Of late, the NRA has been pushing so hard for their extreme positions that the organization, its' leaders and its' followers have twisted themselves into knots to defend their unwarranted and paranoid views. Some of my blogging friends are hitting the "nail on the head" with their analysis of the NRA. Here is the latest post from my friend, Bladr Odinson, over at New Trajectory.
Speaking the truth about the NRA and going up against the gun rights extremists is not an easy job. From Baldr again:The pro-gun crowd likes to pretend that only hardened criminals and gangbangers are shooting up our communities, insisting that those who have concealed weapons permits don't murder people. They portray themselves as absolutely law-abiding, patriotic, and only interested in self-protection.And yet, all the time, I see reports of previously law-abiding gun owners who commit gun-related crimes, including murder, with those guns they supposedly purchased for self protection. This includes concealed carry permit holders.
Yesterday I got another anonymous threat posted as a comment to this blog, this time threatening to hunt me down at home. Yawn. This dufus didn't even know what city I live in. To Mr. Anonymous, please note that, like all comments sent to me, I now have your IP address. This is yet another example to me that people who spend their time and mental energy preparing themselves to kill people are all too often only a shade away from being criminals themselves.This same thought has occurred to me. What kind of folks are trolling through the gun control blogs making ugly, sexually explicit, threatening, inappropriate, insulting and down right ridiculous comments? Can't they just write a comment and then let the "discussion" pursue on its' merits? Instead, there is hatred and false accusations and name calling. It's unbecoming. Are we hitting a nerve? Are they afraid we might actually change the conversation and change the minds and hearts of elected leaders because we have logic and facts on our side? When NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre gets himself so foamed up about gun rights that he says this:
Really? That's quite an accusation. As another of my fellow bloggers down at Random Musings points out,"This is the biggest cover-up since Watergate and it's time to ask the Watergate question. Who authorized Fast and Furious and how high up does it go?" LaPierre asked during his speech.In his speech, LaPierre also accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "stonewalling" the two Congressional Investigations into the operation.
Can LaPierre make these kind of accusations when his own organization and supporters just didn't report on the same operation from the previous administration ? Let's hope that now that the word is out that the Bush administration was involved in an operation similar to the one the House Subcommittee is investigating, they will stop their attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama. But hypocrisy concerning committee business doesn't seem to matter to some these days. Silencing the voices of those in the minority or those who disagree will come back to haunt those who promote them. They should instead turn their efforts into something that would produce actual results- trying to do something about all of the weapons purchased in the U.S and trafficked to Mexico. From this editorial piece by Sylvia Longmire,a former special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations former senior intelligence analyst and border security expert for the California Emergency Management Agency:While some of the criticisms are certainly justified, the loudest critics seem to have selective memories.Just a few years ago, during the previous presidential administration, another very similar BATFE effort called Operation Wide Receiver did much the same thing - allowed weapons to cross the border with Mexico, ostensibly to use the weapons to track criminal organizations there.
That leaves two major players in the weapons trafficking debate who will never back down from the fight and will never admit they might be wrong. Unfortunately for the American and Mexican people, that translates into a stalemate under which no effective policy or strategy can be formed to address a problem that neither side can deny exists.That is the scandal. Both sides continue with their rhetoric while innocent lives are being lost. Let's put our heads together and solve this problem. It can be done if common sense prevails.
But when the NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre appears to get crazier and crazier, what are we to think about the goals of the organization? How are we to work together when the message in this video featuring LaPierre is so over the top?
No hyperbole or paranoia here! The statements were made in an interview with Newsmax. It is just another example of the increasingly desperate and crazy talk- or stupid and dangerous, as I have said before- coming from the NRA in this election season. If this is the talk now, what's coming up? I can't wait to hear how the rhetoric ramps up closer to the actual election. Get ready. I'm sure it's going to be good.
My two blogging friends have hit on something important here. The NRA will say and do anything to get its' way and to lobby and protect politicians who do their bidding. They are caught in a hypocritical trap of their own making. That is what happens when extreme ideology trumps reason and facts.
(This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters' mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program. The fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.)