Hating The Gun Monsters
One of the weirder accusations I’ve seen thrown out by gun lobby apologists in the days since the Newtown massacre has been the idea that liberals bring up the issue of gun control and gun violence reduction because they hate the NRA.
Now, it isn’t that liberals don’t hate the NRA, but this excuse appears to be yet another false article of faith among the right because liberals are so invested in stopping the flow of money from the NRA to mostly right-wing politicians. But unlike, say, the amount of money that flows into races with the backing of private industry or lobbyist groups, the NRA is not a particularly fearsome political actor. Studies indicate that they are really bad at the business of winning elections, and even when you exclude their top goal for 2012 – preventing President Obama’s re-election – they may have had a worse track record than Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation.
As a sidebar, this is also why many of us on the left hate how scared Democrats have become of the NRA. They are electorally impotent.
So, liberals don’t dislike the NRA because of its electoral muscle. Why do we hate them?
They make the America we love a less safe place to live. The NRA exists in order for there to be more guns in America. More guns in America, more deaths by guns in America.
In 1995, former President George H.W. Bush resigned from the NRA when they sent out a letter describing federal agents as “jackbooted government thugs” who wear “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms” and “harass, intimidate, even murder law-abiding citizens.” Oh by the way, this letter came out about a month after the Oklahoma City bombing, in which a domestic terrorist did so in the name of anti-governmental beliefs.
That’s today’s NRA. That’s the organization who this year added Barack Obama to its list of supposed tyrants, along with Bill Clinton and anyone to the left of Atilla The Hun in a leadership capacity.
It’s an organization who took four days to condemn the deaths of innocent children with weapons it champions.
So yes, a lot of us hate the NRA. Many of us also wonder how you couldn’t.