How To Easily Smear 4.3 Million People
You do it like Oliver Willis does:
The NRA is a gang of very strange, conspiracy-theory spewing, racist, bigoted know-nothings who don’t give a damn about the safety of their fellow citizens. They would rather the streets be flooded with all manner of weapons rather than ever allow a single law or regulation that would govern the world of guns.
Gee thanks Oliver. Glad to know that me and several close friends who are members of the NRA are racist, bigoted know-nothings.
But one shouldn’t be calling somebody else a “know nothing” when spouting nonsense such as claiming the NRA is opposed to each and every law regulating guns in the United States. That is a flat out lie and Oliver will not, because he cannot, provide any evidence to support his statement.
His silly post goes on:
But they aren’t the real problem.
In the case of the NRA, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. They’ve been given a free hand to be horrible and take the opportunity to do so at every turn.
“Be horrible” means representing their paying members and all other gun owners by fighting to preserve our second amendment rights. Remember, Oliver, you guys lost. The Supreme Court said the second amendment of the United States constitution is an individual right, not a collective right.
The problem is politicians of both parties who are so terrified of the gun lobby (never mind it’s over exaggerated power) that they are unwilling to do anything remotely sensible about guns in America.
First of all, it has nothing to do with the “gun lobby.” It has to do with that thing called “voters.” You guys have lost that battle and it is not because of the sinister mustache twisting racist and bigoted deviant members of the NRA who are to blame. Again, the NRA acts on behalf of its members, not in spite of it.
And then there is that word. Sensible. It goes hand in hand with “common sense.” The anti-second amendment crowd use these two terms as often as possible bbecause it sounds great. “I support common sense gun legislation.” Yay! But what does that mean? It means nothing.
Democrats and Republicans are simply terrified to anger what boils down to a few overly enthusiastic guys who get together to ogle guns and their accessories like a pin-up centerfold.
Here we go again. It’s funny, but I haven’t ogled a gun the last time I checked. Interesting how not only are we NRA members racists and bigots but we now have some kind of creepy sexual attraction to guns. Again, it can’t possibly be about the second amendment could it?
I wonder what that means for Oliver who is vigorously opposed to restrictions on Internet porn.
It is the politicans, who have been elected to lead, who are deserving of our contempt for their failure. They are terrified to even discuss gun legislation, let alone introduce it in either the House or Senate for debate. We have leaders — all the way up to President Obama — who just won’t do anything about guns because they view the political cost as more important than the lives lost.
They have discussed it. They have brought it up. And they have lost.
In the wake of the Aurora shoooting, it took only a few hours before the usual suspects were looking for their soapbox, ready to start blathering about the need for more gun control.
As I already pointed out, people were willing to blatantly lie about the 1994 assault weapons ban. They bemoaned the expiration of this idiotic law as though it was crazy effective in combating violence with guns. Was it?
Did it prevent Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold from killing 13 students and wounding 26 more at Columbine High School in 1999? Did it stop Kip Kinkel from murdering his parents, killing two other students and wounding 22 more in 1998? Did it prevent Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden from killing four students, one teacher and injuring 10 others in Arkansas in 1998? Did it prevent Mark Barton from killing 9 people at two brokerage houses in Atlanta in 1999? Did it prevent Larry Ashbrook from opening fire inside a church in Texas in 1999, killing 8?
The answer to all of the above is: No.
But regardless of those terrible crimes, violent crime has been in steady decline since 1991 and that decline has continued (in fact dropped faster between 2004-2010 than it did from 1998 to 2004) after the assault weapons ban expired. In fact, violent crime is at its lowest levels in nearly 40 years. The decline has actually “baffled” experts who study the issue.
It gets even better. In a Twitter conversation I had with Oliver, he hilariously claimed the NRA supported a law in 2007 to make sure mental health records were part of the NICS database so that those who are considered dangerous do not (legally) acquire guns, only to then turn around and lobby against the required funding. He offered zero evidence to support this craziness.
But it’s the NRA who supposedly spout crazy conspiracy theories.