A Simple Truth: The NRA Are Terrorists, Awash in The Blood of Innocents

NRA Terrorist OrganizationA short, disturbing yet funny, anecdote to illustrate the point I’m about to make.

About a year ago, a friend who teaches at the University of Toronto and I met for an after-work drink at the rooftop bar at the Park Hyatt Regency Hotel. A Toronto landmark, the bar’s mahogany panels frame large windows looking south to the skyline of the financial district and Lake Ontario beyond.

As we sat enjoying single malt scotches, a trio of men wearing cowboy hats, string ties and western-style suits came in and sat near us. They’d just arrived by car from Montana and came to the bar for a drink while their wives went shopping. As their drinks arrived, one asked another, “Just wondering? Did you bring your gun? I did.”

My friend looked up to ask, “Did you say you brought handguns into Canada? Don’t you know they’re illegal up here?”

One gulped down his beer before replying with a sneer, “So what? I’m an American, mister, and I don’t go nowhere without my gun.”

Not wanting to tangle with three liquor-drinking, pistol-packing Pete’s, my pal let it drop. Moments later while waiting for the elevator, my friend used a pay phone to call the police. By the time we hit the street, three squad cars and the SWAT team were arriving. Our guess is that the Montanan’s spent the night in custody before being escorted to the border the next day.

Guns Killing People

The attitude of the Montanan’s is pervasive in the US even as Thursday marked the anniversary Virginia Tech massacre. As awful as the 32 deaths were, in the past month alone nearly 60 people – almost double the number of Virginia deaths – were killed in the US by gunfire and the count keeps rising. The total includes four police officers and, as a former San Francisco police chief once told me, “Somebody who’ll kill a cop will gun down anybody.”

But the death toll of 57 in America is swamped by the number of people – men, women, children, police, soldiers, gangsters and mostly innocents – killed over the same time in Mexico’s ugly drug wars. Many of the victims were murdered by handguns and assault rifles purchased in the US and smuggled across the border.

While in Mexico, President Obama told an audience that he recognizes the US is partially responsible for the killing fields to our south. Both our desire for dope and the ease with which anyone can sell murderous weapons like assault rifles and RPGs to total strangers are as much a part of the on-going massacre as is corruption in Mexico.

And yet the NRA and its apologists continue to blithely whistle “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” True – but without easy access guns-as-toys nobody would be killing anyone.

The fact is that the NRA is almost solely responsible for the ease with which weapons can be sold, bought and used in America. As a result, it is nothing less than a terrorist organization, enabling killings of innocent victims and whose very soul is awash in blood.

Self-De… What?

If I hadn’t heard it myself, I would not believe someone capable of muttering this nonsense on national television in the 21st century.

Robert Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute which is a conservative think tank filled with people who long for the 19th century, appeared Thursday on the PBS NewsHour defending so-called gun rights. In a discussion following a piece on the murder spree loose in the land, Levy told reporter Judy Woodruff that “… conspicuously missing from the reporting is all of the crimes that (are) deterred because the would-be assailants suspected that their would-be victims might be armed. Guns are used for self-defence.”

Being a curious sort, I decided to check Levy’s claim. He won’t like what I found.

According to FBI and Justice Dept. sources, in 2007 “self defense” claims were used by people charged with crimes involving a shooting in more than 5,000 cases nationwide, including murders and felony assault with a deadly weapon. Courts agreed the defendants – are you sitting down –acted in self-defense fewer than 250 times. In other words, of the known 5,000 cases, at least 4,750 shootings had nothing to do with self-defense. Only a terrorist organization would be as sanguine about rampant murder of innocent Americans as Levy and his cronies at the Cato Institute and NRA.

Mr. Levy’s ears are even larger than Barack Obama’s so I hope he doesn’t trip over them as he swings around to face reality – if facing reality is possible for people like Robert Levy.

This Side of the Pecos

Meanwhile, the gun lobby continues terrifying Congress so re-instating the ban on semi-automatic weapons is, excuse me, a dead issue.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a hunter or target shooter. I’ve never done that silly Olympic winter sport where you ski for a while and then shoot a rifle before skiing again. But I can understand why some individuals find target shooting an interesting pastime.

That said, I cannot understand any rationale for keeping a gun in the house. Even police warn that bringing out a gun during a crime is more likely to get the victim killed than the perp. But Clarence Thomas joined with four other extreme conservatives on the Supremes in striking down Washington D.C.’s handgun ban so we’re all free to buy a gun because he and his not-so-learned brethren conveniently ignored the archaic punctuation common in 1789 and based their entire ruling on where comma’s happened to fall. That twisted reasoning – and faulty grammar – is why they concluded the 2nd Amendment gives everyone the right to pack heat.

charley-james.jpgBut there are a couple of options:

  • First, ban the sale of ammunition except at gun clubs and licensed hunting facilities.
  • Second, require registration for all weapons with a 10 day cooling off period between making application for a gun permit and walking out the door.
  • Third, require all guns to be kept locked at licensed gun, target and shooting clubs.
  • And fourth, enact laws prohibiting any old goofball from selling any other old goofball a gun from the trunk of his car.

And every time you see an NRA member, remind them they belong to a terrorist organization that has the blood of tens of thousands of Americans and Mexicans on their hands.

Charley James

The Progressive Curmudgeon

LA Progressive

Comments

  1. Anonymous06482 says

    What a load of drivel. More Marxist disinformation. You people are sick, malevolent, dregs. You disgust us. You are the “terrorists”. You are the enemy within.

    Make no mistake – we know who you are. You’re not “progressives” – you’re just Marxist iconoclasts. Recent events have shown just how evil you really are. Could you be more transparent? You’re getting SO sloppy these days. And the beautiful thing is everyone is beginning to see it. Go ahead – continue your “damage control” – it only outs you further. We also see there’s no date on your propaganda piece. Sloppy indeed.

    Now, delete this like a good coward. Go ahead. It matters not.
    We have already taken note of you.

    We are Anonymous.

    We are Legion.

    We do not forgive.

    We do not forget.

    Expect us.

    • Unstoppable Nubian says

      NRA lunatic, you are already being tracked by the federal government. You people are a joke.

  2. Bill says

    As usual, the prescription does nothing to cure the disease. The disease is crimes committed with guns. How often to those “old goofballs” commit crimes? How will banning the sale of ammunition reduce crime, when the average gang-banger fires about three rounds a year? A 10-day cooling off period? Did the Columbine, VIrginia Tech, Aurora, Sandy Hook killers walk into guns stores, buy their guns, and then go out on their killing sprees? (Hint: no). Will criminals register their firearms and store them at gun clubs? This is the usual feel-good crap that does nothing, while punishing law-abiding citizens for the crimes of a few.

    I am far, far more scared of guys like the author than I am of being a victim of some nut with a gun.

  3. Truest American says

    Here’s the NRA view -it’s Video Games, Movies and Mental Illness. Let’s forget for a moment that the patron saint of the right wing, Ronald Reagan closed the mental hospitals and re-classified schizophrenia as a “disturbance” and not a disease. The video games and movies he carries on about are shown everywhere in the world. Highest murder rate – USA. Highest gun ownership – USA. Lowest murder rate – Japan. Lowest gun ownership rate – Japan. What distinguishes the US from Canada? Same television shows, same movies, same video games, same love of outdoors; greater love of hunting. Difference? Handguns almost impossible to acquire in Canada without license, training, registration etc. No assault rifles in Canada at all. Highest murder rate – USA. Lowest murder rate – Canada. Same media, less guns = no school massacres.

    What does the NRA say? More guns, schools turned into armed camps, military assault rifles for every principal. Let’s end the NRA.

    • Bill says

      Reagan? The deinstitutionalization of mental patients began in earnest in the 60′s. The previous system was basically warehousing people under horrendous conditions, so let’s not look back to then as the “good old days”.

      Let’s end the NRA? Again, a simplistic feel-good measure that will do nothing. Sorry to say, if Adam Lanza’s mother had secured her guns (which the NRA teaches), maybe Sandy Hook would not have happened.

      Also, correlating “gun ownership” to murder rates, well, who commits most of the murders? Legal gun owners, or illegal gun owners? I figure at least half the households in my neighborhood are armed. I don’t fear any of them. I fear the punk on the street who has an illegal firearm, who doesn’t worry about niceties like carry permits, who won’t sell his gun at a buyback, or be concerned about laws or confiscation. If you guys get your way, he’ll still be around.

      • harrry wood says

        Had she had trigger locks on them and hid the keys, she may be alive today as well as the children. but that is due to the actions of people and has nothing to do with the guns!

        • Downwithguns says

          You are morons. It has everything to do with guns. Guns give you the illusion of security. The truth is that when a person is determined to kill you, it becomes easier with guns. You having guns is not going to save you one bit. When you realize this simple truth, you will know. But that is tough for morons like you.

  4. Lop says

    When will guns be regulated in this country? When someone goes on a shooting rampage at NRA offices?
     

  5. says

    I totally agree with your appraisal of the NRA. People are dropping like flies in the name of the second amendment, while those attempting to exercise their first amendment rights are being called terrorists and being attacked by police. It’s completely backwards, and I cannot fathom who looks at the situation and can’t see the horrible irony of it.

  6. geda says

    Guns Killing People

    The attitude of the Montanan’s is pervasive in the US even as Thursday marked the anniversary Virginia Tech massacre. As awful as the 32 deaths were, in the past month alone nearly 60 people – almost double the number of Virginia deaths – were killed in the US by gunfire and the count keeps rising. The total includes four police officers and, as a former San Francisco police chief once told me, “Somebody who’ll kill a cop will gun down anybody.”

    But the death toll of 57 in America is swamped by the number of people – men, women, children, police, soldiers, gangsters and mostly innocents – killed over the same time in Mexico’s ugly drug wars. Many of the victims were murdered by handguns and assault rifles purchased in the US and smuggled across the border.

    While in Mexico, President Obama told an audience that he recognizes the US is partially responsible for the killing fields to our south. Both our desire for dope and the ease with which anyone can sell murderous weapons like assault rifles and RPGs to total strangers are as much a part of the on-going massacre as is corruption in Mexico.

    And yet the NRA and its apologists continue to blithely whistle “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” True – but without easy access guns-as-toys nobody would be killing anyone.

    The fact is that the NRA is almost solely responsible for the ease with which weapons can be sold, bought and used in America. As a result, it is nothing less than a terrorist organization, enabling killings of innocent victims and whose very soul is awash in blood.

    Self-De… What?

  7. Elaine says

    This is dumber then dumb. So this guy thinks you can just turn the other cheek when being attacked? God looks after fools they say, this guy better hope so.

  8. Pete says

    The NRA are all white men with very little penises, and they need guns because it’s the only thing they own that actually shoots.

    Besides, if the Commies invade us, we’ll be damn glad we are so well armed.

  9. Thumpers Dad says

    I am a yellow dog democrat and fairly liberal in my actions, however this guy characterization of gun owners and his extreme views are just what brings the NRA people out of the woodwork. Guns are NOT going away. We need reasonable gun laws. I am a Vietnam Vet and cannot understand why we need assualt weapons, but instead of just banning their sale, there should be a ban on their manufacturing, except for law enforcement. I just went through a 10 hour mandatory course here in Texas for my cancealed weapons license and I didn’t see one wild eyed cowboy taking the test. The class consisted of 67 citizens who simply wanted to learn how to protect themselves. We can get good gun laws if this kind of rhetoric is quieted. The left are as bad as the extreme right NRA folks with their nutty ideas.

  10. Mini-Marine says

    OK, I just wanna make some points as both a liberal and a "gun nut"

    The assault weapons ban is a joke. It regulates cosmetic features of firearms not their actual operations, I'm sorry, but a pistol grip and a bayonet lug do not make a weapon any more dangerous. It makes no sense to regulate the legality of weapons based on their cosmetic appearance.

    here is a link to some pictures of a California legal weapon, that while every bit as lethal as an "assault" weapon passes the legality test.
    http://blog.riflegear.com/archive/2007/12/26/hell

    What I would like to see in this country is REASONABLE gun control. The second amendment clearly states that "A well regulated militia…" well regulated is the key here, I think anyone wanting to own a firearm can, provided they can pass a test, both written and practical to demonstrate that they 1)know when they can/cannot legally use their weapon against someone
    2)show that they know how to safely and responsibly handle a firearm.

    In Oregon, in order to get my concealed weapons permit all I had to do was sit through a 2 hour class, then submit to the sheriffs office that I had in fact gone through it and then of course get the requisite background check.

    That 2 hour course is nowhere near sufficient to prepare someone for being a responsible firearm owner. Granted most people who apply for their CCWs spend time to learn all that they need to beforehand, but the small percentage that don't can cause a great deal of trouble for responsible gun owners.

    If this was done then there would be far less to worry about with those who purchase firearms legally and end up being irresponsible with them. However, the majority of gun crimes are committed with weapons that are procured illegally, so stopping law abiding citizens from owning weapons would have little to no effect on those who get them on the black market.

    • harry wood says

      Thoughts on new gun laws, some OK, some BAD.

      Registering
      firearms, BAD. Current legal owners of
      weapons will not want to register their weapons with a government data
      base. They see that as the seed of a
      future confiscation of legal firearms, which happened in several countries and here
      in 1775. This will probably create the
      most new criminals as owners refuse to comply with this law they feel in not
      good, like some people refusing to pay taxes.

      No guns
      allowed to cross state lines, BAD. If
      someone is driving to uncle Fred’s home in Montana
      to hunt deer, they can not take guns with them in their auto. Will states have gun booths along major
      highways? Will some drivers take minor
      highways to avoid them? Will cars with
      guns have to stop at each truck weighing station they encounter to be
      inspected? This law would have a good
      chance of creating new criminals as law abiding citizens neglect to do this. Are cars searched without a warrant?

      The two
      features above have a high probability of creating criminals out of honest
      citizens who have lived years with guns without causing any problems. The volunteer registration rate of current
      gun owners registering their guns will be low, thus new criminals will be
      created.

      Requiring a
      state firearms permit to own a gun is OK.
      This is fine as long as such holders do not have to buy a gun or declare
      each and every weapon they own to the state.

      Requiring a
      gun safety class in order to acquire a firearms permit is OK. I assume one would be issued to all military,
      active or retired, upon request. They already know as does anyone with a
      hunting license.

      Stiff
      penalties for using firearms while committing a crime is OK. It must be proven in court the person
      indented to commit the crime using a gun.
      If the crime is committed with the gun secured in the trunk of a car
      that does not meet this feature as it is possible the person did the crime
      unaware a weapon was present.

      For years,
      I have wanted a new department in the CBO organization, OK. It would be the Department of Unintended Consequences
      (DUC). You can tell by the name what the
      department should do. It evaluates any
      new bill before Congress forwards it to the Present to sign it into law. It looks for things that the Congress may
      have over looked when it passed the bill so that Congress can correct it.
      Remember the bill that passed Congress with the assurance from the speaker that
      because of the fog, we have to pass the bill to discover all the good things
      that are in it.

      I am not
      sure how we might keep score, but if all the above ideas become law, we need to
      track how many lives were saved, how
      many were lost, along with the costs of the bill. I think we are about to throw money at a
      problem without real solutions and have forgotten the acts of McVeigh. We need to know if a law is functional.
      thoughts of a retired combat vet

  11. Sam says

    Charley, the hysterical tone of your rhetoric, your cherry-picked statistics and your total unfamiliarity with guns makes you entirely unqualified to participate in rational discourse on this topic at this time. If you have some history with gun-related violence, you have my sympathies.

  12. Bill Dougan says

    Wow, there really are people in this world who are this stupid! Which other parts of the Constitution shall we throw out?

    • says

      Funny how you mentioned “throwing out” parts of the constitution, Bill. The statists (democrats) like very little of the constitution. They hate the religious part of the 1st amendment and they hate free speech. That’s why they have speech codes on college campuses for example.

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