Five Reasons Even Gun Owners Should Hate the NRA

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  • Dave G.

    Strange. I still don’t hate the NRA. Maybe I’ll read it again.

  • Marthe Lépine

    From the linked article, here’s a very interesting concept expressed by a NRA Board member:

    “The Washington Post reports that Young told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, “I’d like to introduce [gray wolves] in your district. If I introduced them in your district, you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”

  • Cypressclimber

    Actually, a lot of gun owners do hate the NRA, because despite their public profile as hardline against gun control, in reality the NRA has been an unprincipled, unreliable and sometimes incompetent defender of gun rights. Time after time, in legislative battles and in other ways, behind the scenes, the NRA has cut deals with gun-grabbers.

    I can think of at least two gun groups which were begun precisely because of this unreliability.

    • Pete the Greek

      GOA?

      • Cypressclimber

        Yes, and the National Association of Gun Rights.

        • SecretAgentMan

          How about SAF?

          • Cypressclimber

            OK, sure, the more the merrier!

  • Scott Bute

    I’m a life member. Things have changed with the NRA over the decades. At one time, they existed more as a gun safety organization for the youth and had a lot of credibility. While I disagree with a lot of their current tactics, law abiding gun owners need a voice in Washington to protect their very right to own a gun. Sad to say, the NRA is the only voice we have. If I thought for one minute that another law would stop a mentally ill person hell bent on shooting up a school, I would be all in favor of it. We need to wake up and deal with the over riding problem of mental illness in this country. That is the real elephant in the room.

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    I thought we were supposed to pray for people instead of hating them.

  • SecretAgentMan

    Freed from the moral requirements to a) treat other people with dignity, and b) present one’s own convictions with humility; anyone can make anyone look like a hate-worthy ass. Ted Nugent and Mark She have more in common on gun control than Mark might like to think.

    Freed from these obligations, it would take me about 30 minutes to make a witty and convincing “5 Reasons Everyone Should Hate Priests for Life” presentation. Or, with a bit more stretching, a “5 Reasons Everyone Should Hate Mark Shea” presentation. These presentations would be as accurate in particulars and as false in generals as the Cracked piece is.

    Does Fr. Maciel fairly represent the Roman Catholic Church? He does — if you think the Roman Catholic Church is a barely-intolerable aberration whose abuses have finally pushed it over the line and made it absolutely intolerable. If you think that it’s “finally time to do something” about the evil the lies at the heart of the Church. Ditto for Ted Nugent. Does he fairly represent the NRA? He does — if you think gun ownership is a barely-tolerable aberration whose abuses have finally pushed it over the line and made it absolutely intolerable, etc.

    As they say, Haters Gonna Hate, Mark. Anyone can come up with 5 reasons why everyone should hate anything. It’s cheap, and vicious, and disrespects the cause it’s trying to support.

    • Pete the Greek

      Meh, it’s a Cracked article….

      • SecretAgentMan

        True. I may be a bit too sensitive to the power of pop culture. On the other hand, it’s part of the push to “dead-agent” gun owners. Scum, dangerous troglodytes, satanic killer wannabes, un-American, and so on and so forth.

  • Stu

    I’m a life member of the NRA. I guess I should be hated.

    Oh, well.

    • SecretAgentMan

      I’ve been meaning to do that for awhile. Do you have a link?

      • SecretAgentMan

        Sorry. That was a bit much. Don’t post a link.

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        You’ve been meaning to hate Stu for a while? Talk about procrastination.

        • SecretAgentMan

          That was so funny! ROFL

  • Pete the Greek

    Ad revenue been down lately?

  • ivan_the_mad

    Aping the NRA, my state’s gun rights organization also abandoned prudence some time ago, and likewise lost my membership. The treatment of a right as an absolute exemplifies the ideologue, and here, as elsewhere, today’s ideological right so clearly continues to divorce itself from a thinking, even imaginative, conservatism.