Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NRA ramps up fear mongering machine at Chicago convention

Wayne LaPierre at CPAC
The National Rifle Assn. (NRA) took its, “Let’s scare hell out of our somewhat daft members so we can squeeze more money from them” act to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that was held in Chicago last Friday.  It is interesting that the NRA’s head lunatic, CEO Wayne LaPierre, should choose this location to rant and rave over how President Obama and other progressives want to take away his precious guns.  They don’t.

But current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel thinks Chicago should have a gun registry, an idea that is as old as the senior Richard J. Daley’s administration in the 1960s.  A gun registration law was considered by the state in 1965 and Daley called for the state legislature to pass it again in 1966, saying, "There can be no question that the great increase in juvenile crime has been accompanied by a similar increase in the possession of guns."  It was voted down.

Richard J. Daley
Senior Daley’s son, Richard M. Daley, in spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, which struck down the city’s ban on handguns, remained solidly in favor of somehow controlling gun ownership in the city.  The younger Daley was a part of New York Mayor Richard Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and hosted their convention in October of 2006 in Chicago.  I bring this all up because I wonder what Richard J. would have thought of LaPierre?

My gut tells me that the senior Daley would have had some choice words for the head gun nut, while organizing his precinct captains, possibly even the Chicago police force, to insure “minimum” interruptions at the conference site.  I can say this because I lived in Chicago during the Mayor’s regime. 

Josh Horwitz, Exec. Dir., Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), writes in the Huff Post, “The NRA is not only a sponsor of the conference, but also hosting a panel entitled, ‘Defending Self-Defense: The Liberal's Shadow War on Second Amendment.’”  George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and the subsequent uproar over the stupid Stand Your Ground Law, has provided the NRA with all the ingredients necessary to perpetuate its fear mongering machine.   

Horwitz points out how ridiculous the NRA tirade is over maintaining its gun rights by pointing out that, even though the Democrats—they’re supposed to be for some kind of gun control—control the White House and the Senate, the gun worshippers have gotten just about anything they wanted in the last several years.  But you can’t blame it all on the progressives with a GOP that has been anti-Obama on every issue the President has presented in the last three years.

CSGV video of LaPierre bellowing at CPAC:
Wayne LaPierre, the head parasite at the NRA who makes $970,300 annually by acting like a maniac over gun rights, and his overpaid minions work laboriously to protect their gold mine and generate more power from the group’s 4.3 million members, most of which don’t have a clue what is really going on at the organization.  LaPierre found a potential cash cow when he took over in 1991 and has milked it ever since to the delight of an often addled membership. 

As former NRA lobbyist, Richard Feldman remarked, "They [aren't] interested in actually solving problems, only in fueling perpetual crisis and controversy. That [is] how they [make] their money."

LaPierre ready
to go into action

LaPierre’s Chicago cry in “The NRA’s Circus of Fear” is, "We have nothing to fear but the absence of fear," designed to muddle the minds of a pathetic bunch of members who cheer at anything this screwball says.  I can see LaPierre now as the circus ringmaster under the big top with his whip commanding all 4.3 million members to jump through the hoop.  They do, and the NRA’s master of ceremonies walks away with that normal smug, arrogant look on his face.

Horwitz closes with, “The NRA's ‘Circus of Fear’ depends on misinformation and myths to generate attacks on politicians who have the gall to address the gun violence that continues to destroy families and communities every day in America.”  That’s right.  The NRA doesn’t have the balls to negotiate, because this would obviously lead to facts that would completely undermine what this gang of zealots has been spewing out for years.  Propaganda and lies.

Josh Horwitz’s CSGV also provides the following site for anyone wishing to take a closer look at the motivations and records on a host of issues with guns being only one: MeetTheNRA.org.


  1. “The NRA doesn’t have the balls to negotiate, because this would obviously lead to facts that would completely undermine what this gang of zealots has been spewing out for years. Propaganda and lies.”

    This is much more the case with citizen disarmament zealots and organizations than the NRA. Remember when right to carry swept the nation citizen disarmament zealots, their organizations, and their allies in the media cried that homicides and violent crime would skyrocket, but the opposite has been the case. Even though firearms rights have been expanded over last several years, and more citizens are now free to carry firearms in more places. Yet, homicides, including homicides with firearms, as well as all other violent crime have been decreasing since 2006. Moreover, after a dramatic increase in firearms sales and ownership after the last Presidential election including an increase in first time firearms purchases and an increase in firearms carry permits, gun ban groups and zealot predicted that there would be a corresponding increase in murders. However, the U.S. homicide rate decreased from 5.0 per 100,000 in 2009 to 4.8 per 100,000 in 2010.

    Preliminary data from 2011 shows Murder is down by 5.7%, Rape down 5.1%, Robbery down 7.7%, and Aggravated Assault down 5.9%

    Furthermore, the NRA and firearms owners are not interested in negotiating away our right to keep and bear arms.




    By contrast, The United Kingdom enacted extreme firearms bans years ago, and gun crime in the U.K. has double in a decade.

    “It is interesting that the NRA’s head lunatic….”
    “….Daley would have had some choice words for the head gun nut..”

    The public is seeing right through this kind of nonsense, so it is no wonder that a Gallup Poll of October 26, 2011 found that 60% of those surveyed supported enforcing current gun laws more strictly and NOT pass any new laws while only 35% responded to enforce current gun laws more strictly and pass new gun control laws.

    Citizen disarmament ignore these inconvenient truths because facts, logic, and reason do not support their arguments, so fear mongering, propaganda and lies are the only things in their playbook.

    1. Your comment and accompanying data is meaningless, based on my recent post on shootings/gun deaths:


      Shootings and gun deaths are escalating at an alarming rate.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

    2. Jack, what you posted is cherry picking, and you know it. You blog is not representative of nationwide statistics.

      You cannot refute the fact that firearms homicides have dropped 14.19% from 10,225 in 2006 to 8,775 in 2010. Homicides with handguns dropped 23.32% from 7,836 in 2006 to 6,009 in 2010. Also, homicides with all rifles, including those so call “Assault Weapons” dropped 18.26% from 438 in 2006 to 358 in 2010 which came to less than one per day nationwide despite the expiration of the so called “Assault Weapons Ban.”

      The complete statistics for 2011 has not released, but preliminary data from 2011 shows all Violent Crime was down 6.4%, Murder down 5.7%, Rape down 5.1%, Robbery down 7.7%, and Aggravated Assault down 5.9%.


    3. I have no idea what cherry picking I am supposed to be doing in the article. It is all based on sound facts. To your comments on 2011 stats, I refer you to my June 14 post:


      My words: gun "...murder is down only 1.9 percent compared to the other three major groups in that category of forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault, all three down 4 percent."

      Meaning we still have a lot to do and the answer is more gun control.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog



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