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The NRA’s tone-deaf rhetoric
The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eugene Robinson

Posted on 02/05/2013 7:52:29 AM PST by fractionated

Despite the best efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and like-minded groups to make sure this business remains unfinished, reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda.

This is partly due to the ravings of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and spokesman, who almost single-handedly, or single-mouthedly, is making the pro-gun argument sound even crazier and more irresponsible than it is. And that’s saying something.

This weekend, LaPierre treated viewers of “Fox News Sunday” to some of his lunacy. Anchor Chris Wallace gave him the opportunity to disavow the NRA’s shameful ad accusing President Obama of hypocrisy for supporting gun control while his own family is protected by armed Secret Service agents. LaPierre stuck to his guns, such as they were....

In Senate hearings last week, LaPierre portrayed life in the United States as one long horror movie. “What people all over the country fear today is being abandoned by their government,” he said. “If a tornado hits, if a hurricane hits, if a riot occurs, that they’re going to be out there alone, and the only way they’re going to protect themselves, in the cold, in the dark, when they’re vulnerable, is with a firearm.”

He left out the zombies.

With so many members of Congress already bought and paid for, it’s understandable that the NRA would feel a measure of confidence. But I believe the pro-gun lobby is seriously overplaying its hand, and that the wind has shifted....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; democrats; guncontrol; gunrights; guns; nra; secondamendment; youwillnotdisarmus
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The NRA has really been shooting itself in the foot (no pun intended) lately, and could do more harm than good on this issue.
1 posted on 02/05/2013 7:52:42 AM PST by fractionated
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To: fractionated

The NRA has added 500,000 members in recent weeks. The Post’s circulation has dropped 30% in recent years. Who is tone deaf?


2 posted on 02/05/2013 7:53:40 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Dr. Sivana

No less than Bill Clintoon credited the NRA with the defeat of Algore’s presidential campaign.


3 posted on 02/05/2013 7:55:56 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Dr. Sivana

NRA soaring, Post falling, bump.


4 posted on 02/05/2013 7:56:05 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: fractionated

Seeing this idiot use words like “lunacy” is almost as amusing as his notion he’s a capable thinker and relevant.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 7:57:39 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny ( 9iThought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: fractionated
Uh ... sure.

CT?

6 posted on 02/05/2013 7:58:04 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: fractionated

NRA more popular than the president last time they surveyed.


7 posted on 02/05/2013 7:58:37 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: fractionated

The NRA has only been shooting itself in the foot if you are listening to the MSM and drinking their Koolaid. The NRA is finally listening to their membership. We have drawn a line in the sand, and are not going to take it anymore.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 7:58:59 AM PST by rickomatic
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To: fractionated

How does Eugene “Token” Robinson keep his job. Surely even the Washington Post can do better than this.


9 posted on 02/05/2013 7:59:49 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: fractionated

**** reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda. ****

Reducing gun violence has never been the goal. The total disarmament of citizens has been the goal.

If a reduction in violence had been the goal the problem would have been solved in 1968.

“Today we begin to disarm the criminal and the careless and the insane. All of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day.

- Lyndon Johnson when he signed the 1968 GCA into law.


10 posted on 02/05/2013 8:00:06 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: fractionated

Wow, you’ve really become a fantastic lib cheerleader over the past two weeks. I smell ozone in your future...


11 posted on 02/05/2013 8:01:10 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: fractionated

The NRA has really been shooting itself in the foot (no pun intended) lately, and could do more harm than good on this issue.


Concern troll?


12 posted on 02/05/2013 8:01:10 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Tyranny -> Genocide)
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To: fractionated

LaPierre sucks as a spokesman. The NRA has a lot of money.
Hire Fred Thompson a pro.


13 posted on 02/05/2013 8:01:32 AM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: fractionated
The NRA has really been shooting itself in the foot (no pun intended) lately, and could do more harm than good on this issue.

Go back the the White Hut, shill.

"Gun violence" has been declining for years as the rate of gun ownership has increased.

INCONVENIENT FACT: According to the peer-reviewed Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, countries with strict gun control laws have higher murder and suicide rates than those without.

DOCUMENTATION: Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence by Don B. Kates and Gary Mauser, Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, pages 649-694. (To download a PDF copy of the journal article, simply Google the title. It is available on the web free of charge.)

QUOTE FROM ARTICLE: “If you are surprised by our findings, so are we. We did not begin this research with any intent to “exonerate” handguns, but there it is — a negative finding, to be sure, but a negative finding is nevertheless a positive contribution. It directs us where not to aim public health resources.”

INDIRECTION: The trick hoplophobes always use is to say that America has higher gun-murder rates than other countries, but many of those “murders” are criminals killed in the act of committing violent crimes or criminal gang members killing each other. Compare absolute murder rates, and the result is “more guns, less murder.” (Source: GunFacts.info)

SECOND INCONVENIENT FACT: According to DOJ crime statistics, guns are used by US citizens 2.5 million times per year to prevent violent crimes like rape, robbery, home-invasion and carjacking, 99% of the time without a shot being fired. (Source: GunFacts.info)

THIRD INCONVENIENT FACT: Rifles are used in less than 1% of gun crimes. “Assault weapons” (AKA semiautomatic rifles) are used in a small fraction of that 1%. (Source: GunFacts.info)

QUESTION: If gun-free zones make people safe, then why don’t we declare the immediate vicinity of the President and Vice-President to be gun-free zones and send the Secret Service home? Or are gun-free zones good enough for our kids, but not good enough for our overlords? It is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for politicians to surround themselves with armed guards while dictating that our children be soft targets.

METAPHOR: America has more private gun ownership than most other countries, so naturally there are more gun murders. America also has more hospitals than most other countries, so naturally we have more people dying in hospitals. Does that mean we should outlaw hospitals?

FINAL INCONVENIENT FACT: Since 1900, governments have murdered 262 million of their own citizens, and gun control was always the first step.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION:

20th Century Democide (Google title for link)

Of Holocausts and Gun Control, Washington University Law Quarterly, Volume 75, Number 3, Fall 1997 (pp. 1237-1275) (To download a PDF copy of the journal article, simply Google the title. It is available on the web free of charge.)

14 posted on 02/05/2013 8:01:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: fractionated

Only a nOOb troll would post a Eugene Robinson article along with a comment that cast that marxist Bronco-Bama son of an author in a favorable light and denigrated the NRA.

fractionated — since 2012-12-12


15 posted on 02/05/2013 8:01:46 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

How about this “tone” -

We know your end goal is total confiscation.
We know your means to that end is incrementalism.

We say “NO”.


16 posted on 02/05/2013 8:02:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“Today we begin to disarm the criminal and the careless and the insane.”

He was talking about the government, right?


17 posted on 02/05/2013 8:02:54 AM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I used your comment on his Facebook page where this article is being discussed. Thought I would let you know that I plagiarized you. Without attribution. Sue me!


18 posted on 02/05/2013 8:03:28 AM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: fractionated
Has anybody checked to see if Eugene Robinson carries his own weapon?

Or does he have Security protection?

If so, let's hear about it.

If not, let's spread the word:

Eugene Robinson is unarmed and his house is unprotected!

19 posted on 02/05/2013 8:04:39 AM PST by eCSMaster (Palin was correct!)
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To: fractionated

The NRA has 3 million fans.

AA sophist Eugene Robinson has three - his poodle, the corner Ripple clerk and the guy who cuts out his column for lining the cat litter box.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 8:04:53 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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