Today, many on the left and in the center believe the NRA, the National Rifle Association, to be a terrorist organization. That would make Chairman Wayne La Pierre a terrorist leader, a label that the left has not been shy about affixing to him.
What happened in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay was a terrorist act. Ditto for the church in Sutherland Springs (Texas), The Pulse night club in Orlando, Newton, Columbine, the school in Kentucky last week and everywhere else. What those deplorable, irredeemable monsters of human beings did was the very definition of terrorism.
Secondly, you are right to fear being the victim of a mass shooting more than being the victim of ISIS. The chances of a jihadist taking your life is extremely remote compared to the chances of a crazed American citizen gunman who was here legally. As John Adams famously said: “facts are stubborn things.”
Here’s what the official NRA website has to to say about its origins:
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” according to a magazine editorial written by Church.
After being granted a charter by the State of New York on November 17, 1871, the NRA was founded. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. senator, became the fledgling NRA’s first president.
An important facet of the NRA’s creation was the development of a practice ground. In 1872, with financial help from New York State, a site on Long Island, the Creed Farm, was purchased for the purpose of building a rifle range. Named Creedmoor, the range opened a year later, and it was there that the first annual matches were held.
So there you have it- NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SECOND AMENDMENT.
The second amendment is not a physical law of nature. It is not one of the ten commandments. It is not holy scripture, not even to the NRA itself. You do not have some kind of sacrosanct right to a firearm, preordained by God. The NRA was founded for the purpose of improving responsible and efficacious usage of firearms.
As you can see from the passage above, it was about military men improving marksmanship. As the organization itself says, it was all about science. So why has today’s NRA so strongly rejected the scientific method?
The short answer is money, the money they make for the firearm companies and the political influence that buys.
The plague of gun violence that has now overtaken our country is a public health disaster that the Center for Disease Control aims to do something about. The NRA thwarts them every chance they get.
The NRA and their puppets in the federal government don’t counter the science with anything except predictable platitudes that make you lose IQ points like “thoughts and prayers,” “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” and “from my cold, dead hand.”
I know exactly what that last one is supposed to mean, but the Congressional baseball game shooting last year really brought the intellectual bankruptcy of the NRA government to a new low.
You had some of the biggest NRA shills literally getting shot up, substantially due to the extremely lax gun laws that they provide, and yet still NOTHING GOT DONE!
So that’s the current status quo, but where is the next battleground to try and bring about change for the better?
A couple weeks ago, an enormous story with huge implications for the American political system was published. McClatchy DC published a story titled “FBI Investigating Whether Russian Money Went to NRA to Help Trump.”
The FBI is currently investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin [Alexander Torshin] illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.
It’s a story that totally flew under the radar, because it broke at the exact same time as the “shithole countries” remark and Stormy Daniels revelations.
NRA might have spent more than $70 million to elect Trump and other gun lobby lap dogs in the most recent election, more than any other special interest group. Yes, NRA leaders will indeed go to these lengths, including getting in bed with Vladimir Putin, in order to further their extremist agenda.
Is that the act of a terrorist group?
Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune corporation blogging community Chicago Now.
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