by Elliot Fineman
CEO – Founder
National Gun Victims Action Council
June 2, 2018
Teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting are civil terrorists says Oliver North, the new NRA president. The unarmed teens are guilty of “intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking” and “a frontal assault,” he said in a recent Washington Times interview.
Not only are the unarmed teens who barely escaped death on February 14, 2018 terrorists, the NRA, which offensively calls itself a “civil rights organization,” is as victimized as African Americans! The teens’ activism harkens back to “the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things,” said North.
This is not the first time NRA leaders have likened their organization to oppressed African Americans. A few years ago, NRA board member Ted Nugent compared gun owners to Rosa Parks, the civil rights figure who refused to obey a bus driver’s order to give up her seat in the “colored section” to a white passenger after the whites-only section was filled, in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
“There will come a time when the gun owners of America, the law-abiding gun owners of America, will be the Rosa Parks and we will sit down on the front seat of the bus, case closed,” he said in an interview.”
Nugent also had some words about the Parkland activists. They are “waging a war against ordinary Americans everywhere,” he said.
It is hard to know which claim reflects more mental incapacity. That an organization that fights for the “gun rights” of people on the Terror Watch and No Fly lists, convicted felons, domestic abusers and people who have been hospitalized for mental illness is a “civil rights” group.
Or that an organization whose lobbying has handcuffed the ATF, granted gun makers total immunity from lawsuits and defeated laws for universal background checks, mandatory training for carriers, safe gun storage, limits on magazine capacity is somehow “victimized”?
Neither Oliver North nor Ted Nugent could ever be referred to as “law-abiding.” In 1989, North was convicted of aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, ordering the destruction of documents and accepting an illegal gratuity to fund Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
Nugent is a self-confessed draft-dodger, violated at least 11 California hunting laws and called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” who should “suck on my machine gun.”
Yet these moronic spokesmen liken the NRA to Rosa Parks and African Americans living under Jim Crow laws and declare the Parkland Survivors terrorists, while pushing their lethal, pro-gun agenda.
I discuss the simplistic irrationality of the NRA “myth machine” in my upcoming book to be released this summer and explain why we need pay no attention to it to end the gun violence epidemic now.