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 . . .
The National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation is launching their 2014 “Trigger the Vote” Voter Registration Campaign. But because a pun does not a pro-gun voter movement make, the NRA’s once again turning to Chuck Norris to kick some PR ass. The diminutive, plastic surgery-friendly action hero will lead The Campaign to Defend our Freedom. Perhaps not the ideal person to lead a “vigorous non-partisan voter registration program;” Chuck is so right wing the American flag salutes him. The new triggerthevote.org website is user-friendly and NRA branding shy, but it shows where America’s oldest civil rights organization missed a trick. Fellow NRA member, champion shooter and Taurean Jessie Duff absolutely rocks the vote! Full press release after the jump . . .
TTAG reader Hollis Fligg IV posted this image on our Facebook page. The two main custom-made bumper stickers read “THE NRA SLAUGHTERS CHILDREN FOR PROFIT” and “Not all mass child killers use guns Most use their vote.” This is our third recent post on NRA demonization. I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve become more aware of the sentiment, if it’s become more prevalent, if people who hold that view are becoming more socially acceptable (thank you civilian disarmament campaigners) or if the antis are becoming more desperate and, thus bolder. I like to think it’s the latter. But make no mistake: gun control advocates will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. As they say, keep your powder dry.
“’I am the guy that has seen both sides of the issue,’ (new CNN host John) Walsh told reporters Monday. ‘I own guns. I’m the father of a murdered child. I’ve done nothing but track violence in America since my son was murdered. We have a serious problem with guns in this country. And we refuse to address it. And the NRA solution to arm every grammar-school 80-year-old teacher with a gun is absolutely ludicrous.’” So let’s see if we have this straight. Now that CNN’s viewership has fallen below that of even MSNBC, their strategy for clawing their way back toward tragedy TV ratings respectability is to resuscitate the long-defunct ‘America’s Most Wanted’ franchise under a new name…and let the show’s host pick up the fallen Piers Morgan’s anti-gun mantle . . .
Yesterday, we deconstructed Michael Bloomberg’s gun control questionnaire; the former New York City mayor’s political purity test for unlocking hizzoner’s $50m campaign war chest. Today, I noticed that newyorkmag.com noticed something about the survey that I hadn’t noticed. “Everytown for Gun Safety says it’s ready to begin surveying federal candidates about their positions on gun issues as the first step in its plan to sway the midterm elections — however, candidates won’t receive a letter grade after completing the questionnaire.” Ha! I told you Bloomberg was playing the NRA’s game, only worse. Here’s the thing . . .
We talked about doing it. We thought about doing it. And now we finally really did it. We collected some of the antis’ more offensive comments for TTAG readers’ dining and dancing pleasure. Well, “we” didn’t do it; Travis Pike’s done did it on our behalf. We’re running this feature to highlight the antis’ insanity and remind the pro-gun side that they’re facing intransigence with a capital WTF. Today, it’s death to the NRA underneath an image [above] dissing America’s oldest civil rights advocacy group on the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence’s Facebook page . . .