressing the real problem. You probably aren't even aware that over 2 times more people are killed every year by a persons bare hands than rifles – the AR15 is the most popular rifle in America. You probably aren't even aware that according to the CDC between 500k and 3 million people defend themselves with guns every year. Take Jamey Closs for example, remember her? She's a tale of 2 families. Her parents knew in advance that a threat was coming, the wife and daughter sheltered in the bathroom while the husband confronted him at the door – they were all unarmed and look what happened. Fast forward to her escape. The family she ran to also knew in advance that a threat was coming, but they were armed. The wife put Jamie behind her, got her gun and posted up, while the husband got his gun and posted up at the door. She was protected and if he came it that house there was going to be a fight. Now in the end they didn't need their guns and the police caught him one block away head toward their house, but Jamie's parents did need guns and they didn't have any – and where were the police? Also remember, it was illegal for the murderer to have a gun.

    I understand that the media narrative has gotten you beating the anti-gun drums, but you have been manipulated. And I know you guys need a boogyman, but anyone who knows what they are actually talking about laughs when you attack the NRA, you guys really don't get it lol, but keep attacking your boogyman. Or, get educated and stop letting your emotions guide you.

  • Reply Cross Reference March 24, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    I actually like most Republican ideas but the NRA at times seems heartless

  • Reply Mary Shoemaker March 24, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    If you need a gun for anything other than hunting or protecting your family……..
    With the way the world is, big guns are only used for murder, I pray for this world 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Reply Samuel Rummer March 24, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Children have no clue of how important the 2nd amendment. Their parents have raised in a world with no sharp objects and guns are bad. These children will wake up one day and realize that this world is indeed a bad place. The Democratic party has been trying to abolish the 2nd amendment and they will never succeed! I thank God for the NRA.. "Frontline" and their sad attempt to make a documentary that makes the NRA look bad is not going to work.. Guns are not the problem. Why aren't they going after knives, there are just as many if not more deaths with knives than there are with guns??

  • Reply Alfred E Pluribus Numan March 24, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    These young people virtually brought the Blue Wave of 2018

  • Reply Dancing Robot March 24, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    What sensible solutions do NRA supporters propose for stopping mass shootings where AR-15 style assault rifles are the preferred choice of weapon.

    Please don't advocate arming even more people or arming the teachers. What other sensible ideas do you propose?

  • Reply Alfred E Pluribus Numan March 24, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    Yo yo yo Trump supporters I heard all cell phones are contaminated with the coronavirus, the solution is to microwave your cell phone for 10 minutes, mine works so much better now since I did that

  • Reply Alfred E Pluribus Numan March 24, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    The Russians are manipulating the right-wing churches the NRA and the Republican Party

  • Reply KM March 24, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Read the bio of NY AG. Not impressed.

  • Reply Rebecca Z March 24, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    High school kids? Lolol No. They aren't.

  • Reply Sebastian Minney March 24, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    The second amendment isn't debatable SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED every American should own a machine gun and stop hiding behind the children come out and say you want to completely get rid of the second amendment

  • Reply Dee Elle March 24, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Culture warriors in the comment section again. Lol. The NRA is not your friend.

  • Reply Omar A. B.S March 24, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Youtube is predominantly males. In terms of ideology, it is also predominantly conservative. There's nothing wrong with males or conservatives, but it's important to keep that in mind when looking at video like/dislike ratio and comment sections.

  • Reply David Lloyd-Jones March 25, 2020 at 12:03 am

    "One out of five" is a singular noun, lady.

    Um, it might have something to do with that "one" in there, doncha think?

  • Reply Alfred E Pluribus Numan March 25, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Because of the NRA and the supporters of weapons of mass destruction on the street, and in the home, considering the violence they have incubated with this support, I believe 16 year olds should have the right to vote in America, because they have no voice, and they are now Targets of the insanity the NRA and its supporters have Unleashed on the public

  • Reply Hi March 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Lmfao idiots

  • Reply Josh 88 March 25, 2020 at 12:11 am

    when did pbs become so liberal? Does the left do anything wrong pbs?

  • Reply J Donner March 25, 2020 at 12:23 am

    Meanwhile gun sales are soaring lol. This little video aged immediately.

  • Reply The Executioner March 25, 2020 at 12:34 am

    The NRA is We the People

  • Reply Nawal Ahmed March 25, 2020 at 12:44 am

    i don't know what those students managed to acomplish

  • Reply Mark Patton March 25, 2020 at 12:48 am

    NRA on the hot seat by the ignorant masses brainwashed offspring. Would that be "The Future Morons of America"?

  • Reply Mark Tutone March 25, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Are you kidding??? how a group of HS Students put the NRA in the hot seat??? The title should read how Democrats/leftists/progressives propped up funded children to further their leftist ideas and how law enforcement failed to protect these students.
    Frontline is just another great news program that has been taken over by leftists who attempt to push their leftists' ideas. Frontline you should be absolutely ashamed with yourselves for pumping out propaganda like this.

  • Reply Santiago Bron March 25, 2020 at 1:47 am

    if mental issue is the real reason why so many school shootings happen,
    why don't they pass mental health reform?
    and they get to keep their guns.
    that's the easiest no brainer.

    or maybe they really do believe that guns are the problem.

  • Reply Santiago Bron March 25, 2020 at 1:48 am

    if it wasn't for the second amendment how else would cops get shot at?

  • Reply daniel letterman March 25, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Wanting to own a device specifically designed to kill another human being betrays multiple mental issues. That more effort is spent rationalizing and arguing FOR keeping these weapons for anyone takes away from ensuring health, happiness and security for everyone.

  • Reply Dan Howard March 25, 2020 at 3:08 am

    Why would we listen to kids on this subject? BTW Lot's-o-libs are buying guns now. Oh an 90% of the crime is hand guns. No one wants to do anything about that apparently.

  • Reply ಬჩítიeყ elaíიe March 25, 2020 at 3:28 am

    This is ridiculous. Once again, a group of selfish, self glorifying politicians pursuing an agenda that does nothing to address an actual problem.
    Guns aren't the problem. They're a symptom of the actual problem which lies with the sick ducks pulling the trigger.
    Guns save way more lives than they take and prevent more crime than they are actually utilized in.
    Once we lose our right to bear arms, the rest will shortly follow…. which is exactly why we won't let them be taken.

  • Reply first last March 25, 2020 at 5:27 am

    PBS (Posting Bull Sheet) again… That black lady latisha is a money crawler looking to be elected to get rich.

  • Reply True Blood March 25, 2020 at 6:12 am

    All those CT , Trump loving , gun toters think the gun sales control is taking away their rights to own guns ..every mass shooter were all law abiding gun buyers that decided to practice their 2nd amendment right to purchase the ammunition that would kill as many innocent citizens as quickly with their weapons of mass destruction that should be band because some NRA suicidal love to take as many innocent victims with them !

  • Reply Mike March 25, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Nothing but lies and bullshit

  • Reply John Rau March 25, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Frontline is propaganda state-run television

  • Reply Phillip S March 25, 2020 at 8:56 am

    This is why PBS needs to be defunded. They are clearly biased against the NRA and the 2nd amendment. The NRA will be fine and they have plenty of other civil liberty organizations that protect the 2nd. Remember the NRA exist because of groups like PBS trying to take away 2nd amendment rights rights. PS gun sales are soaring lol

  • Reply 11C March 25, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Desperate situations call for Drastic measures…in frontline (aka the left/dnc)
    is spreading Propaganda..👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺
    MAGA2020🇺🇸

  • Reply Robert Barron March 25, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Yawn

  • Reply John Richardson March 25, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Recent gun sales prove Americans overwhelmingly support the 2nd Am. PBS Frontline PC / WOKE talking points evaporate one by one. The previous anti-Amazon Alexa piece just proves they prefer China to lead in AI.

  • Reply Mami Fanai March 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Americans, never give up your 2nd amendment. The nra problems has nothing to do with your right to protect yourself and loved ones. Maybe the demorats should be more involed in confiscating illegal guns from places like chicago, detroit, atlanta……….

  • Reply Mami Fanai March 25, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    All patriots should have assualt rifles and light machine guns

  • Reply DMG2FUN March 25, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    All dem gun haters need do is simple. Name a gun control law that only affects criminals. It is clear dem gun haters cannot name one! There is one reason and only one reason to own a so called assault weapon. It is my right!

  • Reply drz March 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    The kids were used by the media.

  • Reply Ripple Effect March 25, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    ????

  • Reply David Rothauser March 25, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    It is inspiring and hopeful to learn that high school students from Parkland have organized a grass roots movement to challenge the NRA vis-a-vis gun control. While the Parkland students' action is courageous and ongoing it should never be forgotten that the epidemic of gun violence began with adults and it is adults who are capable of sustaining a long term movement for gun control in the U.S. Equally important is the people who design and manufacture guns and assault weapons, need to be held accountable for their actions. This includes scientists and engineers who are the only people capable of designing and building weapons of domestic mass murder.

  • Reply Killuminati 777 March 25, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I’m keeping my guns regardless

  • Reply 09rja March 25, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I respect Frontline as a show…..but this episode was a big disappointment. How about talking about what these people want and what it means for the average gun owner? We've gotten a sneak preview of this in California where the turn-them-in bans are already happening. And it makes instant criminals out of those who fail to comply or perhaps have a magazine somewhere that they have forgotten about. That's a big difference between the (national) "assault" weapons "ban" in '94 and what these people advocate. (Even the '94 bill was not adequately discussed.) It's time to get down to the brass tacks of what gun advocates want…..and what it means to normal law abiding citizens. You'll find out real quick…..a "assault" weapon…..isn't what you think it is.

  • Reply Michael O'Rourke March 25, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    The only way to stop a Bad guy with a Gun is a Black Woman AG from NY with a Subpoena..

  • Reply Rick Conner March 25, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    I don't let children tell me how to live my life. Half of them think the Easter Bunny is real. They are hardly qualified to tell me how to take care of my family.

  • Reply Shinski March 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

    these are kid we are talking about here, they do not even know what rent is yet.

  • Reply Mort Business March 26, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Lol… Has anyone seen what one single virus does to all this "Parkland magic?" They did not fundamentally change a damn thing. Frontline, like a lot of the surface mainstream, mistakenly believes that "it's the NRA!" It is not. It is the NRA's constituency, the members, the Americans with guns. The NRA wilted? Okay, we just went to GOA and CDLs so on. Virginia's rally was done entirely without NRA. There's another thing too…

    These anti-civil rights, anti-2A crusaders simply do not understand– we care about the guns laws, and we will fight you people on principle every single millimeter (and we will will again and again in the high courts). But, in the end, EVEN IF the anti-gun crusaders get what they want, it is utterly moot– it does not matter. We are not going to comply. These people will wreck the Bill of Rights– subvert the 1st, the 4th, the 5th, the 6th et al– to "acheive" useless futile laws that harm Americans, and we just won't abide that. The crusaders will have to resort to unbelievably totalitarian "Red Flag" laws to make the tiniest dent, and Americans won't stand for it. Hear it now, believe it later… it doesn't matter. March's NICS were up 300%, with FFLs reporting 80% or more were first time new gun buyers… many of who rah-rah'd right along with the Parkland nonsense… that is 6 million NICS in on month. 2020 will clear 35-40 million easily… and it would be more if not for supply. Conservatively, that is one gun per check (and could really average more), not even counting– as the crusaders like to say– however many arms trade without such regulations. Ten percent of the (conservative) current estimate of 430 million arms! Since 2008, America has not had less than 20million NICS a year, and when it falls from 25million to 22 million, the industry calls it "a slump." Seriously. In 2019, the AR-15 type became America's most popular hunting rifle in use today, also. I could go on and on with the tea leaves… but literally every empirical indicator says more guns are here and coming, and gun control has zero chance to "succeed" in its failed, moot, futile aims.

    Point being… no matter how you slice it, truly: GUN CONTROL IS DEAD. It is a dead-ender, last-gasp "movement" of hysterics… and one day we will look at these Parkland crusaders and chuckle about them like we do the "T-Totalers" during prohibition. (Hopefully we lament how selfish adults manipulated and lied to children to "achieve" their misguided nonsense.) Guns and gun ownership and defensive gun use is growing across all demographics, across all America, regardless the regulations. Notwithstanding that the crusaders don't give a damn about lives saved by firearms (…yeah, I can type this, because I am alive).

    We just won't abide. We just won't comply. We will beat this hysterical, hypocritical gun control "movement" again and again. So, you might as well quit… for the folly is futile and pointless. Americans have spoken emphatically, and especially during the Coronial Era– the 2A has made us the most heavily armed civilian society in human history, and on balance, it has been the bedrock of our national stability for centuries. It will never change, or there will be no United States of America.

    TL;dr …shall not be infringed mfs

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