The NR-F MinusDecember 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm by Brian
Full disclosure: I am not now or have I ever been a member of the NRA. Nor do I ever have any plans to be. It’s not that I disagree with their mission as much as the way that they go about doing it. Donating money to allegedly pro-gun Democrats who pimp their endorsement to win conservative districts and then shoot them in the back with the gun that they gave them. It’s like Michael Steele left the RNC and now presides over the NRA. Just who’s side are you on?
It is time for Wayne LaPierre to retire to some great tree stand far removed from a television camera, microphone or interviewer. He is no more than a doddering relic locked in 30 year old arguments. Wholly unprepared and singularly unlikeable, if the NRA would like to lose the current national debate they could do no better than continuing with LaPierre as their face to the public. He is the Pat Robertson of the 2nd Amendment and, quite frankly, the 2nd Amendment deserves a lot better than Wayne LaPierre.
I say this following his numerous misfires on Meet The Press. A dreadful interview. Into the liberal lion’s den he went, with literal crap in the corner of his mouth while David Gregory studiously avoided mentioning it to him for the entirety of the
prosecution decidedly hostile cross-examination. While the idea of having an armed guard or allowing a licensed teacher to be able to carry may have some merit, the rote delivery of “what we need is a good guy with a gun x 15″ is some of the lamest rhetoric I’ve heard since Mitt Romney told people to vote for “love of country” contra Obama’s message of revenge. Like the Republicans selecting Romney to take on the failure of the Obama presidency, the NRA is sending a rusty blunderbuss into a landmined warzone with motion detecting sentry cannons.
This is the best you’ve got? This speaks nothing of his press conference earlier this week where he dusted of such golden oldies as:
And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal. There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like “Bullet Storm,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Mortal Combat,” and “Splatterhouse.”
These are the comments of someone who has no connection to modern culture. Twenty-year old video games that no one has seen since the Clinton Administration? I understand the argument. However, it’s being poorly made and delivered by someone reading it off of index cards who could not extemporaneously produce a more relevant example. There are ultraviolent video games out there. Call of Duty, Battlefield, Resident Evil. They make more than Hollywood blockbusters. Many more with subversive elements like Bioshock. Breaking Bad glamorizes meth dealing. American Horror Story glamorized Columbine. Calling out Mortal Combat or “Kindergarten Killers” is tantamount to demanding Dee Snyder testify in front of Congress again.
The NRA needs a new messenger. One who’s had a little less surgery and is not locked in the good old days when Charlton Heston could smooth over his bellicosity to those not in the choir. There are numerous people – Democrat party officials, school teachers and the other Democrat nuts who are making death threats against the members of the NRA with impunity and the equivalent of an endorsement from the media. Not a word from LaPierre. We don’t need guns to hunt deer. We need guns to kill Democrats who want to kill us.
He offered no response to Blowdry’s suggetion that the NRA be responsible for funding guards in schools? Really? Why not force Planned Parenthood to pay for abstinence education at public schools? This leap of demanding a private organization to assume guilt and financial responsibility for the actions taken by someone who was not a member or supporter is downright Soviet. The shooter is dead. The mother he killed to illegally obtain the weapon he used is dead. Eric Holder is ripping a page out of Vladimir Putin’s playbook and providing some sham pretext to raid the store where Nancy Lanza legally purchased her rifle. A store that did nothing wrong is being raided because someone tried to rob it and the media is painting it as “they were being raided by the feds for other reasons”.
Where is the argument about personal responsibility? Whether it’s the movies you watch, the pills you take, the car you drive, the gun you buy it is no shock that the party who does not believe in individual responsibility would do so in this case either. But for the head of the NRA to spew some “it’s as much everybody’s fault as us” is a rhetorical failing. It’s Hollywood’s fault. It’s video games fault. Blah, blah, blah. There was one person responsible for the Newtown shooting and that person is dead. If he would have lived Liberals would be arguing that he should get an attorney free of charge, get his Bachelor’s Degree and suckle on the taxpayer’s teat for 70 years until he died of old age. Every few years one would argue that he didn’t get a fair trial and should be let go like the amateur Norman Mailers they are.
These are serious times and the 2nd Amendment demands a serious defender. To paraphrase I Own The World’s observation, the people who say it’s impossible to deport 12 million illegal aliens are somehow convinced that they are going to confiscate 280 million firerams. The notion floated by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo lets the gungrabber’s mask slip:
In a radio interview on Thursday with Albany’s WGDJ-AM, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said that he plans to work with state legislators next month to submit a proposal for new gun-control laws; in particular, Cuomo said, “our focus is assault weapons,” because current state laws regulating the weapons “have more holes that Swiss cheese.”
“I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’” he said.
Cuomo continued, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
The 2nd Amendment was not written to protect the rights of hunters. Much less “legitimate” hunters as deemed by the Governor of New York. It was meant so that a tyrannical government would get its bloody comeuppance when the time inevitably comes. It was meant to stop Andrew Cuomos and Michael Bloombergs. Your government is breaking into your home at night. It is stealing the rings off your fingers at the funeral home. It is stealing your child’s birthright. And now it wants to steal the god-given right for you to be able to defend yourself.
You win the argument through debate so that you do not have to win it on your doorstep. LaPierre has failed at that job.
RELATED: Did David Gregory violate D.C. law with his extremely violent, high capacity prop comedy ambush of LaPierre this morning? Video at Legal Insurrection complete with LaPierre’s visible mouth crud. Spoiler Alert – probably. But he’d get mad if you showed a picture of an abortion when debating “choice”.
Thanks to BigFurHat at the always hilarious IOTW for the linky and the kind words. As a sidebar, I don’t discount the need to encapsulate one’s message so that it can fit on a bumpersticker. I do find fault with LaPierre’s numerous attempts to jam the clumsy
penis talking point of his test-polled catchphrase into whatever lull in a hostile interview that he mistakes as a hole an opening. But I say that about everybody.