Personally, I view the NRA as one of the most dangerous lobbying groups in this country. Not because they’re a gun group, but because they’re an organization built on fear-mongering and propaganda. When Ted Nugent and this guy are members of your board, that’s just about all anyone really needs to know about the integrity of the NRA.
The NRA has vilified anyone who speaks out on responsible and reasonable gun safety. Unless you’re a 100 percent rabid pro-gun enthusiast who opposes any and all regulations pertaining to guns, according to the NRA, you’re basically just an anti-American, gun-hating traitor.
And when that’s the kind of vile, irrational rhetoric that’s constantly spewed by one of the most powerful lobbying groups in this country, any hope for rational discourse and sane solutions to gun violence goes right out the window.
While they’re not a “hate group,” they are a very hateful group.
Take for instance a recent tweet the NRA sent out essentially mocking former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in 2011 by Jared Lee Loughner:
— NRA (@NRA) March 5, 2015
Utterly disgusting and horrifying.
Even going beyond just Giffords (who luckily survived her wounds), six people died from this shooting – including a 9-year-old girl.
But while this tweet was horrifically distasteful, ironically, it also proved something that these jackasses over at the NRA apparently didn’t think about. The tweet provided a great argument as to why we need tighter regulations on guns. In fact, it gave an answer to a question I often ask gun nuts, “How can someone tell a ‘good guy with a gun’ from a ‘bad guy with a gun’ prior to the ‘bad guy’ shooting someone?”
The answer being, there is no way to tell the difference until shots are fired.
When Loughner bought his gun, he did so legally. But following this shooting, after many people looked into posts he had made, as well as many of his personal beliefs on various issues, it’s clear that Loughner had no business owning firearms. The problem is, because the NRA has lobbied for decades to make buying guns easier, it’s not at all difficult for unstable individuals such as Loughner to legally purchase guns.
Not only that, but with anywhere between 8-10k Americans dying each year from gun violence, using the same type of “logic” the NRA used in this pathetic tweet, wouldn’t the fact that we lead the modern world in gun violence disprove their propaganda concerning guns making us “safer”?
If they want to mock the usefulness of background checks since one individual legally purchased a gun, then committed a horrific act of violence – well, then the 8-10k people who die every year from guns (and the fact we lead the modern world in gun violence) debunks the lie that guns make us safer.
While this tweet was petty, tacky and flat-out disgusting, it actually proved a lot of the pro-gun propaganda these fools push is ridiculous and not based in reality.
Because the fact is, if we were making it more difficult for people to purchase guns, maybe Loughner wouldn’t have been able to get his hands on one. And up until he opened fired that day, he was what the NRA would have proudly called a “legal, proud gun-owning American.” But even in Arizona, which is a very pro-gun state, there wasn’t a single “good guy with a gun” to stop Loughner from carrying out this heinous act.
So, all the NRA really did with this tweet (aside from showcasing how low they can go), is prove that we need tighter gun regulations; that “bad guys with a gun” are simply “good guys with a gun” until they open fire; and even in a very pro-gun state such as Arizona, not one single “good guy with a gun” did anything to prevent this tragedy.