Jon Stewart was right.
mediamattersforamerica: The Drudge Report: Possibility of Obama issuing executive order on guns = Stalin, Hitler
Matt Drudge and Alex Jones: Team Batshit.
Here’s a group of people – many tied to the Republican Party – who represent an entity with the sole purpose, the primary objective, of further enriching gun manufacturers. That’s what the NRA is for.
The NRA’s bottom-line message to “buy more guns” is transmitted by whatever Orwellian-means are necessary: fear, conspiracy, paranoia, pseudo-patriotism, power/victimization, and a conservative symbol of masculinity for men left feeling emasculated by the modern world.
Joe Allbaugh (Board Member)
Graham Hill (Board Member)
Scott Bach (Board Member)
Steve Hornady (Board Member)
Buster Bachhuber (Board Member)
Roy Innis (Board Member)
Carol Bambery (Board Member)
Joaquin Jackson (Board Member)
Bob Barr (Board Member)
David Keene (Board Member)
Ronnie Barrett (Board Member)
Tom King (Board Member)
Clel Baudler (Board Member)
Herbert Lanford (Board Member)
Ken Blackwell (Board Member)
Wayne LaPierre (Executive Vice President and CEO)
Matt Blunt (Board Member)
Karl Malone (Board Member)
John Bolton (Chairman of International Affairs Subcommittee)
John Milius (Board Member)
Rep. Dan Boren (Board Member)
Buz Mills (Board Member)
Bob Brown (Board Member)
Cleta Mitchell (Board Member)
Pete Brownell (Board Member)
Grover Norquist (Board Member)
John Burtt (Board Member)
Chuck Norris (Celebrity Spokesperson)
Dave Butz (Board Member)
Oliver North (Board Member)
Harlon Carter (Former NRA Executive Vice President)
Ted Nugent (Board Member)
Richard Childress (Board Member)
Johnny Nugent (Board Member)
Jim Porter (First Vice President)
Chris Cox (Executive Director)
Jay Printz (Board Member)
David Coy (Board Member)
Todd Rathner (Board Member)
Larry Craig (Board Member)
Kayne Robinson (Executive Director of NRA General Operations Division)
Wayne Anthony Ross (Board Member)
R. Lee Ermey (Board Member)
Ron Schmeits (Board Member)
Manny Fernandez (Board Member)
Tom Selleck (Board Member)
Sandy Froman (Board Member)
John Sigler (Board Member)
Jim Gilmore (Board Member)
Linda Walker (Board Member)
Marion Hammer (Board Member)
Maria Heil (Board Member)
Rep. Don Young (Board Member)
The NRA’s current message to buy more guns to solve the problem of guns killing people (“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” — Wayne LaPierre) should come as no surprise. Gun manufacturers just want more of our money. It’s really that simple. And any sensible gun control legislation would potentially block part of the river of money currently flowing their way.
Igor Volsky: Only gun owners and gun lobbyists — who have spent years easing gun regulations across the country — were spared any responsibility.
Lawyers, Guns & Money: “What if…“when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he’d been confronted by qualified armed security?” asked Wayne LaPierre earlier today. We don’t know, to be honest. But we do know that on April 20, 1999, a “uniformed community resource officer”, in this case a trained Sheriff’s deputy, was armed and on duty at Columbine High School. An honest to goodness, qualified, “good guy with a gun”.”
Josh Marshall: “In LaPierre’s mind the main victim of all this appears to be the NRA. But I want to set that aside for a moment and focus on one part of LaPierre’s statement — where he seems to be endorsing what amounts to ‘Prepper-ism’. We wrote about it today — the movement that Nancy Lanza was apparently a part of, that believes in storing supplies and guns for some inevitable collapse of civilization when it will be every man for himself.
“LaPierre referenced this line at least a couple times: ‘The fact is this. That wouldn’t even begin to address the much larger, more lethal criminal class, killers, robbers, rapists, gang members, who have spread like cancer in every community across our nation. Meanwhile, while that happens, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by 40% to the lowest levels in a decade. So now due to a declined willingness to prosecute dangerous criminals, violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years. Add another hurricane, terrorist attack, or some other natural or man made disaster, and you have got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.’”
Charles Pierce: “You have to give Wayne credit. He didn’t cut the whiskey with water. We need more guns in schools. Gun laws don’t work, not even registration, but we should register all the mentally ill, because the mentally ill don’t have a few million dollars and a lobbyist like Wayne LaPierre dedicated to gutting the law that would register them. The media should stop lying and being ignorant and engaging in a massive cover-up of the existence of Kindergarten Killers. Congress should immediately empower retired cops and firemen and put armed guards in every American school, although Wayne doesn’t know fk-all how we’ll pay for it, but, boy, those guys are really brave. Guns don’t kill people. Deranged people kill people. “Bad guys” kill people. Grand Theft Auto kills people. American Psycho kills people. (Lock up Christian Bale, especially now that the Dark Knight cycle is over.) “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”
“[...] And there you have it. For all the hopeful rhetoric expended over the past week about how this might actually be a “tipping point” for the NRA, the organization is as dead set against rational gun laws as it was a week ago Friday. It is not going to soften its stand on militarized civilian weaponry, or large-quantity magazines. There was no mention yesterday of background checks, or closing the gun-show loophole, or any of those other “sensible” regulations that so many people told me for a week that the “great majority” of NRA members actually would support. That may be true, but it’s also been rendered utterly irrelevant in the light of what the organization’s leadership said yesterday. They have their plan, and its about more guns, period. The rest is an exercise in the same distraction and misdirection that the NRA has used, time and time again, after every one of the mass shootings of the past two decades. Now the distraction and misdirection is a little more detailed, and they have a new pitchman selling it, but it is clear that the NRA has no intention of cooperating in any plan going forward from the Connecticut school shooting that has anything to do with registering or limiting America’s firearms…”
Op X: “People cite the 2nd Amendment as their crutch, pleading a need to stay armed against a potentially tyrannical government (as if it was 1795, musket vs. musket). As much as your Bushmaster, .50 Caliber Desert Eagle and your Sig Sauer are well oiled, locked and loaded, somehow I don’t think they’d stand up to an A-10 Warthog, an F-15 Strike Eagle or an F/A-18 Super Hornet. They’d have a bit of trouble with an M1 Abrams Tank, or a nuclear submarine for that matter. Anticipating this argument, gun owners pirouette to the belief of a stronger likelihood of being wrongfully attacked by local authorities – police, sheriffs, etc. Police who they believe they could go toe-to-toe with in having similar armament. This sentiment coming from the same inquiring minds who cry “States Rights!”, yet it’s the local authorities who will be coming for them.
“Any way you slice it, the arguments for guns are simpleton, brow-beating bullshit projected onto us by people with inferiority complexes. We’re left trying to reason with small-minded bullies with low self-esteem who find strength in menacing others because they own a gun.”
Think Progress: “In March 1995, LaPierre sent a fundraising letter to 3.5 million NRA members calling federal law enforcement agents “jack-booted government thugs” and arguing that “in Clinton’s administration, if you have a badge, you have the government’s go-ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens.” President George H.W. Bush resigned his membership in protest and LaPierre was forced to apologize.”
Michael Bloomberg: “Their press conference was a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. Instead of offering solutions to a problem they have helped create, they offered a paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America where everyone is armed and no place is safe.”
“Every country has, along with its core civilities and traditions, some kind of inner madness, a belief so irrational that even death and destruction cannot alter it. In Europe not long ago it was the belief that “honor” of the nation was so important that any insult to it had to be avenged by millions of lives. In America, it has been, for so long now, the belief that guns designed to kill people indifferently and in great numbers can be widely available and not have it end with people being killed, indifferently and in great numbers. The argument has gotten dully repetitive: How does one argue with someone convinced that the routine massacre of our children is the price we must pay for our freedom to have guns, or rather to have guns that make us feel free?” — Adam Gopnik : The New Yorker
Self-proclaimed conservative Christians acting un-Christian… now there’s something you don’t see RARELY anymore.
Matthew Dowd, President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist, on Sunday observed that the same conservative legislatures and governors who are championing so-called Christian values like prayer in schools are also pushing for dangerous gun laws that are counter to Christian teachings.
[...] “In Florida, the law says if you raise a claim of self defense after killing someone in public, you can’t even be arrested,” he added. “It’s why prosecutors and police hated this law. It sabotaged our justice system. All this discussion we’ve heard — What did Zimmerman do? What did Trayvon do? — Juries are supposed to figure that out. The Florida law destroys that American system.”
“There is such irony about this,” Dowd agreed. “Most of the states that have passed this including Florida and the ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and the expanded gun-ownership laws where you can carry a concealed weapon are also the same states and the same legislatures and the same governors who sort of pushed for prayer in the school.”
Dowd continued: “To me, there is such and irony here, that we want to be a Christian nation and we want to act in a Christian manner, but oh, by the way, we don’t believe in the turn your other cheek and we don’t believe in love your enemy. We believe in loading citizens and basically giving them an opportunity to shoot people.”
Example of conservative Christians’ sense of “humor” –