Watch: Behind the NRA’s Phony UN Conspiracy Theory


The National Rifle Association went on the attack this week over a landmark international arms treaty signed by the United States, claiming it will jeopardize Americans’ right to bear arms and even lead to mass confiscation of their guns. Mother Jones senior editor Mark Follman spoke with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell about how the influential gun lobby hypes misinformation to protect the $12 billion a year gun industry. Watch:

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Mark Follman is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories and follow him on Twitter.

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