I’m assuming ammoland.com created this image for their join-the-NRA post, Are You One of the Good Guys? Not the NRA. Which is a shame. Or is it? I’m not sure. Every time I link to an Israeli supermodel I get accused of sexism. In our last post-demographic survey pow-wow, TTAG readers rejected snaps of attractive women in the firearms industry (a.k.a., “booth babes”) and suchlike. Call me a creeper (you wouldn’t be the first), but I reckon The People of the Gun should show the world that we’re genetically gifted. Even (especially?) the NRA. Make the jump for the official NRA recruitment video, featuring their supermodels. Sexy enough? . . .
When bitching about their failure to pass gun control laws, the civilian disarmament industrial complex refers to their antagonists as “the gun lobby.” It’s better (for them) than referencing “the broad coalition of gun owners, retailers, firearms and ammunition manufacturers and pro-gun lobby groups supporting Americans natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.” When the antis use the term “gun lobby” it’s shorthand for the NRA and gun makers. NOT owners or retailers. Shining a light on that connection would mean admitting that guns are popular. But we know the truth. As does the NRA. Which is why they’ve teamed-up with Cabela’s . . .
The National Rifle Association has anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg in its proverbial sights. As you can see in the video above – one of a series attacking the former New York City Mayor for bankrolling America’s civilian disarmament movement – the NRA pits “big city” big bucks Bloomberg against rural America (amber waves of grain and all that). Yes, well, the pro-gun folks in Washington state are yelling “hello?” Where’s our cash? So much so their kvetching has caught the eye of the Washington Post . . .
The NRA’s house mag recently portrayed MDA jefe Shannon Watts as a 50′s hausfrau. The image was meant ironically. Or was it? The NRA recruitment ad above (which looks more like a spot for the Mormons) paints a nostalgic picture of a morally upright, two-parent, 2.4-member American family who talked instead of texted and never “forced their values upon us.” Huh? Single parents have more than tripled as a share of American households since 1960. According to singlemotherguide.com, some 12 million families in the U.S. are headed by a single parent, the majority of which (83.3%) are single mothers. If the NRA wants to remain relevant, it needs to move on from the Leave it to Beaver archetype and appeal to today’s families, blended, wired and [supposedly] dysfunctional as they are. Just sayin’ . . .
The NRA’s new political ad adheres to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Specifically rule 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The target in question is anti-ballistic billionaire bully boy Michael Bloomberg. washingtonpost.com says the NRA’s forking-out $500k to show the ad in Colorado and . . . elsewhere. “Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and our five million members,” executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action Chris Cox declared. “We will not sit back and let him use his billions of dollars to impose his radical anti-freedom agenda on the American people.” The ad paints Bloomberg as a Big City outsider trying to ban rural voters’ snack foods, sodas and guns. One problem . . .
God bless the Gun Owners of America. Where the National Rifle Association considers the Brady Bill – mandating an FBI background check for the purchase of any firearm from a federal firearm licensee – above political reproach, the GOA is happy to point out that the entire system is a fraud. An unconstitutional, expensive piece of security theater that creates a federal gun registry (form 4473) enabling gun confiscation. The GOA may always live off the crumbs falling from the NRA’s table, but they provide food for the souls of gun rights absolutists everywhere.
I gave the NRA you-know-what for choosing Chuck Norris to lead its “Trigger the Vote” campaign. If you’ve read any of Mr. Norris’ essays at ammoland.com or elsewhere, you’ll know that the diminutive actor’s politics are to moderates what kryptonite is to The Man of Steel. Speaking of cartoon characters, someone at the NRA got a knock in their head (as my daughter used to put it). They realized that Mr. Norris’ appeal to [non-voting] hipsters lies in his status as an iconic, ironic figure of fun. The gun rights group created this non-partisan, non-gun, pro-voting ad to tap into that gestalt. [Much better than Chuck's last effort.] Although I wish there were more Chuck Norris jokes and less “power to the people” proselytizing, I think it works. Then again, by shying away from 2A issues, I’m not sure it works for gun rights. What say you?
NRA commentator Don Raso posted a video Sunday [above] in which the former Spec Ops commentator argued that blind people should be able to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. When anti-gunners caught wind of his message they raised holy hell (e.g. former Perkins School for the Blind jefe Steven Rothstein’s comment to bostonglobe.com: “This video is not only disturbing but also misleading and they are using individuals who are visually impaired in a cynical attempt to further their extremist position on gun control.”) On Thursday, the NRA pulled Raso’s vid. So the pro-gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America popped Raso’s spot up on their YouTube channel. Hang on . . .
When the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated made the ill-conceived, poorly constructed and downright dangerous Remington R51 their cover girl, the buff book’s street cred took an enormous self-inflicted hit. Shooting Illustrated’s loss was the consumer’s gain. I reckon R51-gate triggered a new spirit of truthiness. Another NRA pub American Rifleman, in particular, seems to be feeling its editorial oats. To wit: 7 Reasons Why Pocket Pistol
Suck May Not Be For You. I’m picking up what B. Gil Horman’s putting down. I mean, I’m not picking up the pistols that B. Gil Horman’s putting down. I mean, SPOILER ALERT! . . .
If you’ve been reading these pages in the last few months, you’re probably aware that the lefty magazine Mother Jones has been on its own anti-gun jihad of late. Apparently supremely peeved by the lack of anti-RKBA progress — particularly on the national level — in the 18 months since Sandy Hook, the gloves have clearly come off. And, like most members of the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, pro-gun public enemy number one is, was, and always will be the National Rifle Association and its 5 million members. As seen by Second Amendment foes, the NRA is the 800-pound gorilla of gun rights advocacy, the lobbying colossus that bestrides Capitol Hill striking righteous fear into the hearts of any who would presume to oppose them. Which means they must be struck down at any cost. And that explains MoJo’s article recounting NRA general counsel Robert Dowlut’s 1964 murder conviction . . .
Billy Johnson’s genius is in his tendency to look at things from a different angle – one you may not have considered – and then present his point simply and clearly. In his latest piece for the NRA, ‘Everyone Gets a Gun’, he notes that unlike the nation’s polices promoting things likes free speech, equal employment, home ownership and higher eduction, when it comes to firearms, America has an anti-gun policy. That’s based on the premise that we need to be protected from firearms. Then he really strays over to the dark side, asking, “What would happen if we designed gun policy around the assumption that people need guns — that guns make people’s lives better?” Why, that would mean creating guns-required zones, rewarding people for arming themselves, teaching firearms safety and competency from an early age. Can you conceive of a world in which we deal with guns as a need rather than a problem to be regulated and controlled? We know one person who sure can’t . . .
“A new video commentary released by the NRA references the Holocaust and other instances of persecution to advance the baseless claim that ‘the government is collecting more and more gun registration data which could be used against gun owners in the form of full confiscation,’” Timothy Johnson writes at the 501(c)(3) non-profit “progressive research and information center” known as mediamatters.org. “The NRA frequently uses the Holocaust to fearmonger about gun rights, and has on three recent occasions been rebuked by civil rights group Anti-Defamation League for misappropriating the history of the Holocaust.” In other words, Media Matters agrees with the ADL that gun registration has nothing to do with the Holocaust. Perhaps they didn’t read . . .