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WHY WOULD WE EVER TALK TO THEM?

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

April 15, 2018

 

by Elliot Fineman

Founder and CEO

National Gun Victims Action Council  

 

 

It has been two months since the Parkland high school massacre yet shocking, hateful comments continue to surface from public pro-gun figures. Most recently, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, tweeted that students who marched in the National School Walkout Day should “pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when u give up freedoms and why we have them.” To emphasize her idiotic point, she included an image of shoes of Holocaust victims.

 

 

Ms. Thomas should be the one picking up a history book. Instead she displays her utter ignorance by citing the Hitler analogy which has been disproved so many times. In point of fact, had the Jews not had their guns confiscated by the Nazis, there would have been 135,000 Jewish men and young boys who would have had guns (presumably rifles) and, according to Ms. Thomas and the pro-gunners, been able to do what no invaded country such as France, Hungary, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands had been able to do: defeat the might and power of the Third Reich.

 

The absurdity of this position is matched only by the delusional assertion that the students who marched for improving gun safety laws in fact really want to give up their freedoms. (Misguided pro-gun sentiment evidently runs in the family. In 2016, Clarence Thomas broke decades of total silence on the bench to observe that the right to own a gun should not be infringed upon by a mere misdemeanor for domestic violence, thus advocating the absolute right of domestic abusers to purchase and own guns.)

 

But there’s more. Jamie Allman, another distinguished idiot and a conservative TV and radio commentator in the St. Louis area, said that he would use a “hot poker” on Parkland spokesman David Hogg.

 

Not to be undone, Leslie Gibson, a declared Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives called Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian” in a tweet.

 

Better known distinguished idiots also weighed in. Fox News’ Laura Ingraham taunted David Hogg over being rejected from colleges and NRA board member Ted Nugent called the Parkland shooting survivors “liars” and “poor, mushy-brained children” and urged people to “keep your gun handy” to shoot those who agree with them on sight.

 

The inability of pro-gunners to empathize with gun violence survivors but rather to openly attack them defies belief. It is like attacking victims of a plane or train crash who are seeking better transportation safety laws. It is downright ghoulish.

It is reminiscent of the Westboro Baptist Church which dishonored the funerals of U.S. soldiers who died in combat with anti-LGBT accusations and slurs.

 

It is naive to think there can be any point in conversation with pro-gunners like this about gun safety regulations or reform. They have nothing to say and cannot hear. Best of all, we do not need to waste a moment talking to them. We have the numbers (100 million who want gun safety laws versus one million who want none). We can end the gun violence epidemic quickly, on our own. I discuss how to do this in my upcoming book to be released in June.

 

 

2016 New Year’s Resolutions for the NRA

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

NRA Resolutions
January 2, 2016
 

  1. We will stop referring to ourselves as a “civil rights” organization defending “human rights.” It is a sacrilege to every victim of civil or human rights violations.
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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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White Supremacy Goes To The Top Of NRA Leadership

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Chicago- May 16, 2015
 
White supremacists and hate groups are some of the nation’s biggest gun advocates, preaching insurrection and stockpiling weapons against impending government tyranny like the NRA which uses the same paranoia to prevent a registry and universal background checks. Here come the black helicopters!
 
A year ago, white supremacist and Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller was charged with killing three outside two Jewish community centers in Kansas City. Weeks later, Jerad and Amanda Miller fatally shot two Las Vegas policemen attaching a swastika to one officer’s lifeless body.
 
“We believe that they equate government and law enforcement … with Nazis,” Second Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters about the duo. “In other words, they believe that law enforcement is the oppressor.”
 
The NRA’s “law-enforcers-are-oppressors” rhetoric is so over the top, former President George H. Bush actually resigned the gun organization. “I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack on federal agents as ‘jack-booted thugs,'” he wrote to the NRA. “To attack Secret Service agents or A.T.F. people or any government law enforcement people as ‘wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms’ wanting to ‘attack law abiding citizens’ is a vicious slander on good people.”
 
And who can forget Wade Michael Page’s 2012 rampage in which he fatally shot six people and wounded four at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin because of their ethnicity? Page was a white supremacist who played in neo-Nazi bands.
 
Here in Chicago, where NGVAC is located, gun lovers on hate sprees are chillingly common. Six month ago, Chicago suburban police arrested John White for criminal damage to a Lombard synagogue. Police found White “driving recklessly all over the synagogue property, both on and off the pavement” reported the Chicago Sun-Times and seven of the synagogue’s windows had been smashed. When police searched White’s home they found “thousands of rounds of ammunition, a shotgun, rifle and four handguns.” Nice.
 
In 1999, white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a racist shooting rampage killing Northwestern University Mens Basketball Coach Ricky Byrdsong and Won-Joon Yoon, a computer science doctoral student. He also wounded nine Orthodox Jews and an African-American minister, literally driving around looking for minorities to shoot and kill.
 
Despite an order of protection filed by an ex-girlfriend, Smith was issued a gun owners ID card and a legal gun owner at one time. The hate spree spawned a yearly event called the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate.
 
Hate rhetoric and white supremacy go to the very top of the NRA. Longtime NRA Board Member Ted Nugent has called President Obama a “sub-human mongrel”–a remark almost identical to the Kansas City Klan shooter’s claim that the white race is “drowning literally in seas of colored mongrels.” Why is Nugent an NRA board member? Why has he been one for 20 years?
 
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Best Argument For Gun Regulation–Threats from a Sheriff and NRA Board Member

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Ted Nugent’s inflammatory, racist rhetoric is not new. This week he called for the “evil carcasses” of President Obama, Sen. Durbin and “Pilosi” and “Bloomburgh.” What? The death threats are NRA-approved because Nugent is a long standing NRA board member.

And the NRA supported more insurrection talk this week on NRA News. Maryland’s Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said, “As long as I’m the sheriff in this county, I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my citizens of their right to bear arms. I can tell you this, if they attempt to do that, it would be an all-out civil war, no question about it,” and that was just fine with the NRA.

Armed gun advocates threatening government officials. It’s the Best Argument for Gun Regulation.

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