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NRA, Betsy Witter, Senate Intelligence Committee discussed on 1A

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I'm Sarah, Gwen, Silas, and on the latest planet money are there. Too many dollar stores some cities want to ban them. I've never said we don't want any offset. We have too many that's on planet money. Welcome back to one A. It's Todd's willik infra Joshua Johnson. Today. We're talking about the latest financial and political turmoil. At the National Rifle Association Betsy Witter is with me in the studio. She's politics reporter for the Daily Beast. She's been on the NRA story. Bruce emails I was a member of the NRA in the fifties. When the organization's focus was on gun safety. But no more the NRA's obsession. The second amendment began in nineteen seventy seven when Harlan Carter became executive vice president and ginned up anti-gun control hysteria to increase membership and political inference it worked. That's what Bruce has to say Betsy. I mentioned you mentioned Maria boot, Anna just before the break a piece of news from just last week who was just sentenced to eighteen months. She gets credit for time served after pleading guilty essentially to serving as a Russian agent and using the NRA to gain access to conservative Republicans that seems to have been her her strategy there. How much of a difference has this made to the organization given all of their other problems. It has basically poured gasoline on the internal fires within the organization. Of course. This is something that seriously damaged its reputation. It gave ample fodder to the NRA's already energized. Critics who say that this is another part of sort of the. Unsavory work that the NRA is done to try to influence American politics. The NRA, of course, has defended itself. Robustly on my understanding is they are cooperating widely with the Senate intelligence committee. They've shared a ton of materials with that committee on and I don't I don't have any knowledge of the NRA being the target of any federal investigations. So some of the allegations that you perhaps have been floating around sort of in the Twitter's fear..