Recent events show that the NRA no longer represents responsible gun owners. Let's see what NRA really means.
Kudos to the NRA. In a week of horrible news, including Ferguson, ISIS, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the National Rifle Association took top honors for disgustingness with but a single tweet, encouraging children to come to the gun range. No small feat, taking the top horror honor these days.
It was a staggeringly tone deaf statement from an organization that has become more and more unmoored from the life of every day people. You have heard about the shooting death of the gun range employee by now, killed by a child with an UZI. A child who never should have held such a weapon.
You need to be trained and educated in firearms to handle an UZI. The recoil and barrel rise are such that an untrained adult would be at risk firing one. You simply cannot expect a child to handle this. That is not a responsible decision, and neither is encouraging parents to bring the kiddies out shooting after a little girl has perforated a careless adult to death. NRA should now mean Not Responsible Anymore.
NRA = Nutcases Ranting Absurdities
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Wayne LaPierre was charged to get in front of the negative backlash his organization was facing. As is their wont, the NRA was silent for a week or so after yet another shooting massacre. And so, less than a month before the NRA released their own first person shooter game, LaPierre blamed the Newtown shootings on video games.
NRA = No Reality Allowed
It’s the policy of the NRA to misdirect attention from America’s gun violence issues away from guns. Therefore they grasp at any straws to do so. That’s why John R. Lott is so important to them. Lott wrote a book called “More Guns, Less Crime” that purports to prove that more guns will solve gun violence. The only issue being that Lott’s research, upon which the book and the subsequent talking points were based on, was proven to be fraudulent over ten years ago.
But Lott’s message is one the NRA likes. So America has been playing it Lott’s way for over a decade now. The results speak for themselves. Aurora. Beltway Snipers. Fort Hood, twice. Sandy Hook. The list goes on and on. More guns hasn’t lessened gun violence at all. Lott is a fraud, and needs to be exposed nationally for this. Instead a fantasy is forced on us all.
NRA = Not Reasonable, Actually
Besides advocating guns in the hands of children who cannot possibly handle them, the NRA has also said that blind people should be armed. Let’s say that again, the NRA wants blind people to have guns. They have also forwarded that teachers should be carrying guns, as they don’t have enough pressure on them. They think domestic abusers should be able to own guns, even though many shooting deaths are the result of domestic disputes. They have advocated mandatory firearms training for children as well, and we have seen how tragically that scenario plays out.
NRA = Now Redefining Anti-feminism
Recently the NRA has made sexist attacks on Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America. This isn’t new, but their latest diatribe boils down to how founder Shannon Watts should worry more about cooking and cleaning. Because she does not fit their June Cleaver stereotype, they forward that she is not a “real mom.” In short, they told her to to shut up and get back in the kitchen. This originated #MomsNotMaids on Twitter.
NRA = Neo-Racist Assholes
How about Ferguson? Civil unrest has reigned for two weeks in reaction to the death of Michael Brown. The eyes of not only the country but the world have been brought to bear on the oppression of ethnic Americans in Missouri, and the prevalence of a police state. Officers were repeatedly photographed pointing rifles at unarmed black citizens. Not a word from the NRA on such irresponsibility.
Wait for it…
The KKK is raising money to support Michael Brown’s killer. Not a word from the NRA. Open Carry groups want to walk through black neighborhoods against residents’ wishes. Not a word from the NRA. Could it have something to do with how the Second Amendment, which they adhere to their interpretation thereof so zealously, was ratified to preserve slavery?
NRA = Not Really American
Think of how you want the USA and Americans defined. Are we cowardly and paranoid, or brave enough to move ourselves forward? Are we stuck in the past or do we strive towards the future? Can we overcome the posturing of a minority of our population, or do we bow down to those making up for the lack of volume in their numbers by increasing the volume of their voices?
Do we stand with or against those who make excuses for killers of children? Is America to be the next home of child soldiers? Do we believe that non-white Americans should be shot to death at the rate it is happening now? For playing loud music? For wearing a baseball cap sideways?
Do we let an organization pay off our elected leaders and malign women like it’s the 18th century? Do we allow gun extremists, now far removed from firearms safety, to dictate how we live and die in our streets? And for what? So a select few can get richer from gun sales? You don’t really believe your children’s lives are less important than making rich men richer do you?
Do you define your nationality by a loaded semi-automatic rifle on your back in a grocery store while wearing your baby as a human shield?
A true patriot works with their country’s government, and doesn’t plot against it. Democracy does not mean that you throw tantrums and try to intimidate people with your weapons to get your way. Yet these are the types of people the NRA supports.
If you don’t feel free unless you own a gun, that is not truly liberty.
When you put your mind to it, even a little bit, you will find far more appropriate acronyms for the NRA. Once you start, they just keep coming. Nonsense Rhetoric Agenda. Not Representing Accuracy. Never Rationally Aware. And so on and so on.
So go to it. Come up with as many as you can. Make T-Shirts. Take my ideas and make money from them. Show the NRA you aren’t afraid of them. All they have is bluster and threats, and their time is almost up.
Because we are Not Relenting Anytime, ever, against the gun lobbies.