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The Law-Hating NRA Rolls Out More Laws

Friday, November 20th, 2015

 

While the nation watches the NRA try to explain why people on the Terrorist Watch List have “gun rights” as reported by the New York Daily News (pictured) it’s easy to forget the NRA’s other mission: hunter rights. In 2006, the NRA helped Safari Club International defeat an amendment to the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the House of Representative in 2006 that banned the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada. Yes polar bears.

 

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The NRA Doesn’t Hate All Gun Laws–Look at The Ones it Likes

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

The NRA hates the government’s jackbooted ATF agents and loves to whip up its wild-eyed prepper population: they’re coming to take your guns. Yet the NRA has quietly enacted a lot of regulations of its own which it relies on the same government jackbooted agents to enforce. Who can say hypocrite?
 
oppressFor example, the gun lobby-backed Tiahrt amendments tacked on to U.S. Department of Justice appropriations bills since 2003 prohibit ATF from releasing firearm trace data for use by cities, states, researchers, litigants and members of the public. Tiahrt amendments also mandate the destruction of all approved gun purchaser records within 24 hours and prohibit ATF from requiring gun dealers to submit their inventories to law enforcement.
 
Let’s get those bad guys!
 
The NRA actually got a program passed to help felons and others whose gun purchasing rights were revoked petition for them to be restored. “Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights,” said a chilling New York Times report in November of 2011. Why should someone’s gun rights be abridged just because they’re a violent criminal?
 
After the NRA got laws passed that make it legal for employees to bring their guns to work and leave them in the company parking lot, it added some spite. It pushed for laws in some states to make it illegal for employers to even ask if the employee brought a gun to work! It’s none of their business–until workplace shootings occur.
 
The bills are similar to the NRA’s moves to make it illegal for doctors to ask patients if they have guns in the home–those meddlers. Of course the NRA doesn’t mind doctors stitching up the children who find Dad’s gun practically every week.
 
The NRA has also pushed laws to make it illegal to publish the names and addresses of gun owners even though the information is considered in the public domain like real estate transfers. Guns make them so safe–owners don’t want anyone to know they have them. What will the neighbors think? What if bad guys break in and steal them? Maybe they need more guns to protect their guns.
 
Of course the NRA’s favorite law is the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which gives gun makers, gun dealers and trade groups complete legal immunity from negligence and product liability lawsuits. Passed after Columbine and Red Lake, but before Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora and Newtown, maybe the gun lobby knew what was coming.

 

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Indiana Murderer of Two Liked NRA

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

It is too early to know where 22-year-old Shawn Bair who opened fired at an Elkhart, Indiana grocery store on Wednesday, killing two, got his 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Did he waltz into a gun shop like the murderers Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Aurora), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard), Paul Ciancia (LAX airport) and Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois University)?

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Or did he get it via the criminal network which the gun lobby enables through blocking 1) dealer accounting of inventories 2) retained background records 3) a national registry 4) closing the gun show loophole 5) anti-straw purchaser legislation 6) smart gun technology and 7) even laws to require the reporting of stolen guns?

What a business plan the NRA has. First it tells followers that a regulation like mandatory smart technology is a prelude to gun confiscation and black helicopters will soon swirl over their roofs because the government is coming to take their guns. Then it whips up the paranoia further by saying criminals have somehow gotten armed as if the NRA itself doesn’t block laws addressing dealer inventory, gun show loopholes, straw purchasing and reporting of stolen guns. We don’t know how they got armed!

Why does the NRA even fight smart gun technology which would prevent a weapon from being fired except by specific authorized users? Why does it block a mechanism that would confound criminals and save lives? Isn’t the gun lobby against the “bad guys”? The reason is the criminal market is a big part of gun manufacturers’ sales. Why else have NRA lobbyists pushed through so much pro-criminal legislation usually in federal appropriation bills? “The criminals have guns” is the NRA’s sales pitch on behalf of gun manufacturers. “We made sure of that” is the unsavory truth that is left out.

At first blush Bair appears to be as disturbed as Adam Lanza, who killed first graders at Sandy Hook elementary school in late 2012. His Facebook page, according to Reuters, contains disturbing, bloody images and posts, including a man’s bloodied face. His “likes” include the National Rifle Association, God, and the National Association for Gun Rights.

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