The interests of rank-and-file members of prominent U.S. sportsmen’s groups are being steadily undercut by the increasing influence over those organizations by the oil and gas industry as it seeks to push development into protected wildlife habitat and privatize public lands.
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One year after Congress failed to pass a background check bill that 90 percent of Americans supported, groups to combat the National Rifle Association are pledging to take the gun lobby head on like never before.
At least one Democratic senator is already planning to oppose Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's Surgeon General nominee, over his gun violence prevention stance. The gun lobby has been actively pushing the Senate to reject Murthy's nomination.