January 2, 2016
- 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.
January 2, 2016
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.”
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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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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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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