As someone who follows gun news with obsessive, some would say maniacal fervor, I’m here to say that the NRA is the 800-pound gorilla that isn’t in the room. In general, America’s oldest civil rights organization doesn’t respond to journalists’ requests for comments. If there’s a high-profile gun-related tragedy in the news – such as the mom killed by her toddler at an Idaho Walmart – the NRA stays stum. Personally, I think it’s a mistake. It’s not enough to be America’s most powerful gun rights group; the NRA needs to be seen as America’s most powerful gun rights group. Strangely, gun control advocates are doing that for them . . .
“If you support gun manufacturers over schoolchildren, you just might be a redneck.” That’s Craig Johnston’s entirely predictable comment under a Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Facebook post. This one promotes MDA’s Twitter campaign against comedian Jeff Foxworthy and country singer Alan Jackson. Their transgression? The entertainers “agreed to open this year’s NRA convention after the NRA pushed to arm convicted criminals, blocked federal gun violence research, and board members promoted armed insurrection.” And told members to eat babies. The MDA campaign is hot the heels of their – well, a Newtown anti-gun group’s – campaign against . . .
You might think Alaskan teenagers would know what to do if a two-legged varmint makes camp, ballistically speaking. T’aint necessarily so. Enter Teens on Target, a firearms class that teaches youngsters in the Land of the Midnight Sun basic firearms safety and armed self-defense. Course founder Elaina Spraker told peninsulaclarion.com that the instruction was inspired by a conversation with her son . . .
Lech Marcinkowski, advisor to the president of the Republic of Poland, penned this piece in praise of the NRA. Republished with permission from Ammoland.com:
Despite all of the criticism directed at the National Rifle Association (NRA), I find their presence beneficial to democracy in the U.S. and I wish a similar organization appeared in my own country, Poland. As a Marshall Memorial Fellow, I recently met with NRA representatives in Washington, DC. This marked the first time I was confronted with a comprehensive set of arguments for bearing guns . . .
NRA Press Release [via ammoland.com]:
While the state of Connecticut ponders how to handle the owners of thousands of unregistered semi-automatic firearms and magazines in the state, an important NRA-backed case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s firearm and magazine bans is making its way through the federal courts. The case, Shew v. Malloy, was initiated on May 22, 2013, when lawyers on behalf of June Shew and several other plaintiffs . . .
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 . . .
Republished with permission from the NRA-ILA:
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 . . .