I don't understand how the NRA with, at best, a membership of 5 million has the pull it does in the US.
We all vote. And we all vote based specifically on this issue. More than a few of us use NRA/GOA endorsements as the deciding factor in who we will vote for and against in every race of every election.
And most of us are in rural congressional districts, where we have more than enough numbers to swing the election results for those districts. The political parties need those rural districts if they want a majority. Therefore they need us.
parents who, by all rights, should have much larger voice in this battle than
Ultimately it is the US Constitution that has the largest voice.
Even if parents were to somehow get an unconstitutional law passed, the courts would just strike it down.
professional industry shills.
That's part of why you don't understand the NRA's power. The NRA represents their members, not "the gun industry".
All that nonsense about the NRA representing the gun industry is just propaganda.