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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.

 

Do you work for or patronize any of these top companies? Tell them to get off the sidelines and take a stand for gun safety.

 

The NRA is a Lot Like the Criminals It Arms

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

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Like Colin Ferguson who killed six and injured 19 on a Long Island commuter train in 1993, the NRA likes to pretend it’s the good guy and “another guy” did the bad stuff.

“Did you see the suspect?” Colin Ferguson asked Donald Daley, the Nassau County homicide detective who personally questioned him after the massacre, at a hearing a year later. “Yes, I saw you,” replied the detective to Ferguson’s delusional question. “We put you in the interview room and you said your name was Colin Ferguson.”

“Are you able to assist the jury in any way in identifying the man who shot you?” Ferguson asked Kevin McCarthy a month later in the same vein, while serving as his own attorney during the trial. McCarthy was shot in the head and his father killed during the Long Island Rail Road massacre.

The NRA hates the “bad guys” but also arms them. A quarter of gun manufacturers’ yearly sales are to criminals according to a 1999 NAACP lawsuit. It has actually barred the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from putting gun sales records into a central database to catch the bad guys. Yet the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre said, “So, we’re going to make all those law-abiding people go through the system, and then we aren’t going to prosecute any of the bad guys if they do catch one,” on Capitol Hill this week with a straight face.

The NRA hates “bad guys” but helps them get their weapons back after revocation for criminal convictions, domestic battery and mental incapacitation; in Illinois 4,000 gun owners with revoked rights still have their weapons and 90 percent of mental health records are missing from the FBI database.

The NRA deplores crooked gun dealers but pushed through a provision in the Firearm Owners Protection Act that prohibits more than one unannounced inspection a year by ATF. It’s also pushed through laws to make it difficult to revoke dealers’ licenses and to identify dealers who falsify sales records. The NRA points to Chicago’s gun homicide rate as proof that “gun laws don’t work” while supporting operations like Chuck’s Gun Shop, on the outskirts of Chicago, where 1,300 weapons seized by police on the streets over the last four years were purchased.

The NRA says it’s a “civil rights” organization defending the “human right” of self-defense and protecting defenseless women but maintains an enemies list that includes doctors, nurses, teachers, poets, musicians and people of faith. It calls 200-pound gun owners the real victims after school massacres because their Second Amendment rights are under attack.

Finally, the NRA condemns delusional criminals like Colin Ferguson, James Holmes, Jared Loughner, Wade Page and Seung-Hui Cho but stands by the background checks the mass shooters sailed through. Mass shootings double and triple gun sales–everyone knows that. Can you identify the organization that arms these bad guys? END

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