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The only thing the NRA hates more than gun grabbers are moderates within its own ranks

Monday, August 17th, 2015

 

It has been eight years since successful outdoors personality and big game hunter Jim Zumbo spoke out against military style weapons for hunting. “Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity. I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles,” he wrote on a blog. “We don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them.”

 

Who remembers what happened? Zumbo was called a “turncoat” who has “put a stake in our hearts” by gun advocates and stripped almost overnight of his weekly TV show on the Outdoors network and position as hunting editor with Outdoor Life magazine. Zumbo’s show were restored only after he flew to NRA board member Ted Nugent’s Texas ranch to learn the beauty of so-called “black rifles,” for hunting animals.

 

Zumbo even issued an unctuous recantation. “I’ll do all I can to educate others who are, or were, as ignorant as I was about ‘black’ rifles and the controversy that surrounds them,” he vowed. “My promise to you is that I’ll learn all I can about these firearms, and by the time this week is out, I’ll order one.” In the words of George Orwell, Zumbo loved Big Brother, too.

 

Flash forward to 2013 when a call for mandatory gun-owner training in the magazine Guns & Ammo also activated the NRA’s Taliban wing. Why? Requiring training for people walking around with lethal weapons is a clear violation of “gun rights.” Within hours contributing editor Dick Metcalf was terminated and the magazine’s editor Jim Bequette resigned. “The government should not deem it necessary to micromanage the citizen exercise of essential rights,” an NRA quote on the Wisconsin Gun Owners website clarifies.

 

Last year after initially terming Texas open carry hooligans who mass together, intimidating the public “downright weird” and not a “practical” way “to defend yourself,” the NRA reversed itself. The condemnation was “a mistake” and” shouldn’t have happened,” said NRA’s Chris Cox, adding “our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.”

 

The NRA was not always the gun extremist group with strong white power overtones it is today. (NRA board member Ted Nugent wears a Confederate Flag when performing, for example.) It was known for promoting marksmanship and gun safety–not prepping for an upcoming showdown with the government. In the 1930’s, NRA President Karl T. Frederick even said, “I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

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In 1967, California Gov. Ronald Reagan, an NRA member, proclaimed “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons,” when 24 Black Panther Party members walked into the California Statehouse legally carrying rifles. Imagine what would happen if a politician and NRA member made a statement like that today.

 

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These Defeats Show the NRA is a Paper Tiger

Monday, January 12th, 2015

 

Many Americans think the NRA is powerful. It certainly blocked new gun legislation after the Sandy Hook shootings which it blamed on violent video games as it called for arming teachers. Right.

 

But soon after the Virginia Tech shootings, Georgia politicians served the NRA a resounding defeat. It tried to push a bill through allowing gun owners to hide firearms in their cars without even passing carry permit background checks. The bill also made it illegal for employers and property owners to ban guns on their property. The NRA even circulated a letter from Chris Cox, warning Georgia lawmakers if they tried to add hostile amendments or not vote, they could expect a bad grade from the gun group.

 

But despite its threats, the NRA couldn’t raise a vote and ended up getting its own “F.”

 

Things were even worse in Florida, the so-called Gunshine state where you don’t even need a permit to buy a firearm and can buy more than one at a time. A week after the Virginia Tech shootings, a guns-in-parking-lot bill was defeated in the Florida House of Representatives by a 10-4 vote!

 

Then there was the NRA’s ill-fated boycott of ConocoPhillips in 2005 when the energy giant dared to challenge the Oklahoma law preventing companies from banning loaded guns in employee cars and 12 employees were fired.

 

“ConocoPhillips went to federal court to attack your freedom,” NRA leader Wayne LaPierre thundered. “We’re going to make ConocoPhillips the example of what happens when a corporation takes away your Second Amendment rights. If you are a corporation that’s anti-gun, anti-gun owner, or anti-Second Amendment, we will spare no effort or expense to work against you, to protect the rights of your law-abiding employees.”

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But nothing happened! There was no limping quarterly report, no reaction from ConocoPhillips or palliative corporate statement. Not even a mention on the web site.

 

Did the NRA really think it could intimidate the nation’s largest integrated energy company like it does state politicians? Hello?

 

(And did the NRA really think Florida employers and property owners want its constituents blowing a fuse in their parking lots with loaded guns?)

 

Then there was the NRA’s anti-UN histrionics because the UN was clearly planning to grab Americans’ weapons. Everyone knows that. The NRA staged a demonstration outside the UN building on a day it was closed. (The press had a lot of fun with that.) The embarrassingly paranoid signs said “Support Our Human Right To Guns and Self-Defense, And Protest the Gun Control Schemes of the United Nations.”

 

Tell corporate America to take a stand against gun violence and the paper tiger NRA.  When corporations want sane gun laws, we will have sane gun laws. @GunVictimsAct


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