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Excerpt: "The NRA's relentless work to protect Second Amendment rights, even in the wake of recent deadly shootings, has drawn criticism from groups that advocate gun control and nonviolence."

A visitor at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in St. Louis, where gun owners expressed a reluctance to jump to conclusions in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  (photo: Daniel Acker/NYT)
A visitor at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in St. Louis, where gun owners expressed a reluctance to jump to conclusions in the killing of Trayvon Martin. (photo: Daniel Acker/NYT)

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+48 # RMDC 2012-08-15 17:17
The NRA has always been the biggest scam on earth. It is an arm of the Republican party, just like the National Right to Life Coalition, Fox News, the Federalist society, and some others. The right wing has discovered that they can flog an issue like gun control to death and lots of really stupid people will buy memberships and send in money to protect them from anti-gun legislation. Same with abortion. Same with the constitution.

Lower middle class whites send money to the NRA and the people who run it pay themselves huge salaries for mostly just fear mongering. Most of the money ends up in Republican campaigns.

The idiocy of americans just knows no bounds. No one is going to take anyone's guns away. There are probably a half billion guns in the US. There are not enough liberals on the planet to collect them all.

I wish I could think of a stupid issue and then defraud lower middle class whites out of their money. I'd be a millionaire in the good old republican way -- fraud.
-26 # JTHinSD 2012-08-15 22:56
So, what's your point? Do you have one? Is the NRA the only organization, of any stripe, that's guilty of the hypocrisy you describe?

It'd be nice if a "stupid American" might do a similar analysis of, saaaay, SEIU? AFL-CIO? Brady Campaign? Wouldn't it!
+22 # Terrapin 2012-08-16 09:10
As a proud SEIU UNION Medical Laboratory Scientist I crossmatched THOUSANDS of units of blood for GUNSHOT victims, police offices, criminals, and hundreds of innocent bistanders alike, I resent your STUPID AMERICAN comment.
I, and the Medical staff, doctors, nurses, rehab person, social workers etc. are sick and tired rectifying the CARNAGE the NRA and your kneejerk, junkyard dog support inflicts on the health care costs of the nation.

When YOU or a member of your tribe gets caught in the crossfire I suggest you go to your local NRA chapter to medical assistance.

Grow up and become a RESPONSIBLE citizen.
+6 # robniel 2012-08-17 13:04
It's amazing that the gun lobby has been so successful in getting their work done and paid for by NRA members' dues. Saves the gun manufacturers a fortune. I quit the NRA when the organization turned into a political tool pushing policies destructive to America.
-15 # istealllamas 2012-08-15 23:00
"The NRA's relentless work to protect Second Amendment rights, even in the wake of recent deadly shootings, has drawn criticism from groups that advocate gun control and nonviolence."

Not to take anything away from this very interesting profile of the NRA, but that (from the RSN email I got with the link) is about as banal of a statement as I've ever read.
-29 # Himmelstass 2012-08-16 03:24
The NRA is resisting the rise of fascism in America. All fascist states confiscate all privately owned firearms at the earliest possible date. The Democrats with their form of fascism, and the Republicans with their form of fascism, are not exceptions.
+3 # ghostperson 2012-08-17 09:36
How come I still have my guns? Democrats are too disorganized to achieve a fascist state. They can't agree on what to have for lunch. Republicans have overshot fascism and moved right on to jaw-dropping, cultural insanity.
+3 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-18 12:57
Fascism is a corporate ruled state. That has been the express goal of the republican party for years. The NRA wholly supports the republican party. How can you say with a straight face that it is resisting fascism?
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-08-16 11:02
As a 'higgerant furriner who hopes to return to my more rational countrie(s) (but with formerly very violent histories themselves) someday, I have decided to accept that the medievalist USA is unlikely to see any meaningful gun-control legislation passed in my lifetime, so I just go about my business unarmed and intend to remain so (it was never part of my upbringing but self-defense was, as my dad was a judo and boxing instructor when in the British army) in the hope the some over-armed reactionary nutcase that I may have happened to have pissed-off by trying to debate with then rationally and have silenced with reason, doesn't take it into their swollen-with-ha te skulls to pot me from a safe distance.
And to those who keep chucking the word "Fascist" and "Fascist State" around, you have no idea what nor where you are howlin' about. The NRA is a powerful part of the "Divide and Conquer" mentality encouraged by the Corporate State led by the Rethugs and Tea-bugger ignoramuses who love to send others off to war to cement in place a shaky "Pax Americana". When I lived in Franco's Spain and Suharto's Indonesia, most of the poor -who were the majority, just couldn't afford guns but in Spain at least, had them anyway (for sustenance hunting).
The more heavily armed private citizens become, the more of an excuse the state has for militarizing their cops. Try going up against an fully armed and armored troop carrier with your li'l ol' AK-47s!
+6 # chrisconnolly 2012-08-16 11:48
The American mentality that the 'the more guns the safer' is about as moronic as the low IQ of the man Texas just executed. The NRA seems always to be saying that if you have a gun your going to be able to defend yourself. Smoke and wires. If you don't have a job or medical care how safe will another gun make you? Do people really believe that if the people in that movie theater would have had guns then there wouldn't have been the carnage? Please. We are violent christians who don't give a good god damn about Jesus' teachings. Except when we can rail against abortion. I don't think there was ever common sense on this issue.
+7 # regguns 2012-08-16 12:18
Recently I spoke to two Tea Party people who argued that they needed guns if they ever needed to "take back" our country since we used guns to win our independence from Great Britain. They forgot history. The first war was against a king and put the power of the people into the hands of the people. I asked how they were going to use their gun. Shoot their neighbors on the way to the polls if they disagree with them? No comment Back then it was one shot then reload. Today a pull of the trigger kills dozens. Concerned sportsmen, help work for proper gun control and registration. Give our law enforcement officers help. Who needs dozens of guns in the hands of individuals other than the gun makers who reap millions in profits.
+4 # ghostperson 2012-08-17 09:44
I have a lost of friends in various federal law enforcement agencies. They refer to the slobbering over guns crowed as "gun queers." They all carry guns. I have guns but they are incidental elements of each of our lives, not the raison d'etre for existence. Americans are a population know for "transitory hysteria." We are not unique but we cerainly have this as significant part of our psychological equipment. Consider prohibition, the red scare, Joseph Mcarthy, the tea baggers. I miss the days when people could simply have differences and not everything had to be tantamount to WWIII.
+2 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-18 13:03
The NRA keeps telling us that guns aren't responsible for all these shootings, people are. So the question they need to answer is how do we keep people like the ones who have done the shootings from getting guns? All the guns involved in these shootings have been legally obtained from Columbine on to the four cops killed in Mississippi. Even the guns that the narcos used to kill the DEA agent were obtained legally under US law because there were no laws about who can buy guns and what kind of guns they can buy.

So, NRA. How do we stop these people from getting guns?
-3 # D.L.K. 2012-12-31 07:22
I am the NRA and I vote.
+1 # ghostperson 2013-01-01 10:19
I am not NRA but have guns. I vote too. So we cancel each other out.

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