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Colmes writes: "The National Rifle Association has an extensive enemies list, and I am, frankly, insulted that I am not on it. The list is sorely lacking."

The NRA's enemy list is growing. (photo: CREDO)
The NRA's enemy list is growing. (photo: CREDO)

Dear NRA, Please Put Me on Your Enemies List

By Alan Colmes, Reader Supported News

02 February 13


he National Rifle Association has an extensive enemies list, and I am, frankly, insulted that I am not on it. The list is sorely lacking. Politicians favoring gun regulations are absent, as are this thing we have in the digital era called websites. Addicting Info would be a nice addition, not to mention Occupy the NRA. I have a little site called Liberaland that isn't exactly an NRA press shop. Maybe if they spent less time playing shoot-em-up and gave The Google an occasional whirl, they'd know what century it is. Some of the people on the list are actually dead. I loved Nora Ephron and Jill Clayburgh, but they're not currently setting the world on fire. Nor is the late soap star John Ingle. I may not be the biggest name, nor am I the most important voice speaking out against the NRA's foolish, out-of-touch positions, but at least I'm operating above room temperature. HELLO!

Some of the NRA's "enemies" are groups like Hadassah, the U.S. Catholic Conference, and the YWCA. At least all major religions are covered. Then you have your evil, gun-hating corporations like Sara Lee. Sara Lee? I suppose their new slogan will have to be "Nobody Doesn't Like Sara Lee, Except The National Rifle Association." The Kansas City Royals made the list. I never knew they took a position on gun control. And there's the more-predictable Ben and Jerry's (new flavor: Glock-y Road). Under entertainers you have your Rob Reiners and Barbra Streisands, right along with Boyz II Men and the Temptations. The Temptations? Really? There have been at least 22 members of the Temptations since the group was formed in 1960, and some of them, like the beloved Ephron and Clayburgh, are dead. But again, as for being on the NRA enemies list, breathing is not a prerequisite.

I think I'd fit in nicely on the part of the list featuring those who editorialize about guns. This is another way I have a leg up on The Temptations - who I don't think usually sing about lethal weapons - and those who are dead, who have not lately weighed in. Since it's alphabetical, I could be seamlessly tucked in between Marie Cocco and E.J. Dionne, Jr. if it wouldn't be too much trouble.

If anybody keeping score for the NRA sees this, thank you very much for your consideration.

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+110 # Barbara K 2013-02-02 13:40
What a shameless bunch of death peddlers! I am definitely on their enemy list. They are making lots of blood money off the bloodshed of children and adults both. The NRA is a National Disgrace. If people want hunting rifles, they don't need the money-grubbing NRA. No one does. They are getting wealthy off a bunch of people who don't need to be feeding the beast.
+29 # hd70642 2013-02-02 14:39
Did not Richard Nixion have an enemies list as well ?
+43 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-02-02 17:37
Fortunately, the head of the NRA made an "arse" out of himself during the recent hearings. He said, "no criminal will agree to a background check." Moderator, "you missed the point. That is why the background check is vital." What a jackass the head of the NRA made himself out to be.
+105 # myungbluth 2013-02-02 13:46
N othing
R easonable
A ccepted

NRA + GOP = Death
-35 # edge 2013-02-03 07:55
Quoting myungbluth:
N othing
R easonable
A ccepted

NRA + GOP = Death

So, you find the Second Amendment objectionable!
Do you not find the First Amendment worth fighting for?
How about a woman's right to an abortion?

What I find MOST objectionable about almost every response on this forum is their intolerance!

If it is not a RIGHT that you subscribe to then it is not worth a damn!

Well, I am a older male and have no need for an abortion, so let's eliminate abortions...tak e a POLL and I bet I would win by a large majority!

BUT, you would object, and that shows your bias!

Either fight for everyone's rights or see your favorites eroded!
+8 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 11:18
Since now we are voting and I can't resist the ballot -
Second Amendment: thumbs down
First Amendment: thumbs up
Abortion rights: thumbs up
-23 # edge 2013-02-03 12:03
Quoting Todd Williams:
Since now we are voting and I can't resist the ballot -
Second Amendment: thumbs down
First Amendment: thumbs up
Abortion rights: thumbs up

PLEASE put up a sign at your house that you are a "Gun Free Zone" and you do not want to be protected by firearms!

Idiots for gun free zones deserve to be preyed upon by criminals!
Please call 911 and wait while you are raped or murdered, but don't come crying to the supporters of the 2nd Amendment!!

I will nominate YOU for theis years Darwin Award!
+1 # Todd Williams 2013-02-04 08:23
Thank you, edge, for that award. I will cherish it forever. You are so magnaimous!
+1 # nancyw 2013-02-04 12:06
You ought to get your paranoia treated. Life-toting fear is a sad way to live. Fear and anger under which lies a great deal of sadness and hurt. Deal with that and maybe there will be less crime in our society.
+66 # reiverpacific 2013-02-02 14:35
So what do they do with this "Enemies List", send out death threats?
Their true enemies are all rational and thinking people.
+41 # hd70642 2013-02-02 14:38
Well it seems when you chose Glen Beck as a spokes person who acts like spastic combo of Joe Cocker and Charles Manson , you know you are drawling the tin foil hat crowd that makes the scientologist look far more grounded in reality!!! Hell when your world view makes the tabloids /comic books look like the new York times you know their reality check is bouncing more than a pinball in play in the who;s rock opera Tommy !!. You know when they believe a bungled sting operation called fast and furious that was started by George W Bush is really Ohbama's secret attempt to take their guns away It begs to inquire who is narrating their life Rod sterling or Forest Whitaker ?
N R A Not really aWare
Nut jobs Raving Aimlessly
-23 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 20:23
One inaccuracy in your paragraph:
In Bush's version of it, the guns had "tracking devices"--minia ture radio transmitters to find the guns later, and arrest their bosses. Mexico HAS strict gun-control laws, and we can joke later about their effectiveness.
Obama's version REMOVED the tracking devices, literally giving Mexican criminals untraceable guns and increasing Mexicans' access to America, declaring American National Parks off-limits TO AMERICANS!

By taking off the tracking devices alone, he ruined the whole operation. You cannot compare the two!
+6 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 07:48
How dare you insult Joe Cocker and Charles Manson!
+60 # Ray Kondrasuk 2013-02-02 14:45
"Guns don't kill people. People kill people".

"Blaming guns for Newtown is like blaming airplanes for 9/11".

"Tens of thousands of people die in accidents every year, yet we don't call for eliminating cars".

These anemic analogies, shallow and simplistic, must be challenged:

Airplanes, when used as designed and intended, carry millions of passengers in speed, comfort and, above all... safety. As pilots often remind their customers upon touch-down: "Thank you for flying with us. You have just completed the safest leg of your journey". After exceedingly infrequent tragic fatalities, FAA officials scour the site for clues to make such events even rarer.

Seat belts, air bags, ABS, traction control, crumple zones make current vehicles safer than ever. Fatalities are mainly due to distracted/impa ired driving, road conditions, excessive speed, and occasionally mechanical failure. But used as designed and intended, passengers travel safely.

Guns are designed to fire high-velocity projectiles that inflict structural damage... marked to considerable to massive... on the objects they strike.

Aim, accuracy are supposedly esteemed virtues to gun enthusiasts. Perhaps, then, that leading phrase can be expanded a bit: "Guns don't kill people. People, using guns as they are designed and intended to be used, kill people.
+46 # Regina 2013-02-02 16:06
Above all, cars must be registered, and drivers must qualify for licenses. And that data is traceable anywhere in the country. And far more so for pilots, both the air variety and the water variety. The NRA leadership is so far off balance that we really must question their sanity, individually and collectively -- after tracing their corruption, of course, their same-old money tie-in with dealers.
+34 # kalpal 2013-02-02 16:31
Guns are not the problem. The easy availability of guns to the lunatic fringe, and I do include the NRA's management in the group, is the problem.

If you are so scared of your government that you need to have an armory then maybe you should find another nation that fails to scare you so badly is my response to the silly guys.
+16 # hd70642 2013-02-02 16:42
To be honest if they did not get eliminate the practice of institutionaliz ing the unbalanced the problems of shooting sprees would have been greatly diminished and making sure medicines were safe before marketing them!!!. However limiting the magazine capacity to ten rounds will not impede somebody's ability to defend themselves . To be realistic it is highly unlikely that they will ever go back to locking up screwballs ! Also both 911 and shootings sprees have something in common if proper background checks were applied maniacs would have neither access to guns or airplanes!!
-22 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 20:24
Guns ARE meant to kill, but remember, the technology itself is not evil, but the people using it might be.
Good guys can use guns to kill bad guys, or bad guys can use them to kill good guys.

But if you ever DO find a gun running around and aiming itself, everyone from the skeeziest tabloid to the highest scientific journals will be throwing you piles of money for the photos!
+9 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 07:51
EPGAH3, I suppose you don't find nuclear bombs evil either? After all, they're just technology so it's okay to own one. Jeeze...
+10 # Ray Kondrasuk 2013-02-02 22:54
In Illinois in 2011 there were 452 homicides; 83% involved guns.

This according to FBI statistics (2012 stats should soon be available) at

So, a corollary: "Guns don't kill people; people kill people. And when they do, they likely reach for a gun".
+46 # Beverly 2013-02-02 15:03
YES, I would very much want to be on your enemy list, as I am a strong believer that very few people can be trusted with guns, because this particular instrument seems to attract the less intelligent and more defensive personality.
Beverly Smith
+46 # Sweet Pea 2013-02-02 15:14
Living near the city of Flint, Michigan, it is very evident that guns and poverty are the bigest threat to our society. Strange that the Republicans seem to not want to address either of these problems. We need jobs for our young citizens. Too many teens have nothing to do but run around and kill. Shame on a society that lets this happen.
+27 # Citizen Mike 2013-02-02 15:45
Be fun if someone started a website which allowed us all to sign up to be on the NRA's Enemies List! Be nice if some celebrities signed up!
-1 # Dave45 2013-02-04 00:39
Better yet--what if people started a letter-writing campaign to the NRA requesting to be put on their "enemies list?" The NRA offices could be flooded with "applications."
+31 # DakotaKid 2013-02-02 15:53
Don't feel bad if you're not on it. Pity the NRA. A complete enemies list would have - what? - 270 million names on it... Face it, the NRA doesn't represent the vast majority in this country. And neither does the US Congress.
+19 # smendler 2013-02-02 16:09
(stands on chair, waving arms)

Me! Me! Over here, Wayne!! Yoohoo!!
+11 # kalpal 2013-02-02 16:28
Being added to the list may loom large in this guy's legend but will in no enhance the NRA. Go do something to scare Wayne Lapierre and you may be given a place of honor in the list.
+17 # lamancha 2013-02-02 16:45
Tell the goons at NRA ot read the left or front side of the 2nd Amendment - they only choose to read the right side "the people" - but what of the left that is first and most importantly enunciated " "A well regulated militia". This side is ignored by the NRA, Supreme Court and even the prez " I believe in 2nd Amendment rights.' But since "well regulated militia" has been conveniently bypassed & ignored, there is no way that the 2nd is valid with this one sided view.
+12 # in deo veritas 2013-02-02 17:49
The requirement for a well regulated militia was designed to protect the general population from Indians. The public was greatly opposed to having a standing army for fear it would be used against them instead. Thus each community or other government entity was responsible for its own defense. This in no way expected individuals to maintain a virtual arsenal as some gun nuts maintain today. There were very few if any organized or properly trained police forces before the latter days of the 19th century and despite popular folklore, sheriffs were elected as tax collectors not as shootists. Times have changed, indeed, but the NRA ignores it.
+13 # Gogojoe 2013-02-02 16:47
I'm sure there are the names of 20 beautiful little kids on the list.
After all, if it wasn't for them, mouth breather LaPierre & company would still be comfortably hiding behind their flawed constitutional arguments.
+5 # Ray Kondrasuk 2013-02-03 06:04
Isolated murders barely make the local news; yet in total, they add up to more than a Newtown a day since December 14.

49 days; 1,492 gun deaths... more than 30 a day.

God bless America.
-42 # skylinefirepest 2013-02-02 17:07
What a bunch of hogwash from the ultra liberal readers of RSN. If you think the police can protect you, then do yourself a favor and ASK ONE!!! You are responsible for your own safety, no one else is. I'm a twenty one year fireman who works closely with law enforcement and I'm a Life Member...but then I DO REALIZE the risks out there. The only answer to a bad person with a gun is a GOOD person with a gun. Don't believe me? Well I'll be glad to take you to several places and let you get out of my truck and walk back...and pay you twenty bucks if you make it without incident!!
+10 # in deo veritas 2013-02-02 17:58
If the politicians, ambulance chasers, and so-called judges allowed law enforcement to do its job this wouldn't be a controversy. There are the people to blame and to be dealt with. Since they are self-serving entities who profit from chaos and violence they are not likely to interfere. Eliminating the lunatic fringe, gangs, etc. by any means necessary is the only answer. I too realize the risks out there and also know that I do not need the NRA or an assault rifle for protection.
-16 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 20:27
Funny, I got thumbed down for saying civilians should kill their own criminals on another thread!
But I agree with eliminating gangs by any means necessary. Sadly, the only means available are guns and blades, and blades are a little out of place in this era.
+23 # wwway 2013-02-02 18:11
If you know of such a place to drive to then why are you alive? LOL Dude, Nancy Lanza was murdered by her son, with her gun, in her home, in her bed. That wasn't a safe place for her to be was it?
-15 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 20:29
We know of these places and avoid them.
Bad sides of town where even if you survive, the cops don't bother with, "What did the assailant look like?", replacing it with "Why were you in THAT part of town?"
Sadly, this means that there ARE places in America that are off-limits to Americans, de facto, if not de juro!
+5 # kelly 2013-02-03 12:11
Then explain pleas why the person...a marine sniper for chrissake, in a place where guns are obviously allowed...a shooting range...a marine sniper who had over 160 kills...was himself killed today with his friend. Two good guys, two guns of their own vs, one bad guy with a gun. Two losses of life and neither was the "bad" guy. Please explain if you can.
You and the NRA's convoluted reasoning can't.
+5 # rockieball 2013-02-02 18:12
So you're saying that a person who does not like guns and dose not want one in order to protect themselves from a gun owner should go and buy one.
+13 # Phlippinout 2013-02-02 20:29
What is the definition of a good person? White? Cop? Anyone without a hoodie? Get real, in the heat of the moment, who the hell can tell who the good guy is?
+7 # reiverpacific 2013-02-02 21:15
Quoting skylinefirepest:
What a bunch of hogwash from the ultra liberal readers of RSN. If you think the police can protect you, then do yourself a favor and ASK ONE!!! You are responsible for your own safety, no one else is. I'm a twenty one year fireman who works closely with law enforcement and I'm a Life Member...but then I DO REALIZE the risks out there. The only answer to a bad person with a gun is a GOOD person with a gun. Don't believe me? Well I'll be glad to take you to several places and let you get out of my truck and walk back...and pay you twenty bucks if you make it without incident!!

When you mature a little bit more you might take a look around you and adopt a less blinkered attitude. What makes you go to such places? Lookin' for target practice, kicks or just to reinforce your stereotyping of certain people in certain areas without knowing why they are there and like that in the first place?
I come from, and hope to return to, a country where the cops don't carry guns but when called for they are issued to marksmen who are experts in their use.
I'm an ol' scrapper but guns seem to me to be coward's weapons. "Self defense" is a myth given the current surveillance and firepower of the militarized police. I'd like to see you and your high-powered popguns against a well trained SWAT team and their backup.
Your broad brush use of the term "Liberal" betrays your lack of rational maturity.
Catch ya in a few years.
+5 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 08:05
Right. I'll tell you one thing that is irrefutable: if George Zimmerman had not had a gun, Trevon Martin would be alive today. Period. At most, there might have been a fistfight and maybe Zimmerman would have been punched out, or maybe Martin would have gotten hit a few times. I am very much against CCW permits. I think they lead to horrible accidents and a macho attitude we can all do without.
+6 # Todd Williams 2013-02-03 07:58
Twenty one? Ha, you need to grow up and be a thinking, responsible adult. The fireman thing doesn't impress me one bit. I'm a life member too; a life member of the human race! And I'm damn sick and tired of my fellow humans killing each other.
+25 # wwway 2013-02-02 17:15
Add me to the list! I'm for driver and automobile ownership style gun regulation. Take training and prove proficency in practice and safety in order to get a license to have a gun. Every gun and amo must have id and seiral numbers for tracking and every transacton involving firearms and ammo requires swiping your license and ID through a data processor that keeps inventory of your arsenal and ammo. Every gun owner must prove they have liabilty insurance when they renew license every year and take ownership responsibility training every 3 years.
And I won't vote for any politician who won't stand up for those rules and recognize my right to go about life affirming activities without fear of getting shot up!
That should make me scary enough to get on LaPierre's hit list!
-14 # Phlippinout 2013-02-02 20:33
Registration would be great but i know the government will not use that data base for honest purposes. Those of you who are willing to give the "authorities" more power are more trusting than i will ever be again. The government is becoming the bad guy, and i do not want to give them the information that they can use to raid my home or kill me for info they have on file. The day we have a government that is for the people by the people, is the day i will give up my info!
+2 # kelly 2013-02-03 12:17
Riiiiiight. Just like I believe you'd never shop online.
I will only believe that if you tell me you have no credit card, have never taken out a loan, have no bank account, no I.D., have I made myself clear?
You are already in some sort of data bank so you have given up your info. Okay maybe the government doesn't have it all but if you have any of what I just named, you are already on or in a file somewhere. I wouldn't worry so much about the government as much as I would the hackers though. By the way, to get n here, you gave up some info, whoops!
0 # thekidde 2013-02-02 17:35
Me too.
+8 # rockieball 2013-02-02 18:08
Maybe people should get on the NRA website if they have one and send them an email requesting to be put on their enemies list.
+2 # theshift33 2013-02-02 18:39
I'm just curious. Most of the names on the list are celebrities and big notables. It would be interesting to know how many of them have limo drivers and body guards carrying concealed weapons or if they would hire individuals or security details that carried such. Just saying.
-18 # EPGAH3 2013-02-02 20:31
Celebrities needn't dirty their hands with violence or guns, they have people to do that FOR them!
That way, they can pontificate on it from a little bubble of safety that no criminal shall breach alive...The rest of us, though, don't have that little luxury, and resent such idiots telling us we'll be safe without some means to defend ourselves from physically and/or numerically superior thugs.
+6 # roger paul 2013-02-02 19:02
For the NRA enemies hit list just type in the Google search "NRA enemies list." The list totals 506 names, including major medical associations, law enforcement organizations, former presidents and a long list of celebrities.
+13 # moby doug 2013-02-02 19:42
I would be HONORED to be on the NRA enemies list. The NRA, after all, is America's leading domestic terrorist organization.
+7 # CAMUS1111 2013-02-02 20:16
@moby doug --I believe it is tied with the GOP for first place...
+8 # unitedwestand 2013-02-02 21:31
La Pierre's foaming rhetoric has been exposed for the sham that it is. Probably many of us here are on his list. What a wold it is going to be when the NRA gets rid of 86% of us, they can wade in rivers and lakes of blood as they defend their erroneously interpreted 2nd Amendment rights.

One of the funniest and clever posts regarding guns and the NRA and from Alan Colmes ever. Thank you Sir.
+6 # BKnowswhitt 2013-02-02 22:28
F'd up people kill people. Less types of mass killing weapons - and let's be clear Obama et al and the rest aren't talking about taking your penis er guns away just the kind that have slaughtered a bunch of innocent civilians in the past year and an elected official in arizona as well. Please grow up will you ... you know whom we're talking about here don't we ...
+2 # JSRaleigh 2013-02-03 11:02
I'm not on there as an individual, so I guess I'm not that important ... but I found two organizations I belong to & a former employer.
+1 # Dr Peter Sloane 2013-02-03 11:38
@ EPGAH3, I don't know if you Americans have a similar word, but in England we have a great one - "Plonker!"
+2 # wrknight 2013-02-03 14:16
Put me on the list, too.
-6 # skylinefirepest 2013-02-03 16:35
All you doubters...I worked ambulance in those areas...and they are still dangerous. So you weenies who think that responsible gun owners are to blame for gun deaths can bite me! And yes, it is a "liberal" versus "conservative" issue. When a conservative doesn't like guns...he doesn't buy one. When a liberal doesn't like guns they don't want anybody to have one. I've read more crap from unarmed Rambos on the rsn comments in the last month to last a lifetime...why does anybody NEED such a gun, why do you need more than a single I said, a bunch of unmitigated hooey from people who have never, and will never face any danger in their lives.
-6 # skylinefirepest 2013-02-03 16:37
As a footnote to my above comment...I find it amusing that when you unarmed Rambo weenies do get your panties in a wad who do you call??? A MAN WITH A GUN who has a radio to call a lot of other MEN WITH GUNS!!!

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