Saturday, July 28, 2012

28 July 2012 The NRA and the butcher’s bill

28 July 2012 
Why killing is a profitable enterprise
By Michael F. McNultyPublished: July 27
Michael McNulty is an attorney in Tucson. He was chairman of the Giffords for Congress campaign in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
It is easy to ignore the issue of gun control, given the perfect leaderlessness it enjoys in Congress. Then again, it becomes harder to ignore when your relatives or friends are murdered in the company of someone you idolize, which describes thousands of us in Tucson.
            “ It is news to no one that the NRA has abandoned the sportsman in every practical sense; if the group were honest, it would change its name. Speaking as a rifleman, I think it’s an embarrassment.
                        “The NRA not only dependably opposes limits on assault-rifle sales but even opposes. Last year, the NRA went to the mat to prevent anyone from list against the names of those buying guns. These two actions clarify beyond argument that the safety and welfare of you and yours have simply dropped from the NRA’s list of priorities. The NRA represents gun manufacturers, end of story…”
            “It strikes me that the NRA is pretty comfortable when debates over mass murder devolve into intellectual discussions relating to civility vs. demagoguery, insanity vs. impressionability, and freedom vs. the tyranny of gun zealots. The more abstract, the better. In the end, however, it’s simple: The NRA shills for gun makers who profit from the murder of American citizens. If you think the country’s policies are shaped by Judeo-Christian values, you’re not paying attention.
Cassi Creek:
          There’s the long and short of it.  The gun manufacturers want higher profits and a wider market.  Scare the current gun owners by telling them that the insidious, evil, leftists are c coming to take their guns away and they will immediately panic and start to “stock up” on more guns and more ammunition.  Scare the teavangelist base who have yet to “stock up” and they will fall prey to the advertising monster, The NRA. that exists primarily to disseminate fear and lies about the supposed confiscation of firearms from private citizens.  It works quite well, fear sells guns.  Obama won the nomination and knees jerked nation-wide.  There was so much panic driven buying that the gun and ammo factories fell behind the demand. 
          To date, Obama has made no effort to seize privately owned guns and ammo.  Even in the wake of horrendous shootings in Tucson and Aurora, next to nothing has been said by the President.   That’s how strong the NRA has become.  That’s how much we need to re-define the 2nd amendment.  Not repeal or remove it, just rework it so that it is not a license for retail slaughter. 
They will plunder willy-nilly,
Cry the bells of Caerphilly.
They have fangs, they have teeth,
Say the loud bells of Neathe.
Even God is uneasy,
Say the moist bells of Swansea.
They will plunder willy-nilly,
Say the bells of Caerphilly. “

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