Archive for January 16th, 2013

Wild Gunfire By The NRA

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The National Rifle Association is going nuts. When its proposal for an armed officer in every school in the nation flopped, it hyperventilated into out-of-control hysteria.  A new NRA ad calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” because his daughters’ security detail carries guns and he’s not in favor of guns in every school.

“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the ad asks.

No,  dumb asses – but every school kid is not continually threatened with violence by mentally ill people and  terrorists.  With this ridiculous argument, the NRA is slipping into the nut category occupied by lunatic fringes of anti-smoking, anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-religious, and anti-minority groups.

That’s unfortunate because the NRA has a long history of supporting the safe and sane use of firearms.  In the past it actually helped draft legislation to control guns, require background checks, and promoted firearm safety programs for kids and adults.  It was a well-respected organization that recognized the 2nd Amendment while acknowledging some controls and better training were necessary and beneficial for modern times.  How did extremists take charge?

I don’t know – but I do know that these personal, absurd arguments are going to backfire.