The NRA evidently names a Country Artist of the Month. Probably on a monthly basis. For some reason. Anyway, in case you missed the news, Trace Adkins got the nod for January. As a nameless PR flack somewhere wrote for him, “I support NRA Country because they share my love of the outdoors and my wish to safeguard America’s hunting heritage. I am Trace Adkins and I am NRA Country.” All of which seems to have the tiresome and inconsequential PETA people in a lather. But not for the reason you’d think…
You’d sort of expect PETA’s petulant publicists to bitch about someone prominent publicly mentioning that they enjoy hunting. As is well established, they press the auto-outrage button on anyone who kills anything with a face, whether it’s for fun, profit, food or any other valid reason. But this time they’ve contorted themselves into an impressively ridiculous position in order to somehow criticize Adkins because a teenager was shot in Texas.
You may have read about the Brownsville fifteen-year-old shot and killed by police after brandishing a realistic pellet gun in school. From all reports and the 911 tapes, it appears to be a justified shoot. He failed to drop the gun when confronted by the cops; the responding officers had no way of knowing the kid wasn’t holding a real gun.
Anyway, it must have been a slow day around the PETA compound because they managed to draw a connection between Adkins’ NRA, uh, honor and the kid in Brownsville. femalefirst.co.uk reports:
But animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are using the Texas tragedy to urge Adkins to reconsider his gun stance.
Spokeswoman Wendy Wegner tells Wenn, “The debate over hunting boils down to one question – do we teach our kids to kill or to be kind?
“When an eighth-grade child can be shot and killed by the police for taking a gun to school, perhaps we should be considering the real influence that this blood sport and the Nra’s (sic) promotion of it have on America’s youth.
“Only seven per cent of the American public hunts, and that puts Trace and the Nra way out of step with the rest of the country, which opposes killing for fun”.
Yup. The American public is gonna come around to PETA’s [convoluted] way of thinking any day now. I can feel it. In fact, I’m going to send in a contribution just as soon as I finish this medium rare hamburger.