Skip to comments.The NRA’s real interest (Megabarf alert!)
Posted on 08/05/2012 6:11:21 PM PDT by neverdem
It is easy to ignore the issue of gun control, given the perfect leaderlessness it enjoys in Congress. Then again, it becomes harder to ignore when your relatives or friends are murdered in the company of someone you idolize, which describes thousands of us here.
I have owned guns, continuously, since I was 6. I still own my grandfathers pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz. All the guns Ive owned have been what are quaintly called long guns. I began my brief assault on local fauna at age 12 and I had taken four white-tailed deer, a couple of javelina and innumerable quail and dove by the time I got my drivers license at 16.
There are, today, few who hunt with handguns or assault rifles equipped with 100-clip magazines. There are even fewer reasons to do so. But the National Rifle Associations principal focus has evolved mostly to those. It is news to no one that the NRA has abandoned the sportsman in every practical sense. If the group were honest, it would change its name.
The NRA not only dependably opposes limits on assault-rifle sales but even opposes reporting bulk sales of assault rifles. Last year, the NRA went to the mat to prevent anyone from cross-checking the names of those on the terrorist watch list against the names of those buying guns.
These two actions clarify beyond argument that the safety and welfare of you and yours have simply dropped from the NRAs list of priorities. The NRA represents gun manufacturers, period.
Now, handguns excel at certain things. They are unequaled at killing people at close range quite useful for law enforcement officers and drug dealers. Theyre genuine security in a drawer for those who have received unambiguous threats, like my friend Gabby Giffords.
Theyre even a useful, if dubious, tool to defend yourself from murderers and rapists breaking in at 2 a.m. That hasnt happened to me in the past 60 years. But maybe your experience is different. NRA President Wayne LaPierre thinks it might happen to you tonight.
And how else are the gun manufacturers going to grow the market, to sell more than the 3 million handguns they already do per year? Fear is a great motivator; mass murder is great for the gun business.
Just weeks ago a dozen citizens were murdered and about five dozen plugged with slugs from a trinity of firearms. Setting aside the shotgun, it bears mentioning that the Glock and assault rifle James Holmes is suspected of firing in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater were being used for the purpose for which they were designed, manufactured and sold.
But the gun makers have no product-liability litigation to worry about because in 2005 Congress approved and President George W. Bush signed into law legislation providing immunity for gun manufacturers from the foreseeable consequence of building instruments of murder.
But blessed be the gun makers, for they are pardoned in advance.
It strikes me that the NRA is pretty comfortable when debates over mass murder devolve into intellectual discussions relating to civility vs. demagoguery, insanity vs. impressionability and freedom vs. the tyranny of gun zealots. The more abstract, the better.
In the end, however, its simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens. If you think the countrys policies are shaped by Judeo-Christian values, youre not paying attention.
Michael McNulty, an attorney in Tucson, was chairman of the Giffords for Congress campaign in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
What a crapweasel! If it was a real problem, let the Congress authorize it. Bulk sales of semi-automatic, so called "assault rifles" were not a significant problem until they tried Fast and Furious to gin up the numbers when it blew up in their faces!
writer comfirmed full retard.
Yet another liberal moron who thinks that the Second Amendment is about hunting.
Let’s ban all the bad machines and only allow good machines to be built.
Yes, the author certainly knows what he's talking about... Handguns? Yes, they're used for hunting. But more to the point, they're used as defense, primarily against 2 legged predators.
And a "100 clip magazine?" My guess is that would be larger than a .50cal ammo can!
He presents his bone fides, and immediately proves he's NOT what he tries to present.
Thanks for the barf alert, über-liberalism is to be expected from the pioneer press, but this one went above and beyond..
Ok McNulty, what do you think of Obama’s Fast and Furious project? That is the one where at least hundreds of what you call assualt rifles went into Mexical and were responsible for at least 200 deaths plus some agents on this side of the border.
>>I still own my grandfathers pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz.
100-clip magazine?? If his grandfather was as the author described him, he would probably kick the author’s pillow-biting, suburban, cowardly ass for claiming to know things that men know and for pretending to have done things that men do. This liar has never handled any hardware more dangerous than a Shake-Weight!
How ‘bout Mike McNutty having product liability exposure for those people who invest in his journalistic product, disarm as he advises, and then are murdered or maimed by criminals that they cannot protect themselves against? After all if a doctor gives you bad medical advice or performs improperly medically, ya can sue him.
Hey, McNulty, let ME decide what I need and you decide what you need.
And I want me one! I figger it's gotta be 800 or a thousand bullet shells at least!
More tripe from the gun grabber crowd. And I couldn’t care less what guns he has owned in his life...he still wants to take away any that YOU own.
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I still own my grandfathers pump-action Winchester, carried for decades in a scabbard behind his saddle as he rode the range where he ranched, in Wikieup, Ariz.
A pump-action Winchester? Possibly known in the real world as “lever action”? My guess is that his grandfather carried a lever action Winchester carbine in a scabbard behind his saddle which held 6-8 cartridges that would make it an “AK 47” in his circles although I’m sure that it could be retrofitted to hold “100 clips” of ammo by application of magic. I would suggest that he just sell it to me for $50 because it might hurt someone if left unattended.
Ummm...the Constitution says nothing at all about hunting.
However, it does have much to say about the security of a free state. It's in the same sentence that states 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'
Michael McNulty can go p!$$ up a rope.
And what the hell is a clip magazine?