The NRA Speaks Out About Recent Shootings

The following statement was issued last week by the National Rifle Association in response to the shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota:

As the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization, the NRA proudly supports the right of law-abiding Americans to carry firearms for defense of themselves and others regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.

 The reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated. In the meantime, it is important for the NRA not to comment while the investigation is ongoing. Rest assured, the NRA will have more to say once all the facts are known.

A few observations.

First: “The nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization? Are they kidding?

Second: Not even a mention of the man killed by the police officers? Is the NRA that indifferent to his life and those of the people he left behind?

Third: If the man the NRA found not worthy of naming had defended himself with a legally obtained gun and shot the police officer trying to kill him, what would the NRA have said then?

Fourth: “The reports from Minnesota are troubling”? Wow: those NRA guys are waaaaay smart, aren’t they?

Fifth: Since Castile reportedly had a gun and reportedly had a permit for that gun, isn’t “the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization” concerned that the response of the police to a citizen exercising his right to possess a gun constituted a violation of Mr. Castile’s civil rights? Where’s the NRA’s outrage over that?

Here is the NRA’s statement on the shooting of police officers in Dallas:

On behalf of the more than five million members of the National Rifle Association, and especially on behalf of our members from the law enforcement community, I want to express the deep anguish all of us feel for the heroic Dallas law enforcement officers who were killed or wounded, as well as those who so bravely ran to danger to defend the city and people of Dallas. With heavy hearts, NRA members honor their heroism and offer our deepest condolences to their families.

A few observations.

First, a lot of those more than five million members the NRA claims to be speaking for have expressed pretty strong displeasure over this and other recent NRA statements. Maybe the NRA needs to make it clearer that it’s only speaking for its more radical members and not for all of them.

Second, why no statement about how if more people were armed this shooting might’ve been prevented? After all, can’t people prevent something like a sniper attack by whipping out their guns and stopping a hidden sniper dead in his tracks?

And its statement on the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge?

Just one observation here: the NRA had no statement. Cops pinning a man to the ground, getting him completely under control, and then shooting him in cold blood is apparently the NRA’s idea of good – and appropriate – police work.

The NRA’s agenda has been completely discredited.  It’s time for the 295 million rest of us to wrestle control of our country away from these five million throwbacks to the 18th century.

 

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