The NRA Consists Of a Bunch of Paranoid, Delusional Assh*les

nra-conventionEvery year the NRA has their annual convention and every year I’m reminded how many crazy people exist in this country.  Now before gun lovers lose their minds, let me profess that I’m a supporter of our Second Amendment rights.  I believe it’s perfectly fine to own hunting rifles and even a few handguns for self defense.  Any time I write about guns, the common theme of what I believe lies in the fact that we can have the right to carry guns – but also maintain common sense when exercising that right.

But when it comes to the NRA, these people are a bunch of paranoid, mentally deranged lunatics.  Now I’m not saying everyone who’s a member of the NRA fits this description, but if we’re going to let those speaking (and attending) their convention represent that group, that’s exactly what they are.

These people are unhinged, pure and simple.  They really live in a world where they seem to fear everyone and everything nearly all the time.  They honestly believe that we own guns not just for self defense, but to “keep our government fearful of its citizens.”

Uh huh.

And let’s not forget their favorite line (and quite possibly dumbest thing I’ve ever heard), “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”

No, it’s not.  The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to do your best to ensure bad guys don’t get guns.  But without arguing the semantics behind that idea, what their favorite line essentially says is the only way to stop bad guys is to let them commit some kind of crime, then a “good guy with a gun” can stop them.

It’s almost like these people want reality to be comprised of scenes from bad action movies, where something horrible happens and then a “hero” shows up to “save the day.”

Take these mass shootings.  Sure, a “good guy with a gun” might have been able to take down the shooter before they had a chance to claim more victims, but there’s just one problem – what about their initial victims?  Are we essentially saying that a few victims is acceptable?  Because that “good guy with a gun” can only act after the “bad guy with a gun” perpetrates some kind of violent crime.

No matter how old I get, I’ll never understand the obsession people have with guns.  People literally “love” guns.  Hell, millions of people are obsessed with them.  They hoard them like some crazy person obsessed with cats.  Stock piling guns and ammo, fearful that the “government” will come knocking one day.

The NRA is nothing more than a fear mongering propaganda machine sponsored by big gun manufacturers with the sole purpose of targeting the most paranoid among us to stir up fear, so that it will translate into record sales of guns and ammunition.  Which is exactly what happens.

Since President Obama came into office all the NRA has done is perpetuate this idea that he’s going to “come for your guns.”  Yet there’s not a single American in this country that can say they’ve lost any gun rights because of President Obama.  So despite five years where President Obama hasn’t at all tried to “take their guns,” they still believe that he’s going to.

They even said that the fact that he hasn’t tried to take people’s guns was “part of his plan” to get re-elected so that in his second term he could finally come after their guns.  And watch, once his second term is over they’ll spout off something about, “See, Americans standing up to the tyrant Obama kept him from marching his foot soldiers into your homes to take your guns!”

Honestly, they’re the ultimate conspiracy theorists.  They push ridiculous conspiracies that aren’t based on any kind of reality, this causes gun and ammo sales to skyrocket, then when nothing happens they claim some kind of “victory” over a threat that was never there.

It’s both pathetic and kind of ingenious.

I think there’s a clear difference between a gun enthusiast and a gun nut.  If you enjoy going to a shooting range, hunting or sport shooting you’re most likely a gun enthusiast.  If you hoard a pile of guns and ammunition with the belief that you’re some form of vigilante/militia member who’s going to stroll through society prepared at any moment for some kind of firefight or second revolution, you’re most likely a gun nut.

And the latter is what most of these NRA members seem to be.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • John

    I, too, don’t understand what would possess someone to amass an arsenal that would make The Terminator green with envy. If you need that much firepower then that shows you’re simply a bad shot.

    • MovesLikeJagr

      Well, not everybody have a large arsenal of weapons because they fear the government. Some might be collectors for historical reasons, for example (I would personally have loved to have an arsenal of various WW2 weapons for example, as an historian and having an interest in WW2 since I was at least 6).

      But then again, I wouldn’t have had anything against registering them or myself for having these. And I wouldn’t have feared the government if I lived in the US. But it’s clear that not everyone needs an assault rifle – a handgun should be sufficient in most cases – if you want something bigger, you should have a valid reason to do so

    • Alicia

      I hope to have a bigger gun collection once I have the money to buy more. Not for the reason of “the government is going to take my guns”, but for the reason that I really like guns and I would like to be a gun collector. Right now I have a full framed hand gun and an old shot gun that was given to me by my dad. I hope to one day have an assault rifle (they are really cool), a smaller more concealable hand gun, possibly a pump action shot gun. Then I want to be a collector. I have a huge fascination with WWII guns and if I could get my hands on a Luger that would be awesome. I think that I am going to be the chick that has a big gun safe full of guns because I enjoy them. It is the same as someone who has a garage full of cars. A person only needs one car, but some have multiple. I only need one gun (for work purposes), but I would like more.

  • Politician

    The vast majority of us ***holes that belong to the NRA meet your description of gun enthusiasts. Problem is that the news media gives the nuts too much publicity, just as they give too much national attention to local crimes. Leave those of us who are law abiding, gun owning citizens alone to shoot, hunt, and protect our families, and we will leave you alone to depend upon laws (which criminals don’t obey) to protect you. The second amendment is the one that guarantees your right to write what you want here.

    • Tjarley

      I thought that was the first amendment, Mr. “Politician”.

      • Pipercat

        He was speaking to his constituency…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        I hate U pipercat……………
        U wrote that B4 I could! 🙂

      • Pipercat

        <—– Zing!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        take a peek at what bine 646 says above,,,,
        I love rightwing chowderheads

      • Pipercat

        I did, actually…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he donnn’ luv me anymore

      • Pipercat

        Not too thrilled with me, either!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        he just need more moxie from us both to help him navigate through his oligophreniality
        Im not certain as to why I chat with these creeps
        ,,,,,it is akin to my pet tegu learning to play Vivaldi on a harpsichord
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      • Pipercat

        I’d like to see that! As for Pipes, he’s just a presence and his paws are definitely big enough to tickle the ivories!

      • Dave Taylor

        yeah, he beat me to it as well, but they only know the 2nd or the parts of it that suit them

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        nah…………………….
        he is watching FOX “news” as2 how Donald sterling is having HIS 1st amendment rights trampled on
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        im hoping the NRA backs the RIGHT of gays to use big guns to protect their marriage and marijuana.
        especially in georgia

      • auntielib

        Meanwhile, the guy who CREATED this discussion forum LINKS to FOX News to (supposedly) substantiate his Progressive claims.
        Kinda makes YOU look dumb, doesn’t it moe!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        nope— I never look dumb
        too busy making money…..being tall and athletic and sexing big chested slim women here in se florida ( FT.L/ pompano beach area)
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, you were saying??

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Agree. I belong to the NRA but I don’t own a gun–at least not yet. Might want one to get into competitive shooting but it was never a compulsion.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      correct me if I am erroneous here:
      2nd amendment allows u and I to have ” arms” as well as that NEVER discussed ( by the regressive rightwing trash) to have a WELL REGULATED ( see: “big “govt takeovers) MILITIA.
      law abiding gun owners KNOW that OBAMA has NOT initiated any legislation to “take YOUR GUNS”–
      law abiding NON mental case gun owners ( such as you) must -on a seemingly quotidian basis– roll eyes in disgust as2 the cretins who show up to show “support” for a veritable mooch scumbag such as cliven(patriot) bundy whilst training crosshairs upon us marshals doing their job . ( us marshals/ well REGULATED “militia”)
      NRA is all about money. FOX “news” is all about money
      CHURCH is all about money.
      I do close with the boring reiteration that OBAMA has NEVER sent any legislation TAKING OUR GUNS
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      silly facts

    • Dave Taylor

      no, that’s the first amendment, if you are a responsible gun owner then stand up to the NRA and get them out of the law writing business

  • I really wanted to get through this whole article but I just couldn’t. Mind you I don’t even own a gun.

  • Jim Bean

    “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.” VS “The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to do your best to ensure bad guys don’t get guns.” Allen, you can’t credibly say ‘lets not argue semantics’ and then proceed under the pretext that the second comment has validity and that it invalidates the first. A bad guy who has been prevented from getting a gun doesn’t need to be stopped by a good guy with a gun – because he doesn’t have a gun. The NRA flourishes because of liberals who, like in Chicago or DC, strip law abiding citizens of their rights in a well intended attempt to address a problem and then, when the initiative fails catastrophically, they simply walk away and let the law abiding people forever harmed. We don’t need the NRA to tell us that this is what will happen, we’ve already seen it happen. And its not ‘fear mongering’, its a review of lessons learned.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      No, the NRA flourishes because of paranoid people like you. The problems in Chicago are gang related in places YOU’D never go. Chicago’s first quarter 2014 murder rate is the lowest since 1958, and that is NOT because the concealed carry ban was overturned.

      • Bine646

        Maybe “he’ll” never go to those parts bc its a warzone. Like anacostia in washington dc

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        funny how regressives do NOT comment upon sterling true stats such as the Chicago murder rate lowest since 1958!
        war zone? wouldn’t it be “funny” ( see: tragic) if a potential warzone such as the one proliferated by the redneck white trash scumbags who dragged weaponry to “PATRIOT” clive bundy’s “aid” might’ve fired a first shot at US marshals?
        bigger guns needed there? “GOOD(ol) GUYS” with guns VS so-called ( at the time; not now of course) ‘bad guys’ with guns?
        I for one am quite pleased the ‘bad guys’ stood down as2 NOT incite the “GOOD(ol) GUYS” -with guns– into a riot which FOX “news” and cretins such as palin and beck and Limbaugh would say BIG GOVT is after our freedoms.
        NOTE: I was quite advanced in shooting a crossbow and in standard archery in college.
        guns? normally very noisy-
        (obamas coming for my feathers now?)

      • Bine646

        Its crazy to me that as soon as i post your troll self follows me to respond- always w paragraphs of nonsense- Never cease to amaze me

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        as im reading this off of facebook and see it I post
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        your fragile ego “thinks” I follow YOU,,,,or ANYONE?

        sounds like U need a gun

      • Bine646

        well for one i know thats a lie bc the only way it would pop up on your facebook is if i responded to something you posted……and i responded to suburban- soooooo

        secondly- i have acouple guns

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        nope—- there is something called “the other 98% ” which has many authors of articles followed: so not only are U ignorant and bovaristic,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,but incredibly easy to shoot down ala snoopy / red baron!
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        U really think I follow anyone? MAYYYYYYYYYBE Marilyn lange ( google her photos,,,,,)

      • Bine646

        Straight jibberish

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        of course. U couldn’t dare it being factual!
        =======================================
        sounds like U aren’t very nimble or fluent on facebook.
        and I wager U wont want to see Marilyn,,,,,,,,,,,,, as she is what women are supposed to look like; not the steatopygous/micromastial white trash U might’ve touched

      • Jim Bean

        Cliven failed to pay the fees as was NOT his right. 100 heavily armed federal buckaroos and a few helicopters showed up to confiscate cattle as payment as was their right. All was going peacefully. Then Cliven Bundy’s son showed up and tried to video record what was going on. The Federal Buckaroos arrested the son (as was NOT their right) and took him into custody claiming ‘he was outside the First Amendment area.” Let me say that again, they said ‘he was outside the First Amendment area.” I don’t mean to be annoyingly redundant but this is crucial to drive home if there is any hope of getting that little bulb in your head to light up. They arrested him and took him into custody saying ‘he was outside the First Amendment area.’ And that’s when the trouble started – when the Feds arbitrarily revoked Bundy’s son’s First Amendment rights.

        Now I’ll just leave it at that and trust that you understand what the First Amendment is and to which parcel of tera firma it applies, and that you therefore,

        you see the problem here..

        [Dave Bundy was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Sunday as he was in a car parked along State Route 170 near Mesquite.
        “He was there to do some filming when about 11 federal agents pulled up and arrested him,” Clive Bundy told News 3. “They said he was outside of the First Amendment area and they took him down. We don’t know where he is now.”

        The BLM confirmed the arrest in an emailed statement:

        “An individual is in custody in order to protect public safety and maintain the peace,” BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon wrote. “The individual has rights and therefore details about the arrest will not be disclosed until and unless charges are filed.”]

        (note: ‘protect public safety’ is code for ‘prevent the public from seeing what we’re up to.’)

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        yep
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,and the low IQ creeps with guns aimed at federal agents were,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        were,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ?????????

      • Jim Bean

        Aiming guns at federal agents gets you one of two things. Shot or arrested. Didn’t happen. The only one arrested as near as I can tell was the Bundy son who pointed a camera at the agents. (You need to learn to arrange facts in an order that produces a logical conclusion) You also need to read the following:

        Published on Apr 8, 2014

        [By Shiree BUNDY Cox…… I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it s in a nut shell. My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the servival of their cattle, all with their own money, not with tax dollars. These rights to the land use is called preemptive rights. Some where down the line, to keep the cows from over grazing, came the bureau of land management. They were supposed to assist the ranchers in the management of their ranges while the ranchers paid a yearly allotment which was to be use to pay the BLM wages and to help with repaires and improvements of the ranches. My dad did pay his grazing fees for years to the BLM until they were no longer using his fees to help him and to improve. Instead they began using these money’s against the ranchers. They bought all the rest of the ranchers in the area out with they’re own grazing fees. When they offered to buy my dad out for a penence he said no thanks and then fired them because they weren’t doing their job. He quit paying the BLM but, tried giving his grazing fees to the county, which they turned down. So my dad just went on running his ranch and making his own improvements with his own equipment and his own money, not taxes. In essence the BLM was managing my dad out of business. Well when buying him out didn’t work, they used the indangered species card. You’ve already heard about the desert tortis. Well that didn’t work either, so then began the threats and the court orders, which my dad has proven to be unlawful for all these years. Now their desperate. It’s come down to buying the brand inspector off and threatening the County Sheriff. Everything their doing at this point is illegal and totally against the constitution of the United States of America. Now you may be saying,” how sad, but what does this have to do with me?” Well, I’ll tell you. They will get rid of Cliven Bundy, the last man standing on the Bunkerville allotment and then they will close all the roads so no one can ever go on it again. Next, it’s Utah’s turn. Mark my words, Utah is next.]

        So you see Moe, Bundy’s racial peculiarities not withstanding, there’s more to it than you’ve been told with government overreach, corruption, and default on obligations being at the center of it.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        as uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusual……….. U are spinning away from topic; namely MINE–
        to refresh: since cretins such as you are soooo into doing ” the right thing” regarding laws etc,,,,
        whats ur opinion– full opinion; not some regressive BS which whitewashes the topic– of the scumbags who TRINED GUNS ON OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS DOING THEIR JOBS???( let me make it easier,,,,,,,) im gonna reverse it 4 ya jimbo———– lets see how U and all the other braindead regressive white trash crybabies feel– and full thought of— “if” the bundy was a Leroy bundy and he didn’t pay years of traffic fees/fines/tickets and some lwa enforcement guys showed up and some NICE BLACK ‘PLAYERS’ with semi automatic guns were looking down the barrels of their guns at said white officers??
        you scumbags would be wanting a public lynching

      • Dave Taylor

        I grew up in Anacostia and Congress Heights

      • Dave Taylor

        I grew up in Anacostia and Congress Heights, most of the guns used for crimes came from Virginia

      • Bine646

        Ok?

      • auntielib

        The murder rate is low because the concealed carry ban was (thankfully!) overturned.

      • Alicia

        I do not see paranoia in his writing. There is a man named lieutenant Dave Grossman. I listened to a couple of his speeches in two of my criminal justice classes. He said that taking away guns from legal abiding civilians correlates to higher aggressive assaults. If you look at Chicago and New York the aggressive assaults have raised a lot higher. Murders have went down due to the advancement of medicine. People are living longer because the medical system in America is pristine. If you are looking at only the murder rates that is skewed due to medicine, so you have to look at the occurrence of aggravated assault. There is another factor that needs to be addressed, and that is kids playing violent video games every day. When people play violent video games hormones are sent to a part of the brain, and they do not leave for a couple of days. That part of the brain is what decides from right and wrong. With that said I can understand why the aggravated assaults have been higher. The term if there is a will there is a way. That is true! If someone, who is not a law abiding citizen, wants to get a gun chances are they are going to regardless of the gun restrictions. Would you rather be around someone who is a law abiding firearm owner who can stop the threat, or around a bunch of defenseless people in a mass murder setting? I would pick the first. Being prepared does not equate to being paranoid. I am not worried every second of the day that someone is going to attack me, but I sure am prepared if that day ever comes (I would prefer it not to lol). I agree with you suburbancuurmudgeon when you say that the problems are gang related and that people should not be paranoid, but I also agree with Jim Bean that legal civilians should carry their guns in preparation. Again this is not paranoia!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        First, no one is taking away your guns, no matter how badly the NRA and the paranoid want to believe it.

        Second, I live in the Chicago suburbs. The ruling overturning the concealed carry ban forced the State to institute background checks for the city. Surprise! They found (and weeded out) people applying for CCW permits who were criminals.

        Third, I don’t feel the same need as you to “be prepared.” Maybe it’s because I live in the relatively safe suburbs and have some bodacious deadbolts. I do not live with the assumption that someone is always trying to break into my house.

        Fourth. Check out some of the recent stories about “law ‘bidin'” citizens carrying assault rifles into Chipotle. No, we do not want to see your penis extenders out in the open. I’m not about to assume every idiot carrying a gun is a “good guy.”

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      strip law abiding citizens of (2nd amendment I assume) rights,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      jimbo: I again beseech you! please tell us all which legislations/attempts Obama has introduced( signed??) which takes away our ( your) guns?
      >>>>>>>>>> spin time now from jimbo <<<<<<<<<<<<<

      • Jim Bean

        Google ‘Obama executive order gun control’

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        well crybaby– u lose again:
        his exec order simply give local and state sheriffs/ marshals/ etc a bigger data base to access info regarding all gun ownership and (hopefully) sales as well as criminal activity using any/all guns.
        he HOPES to pass legislation getting universal backround checks on ALL gun purchases
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        taking guns? not a whisper

      • Jim Bean

        Maybe you’re right. Maybe Obie just wants this information because he has a curious nature.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        or maybe the info that’s going to American LAW ENFORCEMENT on federal and state levels is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,is:
        ( fill in the blank 4 me james)

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Gee, the Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart also wanted database access after the concealed carry ban in Chicago was overturned. Turns out some of the people applying for CCW permits were criminals.

    • auntielib

      Well said, sir.

    • Dave Taylor

      How many good guys with guns was Reagan surrounded by, didn’t help him did it

  • Rita Lupper

    You can make all the gun laws you want. You can even outlaw them all together. But guess what citizens of America, CRIMINALS DON’T OBEY LAWS! The “crazy” people are right, taking guns away from law biding citizens to stop criminals is as realistic as thinking the criminals will not get guns if they are illegal. Do you hate America? Land of the free is not free when you disregard it’s Constitutional Rights. I believe Hitler did the same thing.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Stop with the Hitler analogy and read some history. Hitler relaxed gun laws in Germany. http://www DOT salon DOT com/2013/01/11/stop_talking_about_hitler/

      NO ONE IS TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS. What part of that don’t you get?

  • John Murphy

    To gun nuts, Gun control=Emasculation. You may as well ask them to voluntarily become eunuchs…

  • Sharon Stock Feren

    Guns=Death, it’s that cut and dried!