Leftists Plan Protests Against NRA-H&R Block Promotion

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:20 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - An organization aligned with a left-wing coalition of animal rights, homosexual and abortion advocacy groups is targeting one of the nation's largest tax preparation services for its promotion with the National Rifle Association.

The group Gun Industry Watch, a student group affiliated with the Alliance for Justice, is planning to protest the H&R Block company because the tax firm has teamed up with the NRA.

The tax preparation service is promising a donation to the NRA anytime a member of the 2nd Amendment rights group has his or her taxes prepared by H&R Block.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, accused the NRA of opposing efforts to make guns safer and save lives, and she urges H&R Block to examine gun statistics before making contributions to the NRA.

In a statement, Gun Industry Watch claimed, "The majority of Americans support stricter gun safety laws and we're betting that they don't want to have their taxes prepared by a company that is working with the chief opponent of gun safety laws."

The group is also promising student protests at H&R Block offices unless the company ends its affiliation with the NRA.

Aside from Gun Industry Watch, a sampling of other members of the Alliance for Justice includes the National Organization for Women, the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Foundation, the National Education Association and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

But the NRA sees nothing wrong with the partnership. "It's a free country. H&R Block is a lawful enterprise and the NRA is a law abiding organization," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

H&R Block did not return phone calls Friday seeking further comment.

The company has more than 9,000 tax offices and 98 financial centers in the United States, with more than 1,000 offices in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, according to the company's Internet web site, which also said H&R Block serves "more than 19 million taxpayers worldwide."

The NRA has a nearly century-long record of promoting gun safety and backs strict prosecution of criminals who misuse guns.

The 2nd Amendment group's youth safety efforts date back to 1903, with efforts to form rifle clubs at American colleges, universities and military academies.

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