Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NRA’s enemies list should make NRA the #1 enemy of the American public

Here’s an example of the mentality of some members in this group of gun nuts.  A National Rifle Assn. (NRA) member wears a shirt with the words, “If you know how many guns you own…you don’t own enough,” printed on the back.  It is the typical thinking prevalent of a minority in this organization of gun worshippers led by head fanatic, Wayne LaPierre.  It is also the kind of thinking that has dumped 300 million firearms on American streets making it the most gun-loving culture in all similar developed countries.  It’s an absurdity that is killing U.S. citizens.

Wacky Wayne LaPierre
 In its own covert way, the NRA has worked furiously over the years to poison the minds of the American people, and intimidate a cowardly Congress into thinking like wacky Wayne LaPierre wants them to.  You see, this misfit can’t hold on to his million-dollar annual salary unless he continues to sell more and more guns to increase the profits of his primary sponsors, the gun manufacturers.  If you doubt this there were 10.8 million guns sold in the U.S. in 2011, and there have already been 2.5 million FBI NICS background checks in January of 2013.

And in one of their most blatant lunacies, the NRA has come up with an “NRA Enemies List,” consisting of 500 names that gun owners are supposed to hate.  People like George Clooney, C. Everett Koop and the American Medical Assn.  Others include AARP, American Bar Assn., Children’s Defense Fund, U.S. League of Women Voters, the Episcopal and Methodist Churches, the U.S. Catholic Conference and the YMCA.  Any individual looking at this list without concluding the NRA is a gang of wackos is simply not from this planet.

John Avlon on CNN compares the list to Richard Nixon’s own list of adversaries, and laments that the NRA has, with this kind of action, sealed itself inside a bubble that completely divorces the group from American society.  It occurs to me that this is the only way Wayne LaPierre and his gang of gun bubbas can survive with all the killings of innocent lives the organization is responsible for.  Avlon deems the move, “…just the latest example of seriously bad judgment inside this once proud organization.  Judgment, of course, led by wacky Wayne.

86-year-old Singer Tony Bennett recently said, “I still haven’t gotten over Connecticut.  I’d like the assault weapons to go to war, not in our own country.  And I’d like assault weapons eliminated.  Thank you.”  Other celebrities on the NRA’s list include, Sandy Duncan, Marilu Henner, Ed Asner, Hal Linden, Bruce Springsteen, Albert Brooks, Jack Nicholson, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey.  Not a shabby bunch and I wonder how long it would take for a stream of public service TV spots from these folks to put the NRA on the run?


Avlon quotes lyrics by U2: "Choose your enemies carefully, 'cause they will define you."  He adds, “The NRA, like too much of the conservative movement, has chosen its enemies indiscriminately and seems defined in opposition to most of modern America.”  Then explain to me how this pack of extremists not only survive but are able to dupe an American public and control a clueless Congress.  To heap more coals on the fire, LaPierre came out with the recent TV ad calling Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for using Secret Service to protect his children.

Hallmark Greeting Cards is on the NRA’s list of enemies.  Since this company is already being cited for lending their corporate support to gun control initiatives or taking a position supporting gun control, I would like to recommend that they come out with a special line of greeting cards to commemorate mass shooting incidents including Columbine, VA Tech, Tucson, the Sikh Temple, Aurora and Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The idea would be to share these memories with relatives and friends to keep gun control a public issue.

If Hallmark were willing, a small portion of the proceeds could go in the campaign to fight gun violence.  And I am aware the mass mayhem is only a small portion of the total problem of gun violence but it is the most visible in the public.  Anything to get the total point across.

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