Wow. I’m stunned.
The National Rifle Association has endorsed John McCain. Not only that, but they have
embarked on a $40 million ad buy, where they lie their asses off about Barack Obama, and his
alleged desire to take away everyone’s guns.
Okay, let me dispatch the lies in the ads first.
This is from The Wall Street Journal, and dated September 5, 2008 so you know it’s not coming from a “liberal” source:
A woman in the crowd told Obama she had “heard a rumor” that he might be planning some sort of gun ban upon being elected president. Obama trotted out his standard policy stance, that he had a deep respect for the “traditions of gun ownership” but favored measures in big cities to keep guns out of the hands of “gang bangers and drug dealers’’ in big cities “who already have them and are shooting people.”
“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.
So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’
So, there you are. We can start with the fact that the NRA is apparently a group of bald-faced liars.
Not only does Obama not care if you have a gun, but he couldn’t take it away from you, even if he wanted to.
Perhaps you’ve forgotten the recent Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.
You’ll remember that one, right? That’s the one that supposedly says
the Second Amendment gives you a right to own a gun, and no one can
take that away from you. Come on, that was on June 26th of this year;
it wasn’t all that long ago. This is what the NRA itself said about it:
June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed, in a 5-4 decision, the
ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Parker v. District of Columbia (re-cast as District of Columbia v. Heller
before the Supreme Court), that the Second Amendment protects a
pre-existing, private, individually-held right, to keep arms and to
bear arms, without regard to a person’s relationship to a militia. The
Court held that the Second Amendment does not (as the District argued)
protect a right to possess arms only while in service in a militia or
(as others have argued) a “state’s right” to maintain a militia. (No
dissenting justice endorsed the “state’s right” theory, putting an end
to it once and for all, one can only hope.)
Barack Obama himself says he has no intention of taking away your gun,
and even if he wanted to, he has no way of doing it, for any number of
reasons, including a Congress that would never say okay to such a thing
and a Supreme Court decision that is pretty close to ironclad; at least
that’s what the NRA itself thinks.
Not only that, but in
2001, the NRA’s First Freedom magazine referred to John McCain as "one
of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment,”
after he sponsored a bill that would have required background checks on
gun sales at gun shows.
Yes, that’s right, folks. The NRA is
now endorsing a man who has used his position as a US Senator who has,
according to this very same NRA, proposed laws that would undermine a
gun owner’s rights, and spent $40 million of its members’ $35 per year
dues to trash the other candidate, who has stated flat out, that he has
no intention of taking your gun?
So, how about it, NRA members?
How do you feel about your organization spending $40 million of YOUR
MONEY to spread obvious lies about Barack Obama? (To clarify, that amount is equal to the full annual dues from more than one fourth of its
membership, or 1.1 million NRA members!) Better yet, how do you feel
about your organization supporting a guy who has tried to pass laws
that supposedly undermine the rights of gun owners?
In other words, the question at this point is, do NRA members have principles?
this has nothing to do with your gun rights; neither McCain nor Obama
are going to take away your guns. So, what is all of this about,
really? Who the hell is the National Rifle Association, anyway, and who
the hell do they actually represent?
I know what they used to
be. The NRA was originally created to provide training, education and
marksmanship. Nowadays, those elements seems to have given way to a
right wing political leadership that seems to have little to do with
guns, and more to do with coddling the right wing spin machine.
question is, why is this “endorsement” such a news story, in a time
when we’re facing economic meltdown, thanks to the political right, and
we’re mired in one very costly occupation of a country with a
supposedly democratic government, and one woefully neglected war
against an enemy that attacked us seven years ago, also thanks to the
political far right?
And more importantly, why are news people
covering the endorsement, while ignoring the bald-faced lies the NRA is
telling in its ads? Why does the current incarnation of the National
Rifle Association, still claim any sort of relevance?
are an estimated 85 million gun owners in the United States, but the
NRA has only about 4 million members. So, any claims that they somehow
represent all American gun owners is a joke. In fact, their leadership
doesn’t even represent its members very well. Only about one-third of
NRA members are eligible to vote for the NRA board, and only 3%, on
average, actually vote.
What does all of this mean?
means that, if you belong to the NRA, you are in a distinct minority,
even among gun owners. Not only that, but only a scant 3% of your
membership has a say as to who leads your organization, making it one
of the least democratic organizations in the country. And approximately
100,000 NRA members decide who gets to speak for more than 85 million
gun owners (that we know of) in the United States.
That makes the NRA little more than the biggest blowhards on the block.They don’t represent most gun owners, and given that they could have easily chosen to not endorse any presidential candidate, but instead chose to endorse a man they once called "one
of the premier flag carriers for the enemies of the Second Amendment,” they have absolutely proven they have no principles whatsoever.
a fact. Neither candidate for president will take away your guns.
Therefore, it’s time to tell the NRA to kiss your ass, and vote for
your country, not just your guns.