Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The NRA has declared war on America

Ana Marie Cox at The Guardian. links at site.

Wayne LaPierre and Co are not out merely to defend the Second Amendment or Newtown or gun laws anymore. They want you to pay the price for freedom and they want their money now

...NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre exhorted the crowd to a morally obligated vigilantism. He drew a vivid picture of a United States in utter decay and fragmented beyond repair, Mad Max-meets-Hunger Games, divided by Soylent Green:

We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping-mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all.

LaPierre's bleak vision is exaggerated dystopianism in service of sedition, a wide-ranging survey of targets that put justice against the intrusions of the IRS on a continuum with (as an advertisement he ran during his speech put it) workplace "bullies and liars".

You cannot have it both ways. You cannot be both winning and losing, alone but united, the minority but the majority. It is almost (almost!) as if Wayne LaPierre intended to mislead his audience with this whiplash oratory, intended to dizzy them into acceptance of his underlying message, which is almost disappointingly mundane: give us money. Give the NRA money. Give us money so we can create the legal environment that allows gun manufacturers to make more money so that they can give us more money.

Conspicuously absent from LaPierre’s list of grievances was any serious consideration of the economic system that might have a role destabilizing the society for which he pantomimes such concern. [...]

The problem with the NRA lies with the people who lead it.

No shit. I joined the NRA when I was in the service, in the days when you had to be sponsored ny an NRA member to join. My company commander sponsored me. I like firearms and the shooting sports and I enjoyed their magazine and that was about it.

I dropped my membership like a hot rock when the NRA went right-wing in the late '70s. It wasn't all that political before that.

It's WAY worse than that now. Now it's part of the "domestic enemies" that I swore to defend the Constitution from in my Oath of Enlistment which I never un-took.

BTW, there was a shooting near a town in Georgia today where folks are required by law to keep a gun. Where were all the "good guys with guns" anyway? Another right-wing lie perhaps? Or are they just afraid to actually go in harm's way and maybe get their AR-15 giant penises blown off?


montag said...

A drone strike on the NRA meeting hall could have taken out more terrorists than all the strikes in Pakistan and Yemen combined.

wkmaier said...


And amen.

Anonymous said...

Instead of the botched poisonings as death penalty, line up all the death row prisoners before a firing squad made up of gun nuts and NRA officials. As an added benefit, hide a couple of those hate-radio announcers in the target line.
That way everybody is happy and the prison population decreases too.

Yes ma'am, this IS sarcasm, but you wouldn't know if you listened to some of the gun nuts :-(

CAFKIA said...

Amen montag. Amen

Deirdra said...

All this is sheer biased, left-wing, commie, anti-American propaganda.

The real and true reality is that GUNS DO NOT KILL!!!

This fact is well documented and supported by worlwide statistics which show that any human being in USA has 30 to 40 times more chances of being murdered by a firearm than in France or UK, and 200 times more chances than in Japan.

Curiously, while getting hold a firearm in USA is easier than obtaining a meal voucher, it is extremely difficult in France or UK, and simply impossible in Japan.

Go figure!

I can't wait for the time when ICBMs and nuclear bombs will be available over the counter at K-Mart and Walmart, lol.

Gordon said...

No, Deirdra, guns don't kill but they make killing EASY and palatable to people who wouldn't - and shouldn't have the stomach for it, especially to do it up close. Guns are the coward's way.

The rest of youse are OK! :-)