“There’s more to the leadership of the National Rifle Association than the gun-crazy Wayne LaPierre, and it’s getting offensively worse,”a nydailynews.com op ed opines. “By profession, [newly elected NTA Prez James] Porter is an Alabama lawyer. Last June, he came to New York to speak about gun rights at the yearly meeting at the Wallkill Rod and Pistol Association, located in Orange County. Porter noted, believe it or not, that the NRA was actually founded in this state.” No way! Way! During his speech, the Southern gun rights advocate—who advocates for African Americans’ right to keep and bear arms—revealed himself to be a racist. Well, according to The Daily News . . .
“It was started by some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the War of Northern Aggression. Now, y’all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the War of Northern Aggression down South.”
See what he didn’t do there? I suspect Porter was joking when he made this remark. You know; playing the dozens with his northern audience with a little friendly Southern – Yankee shooting-reated banter.
Anyone who thinks Porter wasn’t joking—that he’s a racist—should probably do a little Google searching to see if he’s ever made a racist statement before . . .
I got nothing. The anonymous Daily News editorialist doesn’t see it that way. At all.
Only unreconstructed fans of the Confederate defense of slavery characterize the North as the party in the wrong in battling to eradicate America’s original sin and preserve the union. Implicitly, they believe that Abraham Lincoln should have stood idle in the face of barbaric evil.
Huh. I guess that whole “state’s rights” debate’s got nothing to do with it then. Anyway, political correctness is its; own reward when you’re trying to fine something, anything to characterize an organization as the enemy.
Especially when you’re preparing the ground for a violent conflict to come which, this writer believes, will culminate in the federal government labeling the NRA a terrorist group. (More on that in a future post). Defining the battlespace, I believe it’s called.
Read this in that context:
Way out on the fringe, he contended in the same 2012 speech that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder were pushing for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty to take American citizens’ guns away.
The man is poisonously nuts, and his stance on the Civil War is an affront to all Americans, black, white and other. The question can fairly be asked:
As it holds sacred an extreme reading of the Second Amendment, does the NRA also subscribe to the Civil War’s constitutional progeny, the Thirteenth, abolishing slavery; the Fourteenth, providing equal protection under state laws, and the Fifteenth, guaranteeing blacks the right to vote?
That’s flat-out inflammatory. Get ready for more. The NRA’s victory in Congress, its swelling membership (from four million to five million since Newtown), has statists spoiling for a fight. “This is only round one,” President Obama promised.
I’ll say this about that: Porter better bring his A game. He’s going to need it.