Seems like a pretty common sense approach for people who want to own a gun but worry about gun safety in their home, right? Make it more difficult for children to accidentally harm themselves with the gun, along with making it much more difficult for a gun to be used against its owner – and if the gun is stolen it could potentially be useless.
Well, not if you’re part of the NRA, which has feverishly opposed these “smart guns.”
It’s a point Jon Stewart called out, saying that the NRA has finally found a gun they don’t want Americans to own. Somehow these smart guns are a “threat” to the Second Amendment.
He also talked about a gun store owner in Maryland, Andy Raymond, who received death threats not from anti-gun advocates, but from pro-gun nuts because he chose to sell these smart guns.
Which goes along with a story I did a few weeks ago where the CEO of a gun manufacturer who makes smart guns also received death threats over the gun.
Stewart then showed clips of various NRA spokesmen talking about how it’s the greatness of this country for American citizens to be able to buy any kinds of guns they see fit to protect themselves and their family – followed by a reporter recently saying that the NRA refuses to budge on their opposition to smart guns.
Apparently, “any guns the owner sees fit” doesn’t really mean “any gun” according to the NRA. So if someone opposes the right for people to own AR-15’s, that’s “un-American” – but it’s patriotic for the NRA to oppose the right for Americans to buy smart guns if they so choose?
Like with most things right-wing, they only like freedom when it provides rights for things with which they agree. When it doesn’t, suddenly they’re not such big fans of it.
This hypocrisy prompted Stewart to finish the segment by saying, “Holy shit. Finally the NRA’s fight to protect the Second Amendment has met its match – the NRA.”
Once again the NRA proves it’s nothing more than a paranoid group that opposes any common sense approach to gun safety.