Back when the Dems were pushing for a federal law mandating an FBI background check for anyone buying or selling a gun anywhere to anyone for any reason, the party of civilian disarmament attempted to portray the opposition as “extremists” out of touch with “most gun owners.” Before that, they tried to drive a wedge between “gun nuts” with “assault weapons” and “hunters and sportsmen.” Or was that at the same time? Here’s an NRA-centric update on ye olde divide and conquer anti-gun agit prop from David Tigabu [above] at policymic.com . . .
NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre made news again after his recent appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press when he discussed the recent shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Parroting previous talking points, LaPierre called for more weaponry on hand at the location of the tragedy, and criticized the country’s health system. What’s striking about this television appearance, and every other one of his for that matter, is the NRA’s steadfast refusal to acknowledge their product’s culpability.
LaPierre’s call for more guns in military units is unsurprising. After all, the more guns the military buys, the better is it for the NRA and it’s corporate masters like Remington and Bushmaster. LaPierre’s call for increased arms as a solution for gun violence demonstrates a glaring conflict-of-interest. That this has not been brought up yet is shameful.
Quite how the NRA’s call for more armed security at military bases is a conflict of interest is beyond my powers of reasoning. And it’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that the NRA is the gun manufacturers’ bitch, rather than a grassroots organization. But I see what Mr. Tigabu’s doing. The gun control folks can’t have people thinking the NRA has grassroots support.
Nor can the American University Poli Sci grad (whose Facebook page lists Goodfellas as one of his favorite movies) have people believing that the NRA has any crime control ideas worthy of consideration—even when it does.
The call for an improved mental health system coupled with more armament is nothing more than a sleight of hand. The NRA’s “remedies” for curbing gun violence are similar to the cheesy yet effective Chick Fil-A advertising campaigns starring cows pushing people to eat more chicken. Of course, the NRA does not like tragedies like the recent shooting. It’s just more interested in protecting the manufacturers — er, I mean members — and they will stop at nothing to absolve their products of culpability.
Those nasty guns. I blame them! Well, someone does. And when you go down that road, well, you see what happens. You stop making sense. Whatever else you can say about the NRA—and I’ve said plenty—they’re logically (and financially) consistent. Their critics, not so much.