Magnum-Force Lobby

The N.R.A. is the toughest gun in town

Rows of keypunch operators sit in the marble and granite eight-story office of the National Rifle Association in Washington, feeding information into humming computers. Each of the association's 1.8 million members is recorded by zip code, congressional district and past support for the N.R.A. The voting records of Congressmen and Senators, and their answers to an 18-question N.R.A. loyalty test, are also tabulated—and graded from A to F. When there is a battle to be waged, the press of a button can send Mailgrams to loyalists...

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