The Gray Lady’s headline – Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights? – is pure clickbait. National Review staff writer Charles C. W. Cooke’s editorial is as solid a pro-guns-for-everyone read as anything you’ll find on TTAG. After torturing his lead to reveal his skin color (white), Cooke embarks on a potted history of American gun control, revealed as an unconstitutional policy rooted in racism. The only real surprise: it’s in The New York Times! Which means, of course, there has to be some anti-gun rights element to the pro-gun screed. Which there is, in the form of a shot across the bow of the NRA . . .
The National Rifle Association is spending $11.4 million of its members’ money in its campaign to oust anti-gun politicians and defeat the universal background check referendum in Washington State. The above seven-minute gun rights apocalypse ad has garnered some 10k views, but the gun rights group’s 30-second spots are where the action is. Check out the anti-Hickenlooper ad after the jump, part of the NRA’s $1.3m political payback effort in the Rocky Mountain State. The NRA’s also hitting the airwaves in Arkansas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa and Louisiana. And supporting Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott and Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker. [Click here for a breakdown of their ad budget.] Will NRA-inspired gun rights voters exact their revenge on pols’ post-Newtown civilian disarmament legislation? Watch this space . . .
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Things have sure changed at the New York Times. In 1863, the newspaper used a Gatling gun to scare off a mob of draft protestors. Today, it can’t resist the temptation to put an anti-gun spin on things any chance it gets. This week, the Times ran an article titled “FBI Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000,” which claimed that a report recently released by the FBI found that “Mass shootings have risen dramatically in the past half-dozen years.” Say what? Come again? . . .
I’m not sure why the NRA’s videos generate so few views. They’re clear, concise, visually compelling, seamlessly edited and voiced by some of shooting’s best experts. Maybe it’s because some of the tips are a bit too dumbed down – even for newbies. The Jessie Duff long-range shooting video above, for example, makes shooting a 1000-yard target as simple as shooting a 50-yard target. It is so not. Then again, other videos in the Firearm Science series are perfectly judged. Click here for Jessie’s most excellent sight alignment video. Still, given the cash invested in creating these videos, you’d hope the gun rights org with 5m+ members could garner more attention for their YouTube handiwork. The NRA’s action-packed All Access Web Clip Tactical Police Competition, for example, has just 438 views at the time of this writing. I think it’s all about the marketing – or lack thereof. Which isn’t as easy – I mean difficult – as a 1000-yard shot.
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 . . .