Who Are the NRA? Fascist Assholes

Who Are the NRA
The Daily KOS sums it up pretty good.  It explains who the NRA Directors are here.  It says:

The NRA’s Board of Directors is supposedly bipartisan, but that’s a transparent disguise. As the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence points out:

One only has to look to the NRA’s Board of Directors to discover that the organization is operated by a group of individuals who promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-immigrant animus, religious bigotry, anti-environmentalism, and insurrectionism. Some active board members have even had close relationships with brutal dictators in outside nations. Put simply, members of the NRA leadership no longer make for polite company.

Moreover, while superficially bipartisan, the NRA is closely aligned with the most extreme elements in the Republican Party and has brought a number of the GOP’s most influential operatives into positions of power within the organization. The GOP and NRA are now locked  in a symbiotic relationship where Republican legislators advance the NRA’s extreme agenda while the NRA musters its hardcore supporters to serve as attack dogs for a wide range of conservative causes.

But, why would they reach this conclusion?  Why would they place such an extremist label on these people?  To examine that, one first must understand who these people are.
Well…let’s explore the general tone of NRA high profile members.

The National Rifle Association claims to speak for more than 4 million gun owners.

But the shots are really called by a hush-hush group of 76 directors. The majority are nominated via a top-down process and elected by a small fraction of NRA members. A breakdown of the current board, based on their official bios:

  • 87 percent are men.
  • 93 percent are white.
  • 25 percent are current or former federal, state, or local lawmakers or officials.
  • 22 percent are current or former law enforcement officers. 30 percent are current or former members of the military.
  • 24 percent are lawyers.
  • 12 percent are entertainers or athletes.
  • 64 percent are hunters.
  • 71 percent are sport or competitive shooters.
The List
You can read about the particular idiosyncracies of many of these whackjobshere.  It’s an interesting blend of freaks like Ted Nugent; who claims:

“If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” prompting a meeting with the Secret Service”.

Robert K. Brown

A former Special Forces soldier and big-game hunter and founder/publisher of Soldier of Fortune.  He was sued in the late ’80s for running want ads for mercenaries and guns for hire.

David Keene

The current NRA president is the former chairman of the American Conservative Union.  In 2003, his son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for firing at another driver during a road rage incident.

In 2003, shortly after Allbaugh became FEMA director, FEMA awarded a large emergency water supply contract to Lipsey Mountain Water. The move was unusual because Lipsey had no production capacity and only 15 employees—they had to purchase their water directly from Nestle Waters North America, the former holder of the contract. The Lipsey family is also is also one of the nation’s largest gun wholesalers. Like Allbaugh International Group, Lipsey’s Inc. is an NRA corporate donor.

I pulled up the current listing for the Board of Directors, as listed by the NRA.  Here is their list: 

We’ve looked at some extremists, but lets explore some other members whose agendas seem more hidden:
Hill is also the Director of Federal Affairs for the Fifty Caliber Institute. While the Fifty Caliber Institute claims that the .50 caliber sniper rifle is “helping to make our streets and nation safer,” the gun has been criticized by many—including members of law enforcement—as a weapon too dangerous for civilian use.

Became involved in the gun rights movement “after a profoundly painful breakup of an extremely serious relationship with a woman who flat out refused to accept [his] interest in freedom, firearms, and the Second Amendment.”

Hornady Ammunition manufactures “FMJ” armor piercing bullets for sale on the civilian market.

Buster Bachhuber (Board Member) – Republican

On October 31, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Prosperity USA, a private charity run by two top aides to 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain,gave $100,000 to Innis’ Congress of Racial Equality Organization (CORE) shortly before Cain spoke at CORE’s annual “Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration” dinner. Speaking about Cain at the event, Innis said, “In this case we are even more pleased to bring the Tea Party people to our dinner as they have exemplified the spirit of Dr. King and are living the legacy that he helped establish in American politics.” Prosperity USA is facing scrutiny for a $37,372 donation to the Cain campaign that may have violated campaign finance laws (under federal law, non-profit charities are not allowed to donate to political campaigns).

Opposing a piece of proposed legislation which would require guns to be licensed, Bachhuber said“We need to remind ourselves that whether a gun bill reduces crime or not is not the object of the game. 
Roy Innis (Board Member)  – Republican

On October 31, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Prosperity USA, a private charity run by two top aides to 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, gave $100,000 to Innis’ Congress of Racial Equality Organization (CORE) shortly before Cain spoke at CORE’s annual “Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration” dinner. Speaking about Cain at the event, Innis said, “In this case we are even more pleased to bring the Tea Party people to our dinner as they have exemplified the spirit of Dr. King and are living the legacy that he helped establish in American politics.” Prosperity USA is facing scrutiny for a $37,372 donation to the Cain campaign that may have violated campaign finance laws (under federal law, non-profit charities are not allowed to donate to political campaigns).

Certainly, a general tone seems to weave itself through the profiles of these members.  They appear to feel a sense of entitlement, have an agenda to promote right winged causes, even through taxpayer’s money.  Lack a great deal of ethics when it comes to promoting their cause.  And share a right centrist idea of how to manage the U.S.
Fighting the NRA
Our nation’s number one goal should be to create a strong organization aimed at fighting the NRA, so that there is a balance of power with our legislators.
The problem is that there isn’t any organization that really takes these jerks on. So, the power dynamics behind their work is amplified times 1000.
Some credit the Brady Campaign and its domainwww.stopthenra.com, for addressing the issues surrounding gun violence.  However, it is not really against guns.  Tt is against gun violence.
It doesn’t address the issues asking why we need assault rifles sold to individuals who claim they need guns to hunt.
It doesn’t involve itself in the these gun-loving whack job’s efforts to address gun violence in schools by creating a law that each school will have an armed guard.
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The Brady Campaign as they state their mission:
The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America for all of us that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries that we all seek.
It is centered around a campaign set out to let people inform their Senators that they want the violence to stop, and that’s a good thing.  But we need an organization also that removes guns from our streets.
From their own January 16, 2013 press release, The Brady organization admits their agenda:

We, at the Brady Campaign, are proud to have had the opportunity to share a comprehensive set of policy solutions with the White House Task Force and we are pleased to see our ideas reflected in the final recommendations.  We will work with the Administration over the coming days to give voice to the American public who so strongly support common sense legislative policies that can immediately prevent gun violence, such as universal background checks.

Founding Fathers
Certainly, this was not the intention of our nation’s founders.  Because
in 1939, a landmark decision by the Supreme court ruled about the necessity of certain weapons, which proves that not all weapons were considered a “right.”
United States v. Miller307 U.S. 174 (1939), was a Supreme Court case that involved the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

United States v. Miller involved a criminal prosecution under the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA).

Passed in response to public outcry over the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the National Firearms Act required certain types of firearms (including but not limited to fully automatic firearms and short-barreled rifles and shotguns) to be registered with the Miscellaneous Tax Unit (later to be folded into what eventually became the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF) with a $200 tax paid at the time of registration and again if the firearm was ever sold.

The U.S Government appealed the decision and on March 30, 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case. Attorneys for the United States argued:

  • The Second Amendment protects only the ownership of military-type weapons appropriate for use in an organized militia.
  • The “double barrel 12-gauge Stevens shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches in length, bearing identification number 76230″ was never used in any militia organization.
They ruled:

The Court cannot take judicial notice that a shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches long has today anyreasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia, and therefore cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees to the citizen the right to keep and bear such a weapon.

The Court also looked to historical sources to explain the meaning of “militia” as set down by the authors of the Constitution:
“The significance attributed to the term Militia appears from the debates in the Convention, the history and legislation of Colonies and States, and the writings of approved commentators. These show plainly enough that the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. ‘A body of citizens enrolled for military discipline.’ And further, that ordinarily when called for service these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.”
We need to take each one of these people to task for the endless list of school shootings.  For instance, Wikipedia Historical list of school shootings,tthat goes back as far as the 1760s.

The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four LenapeAmerican Indians entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and killed nine or ten children (reports vary). Only three children survived.

And it hasn’t stopped since!  The number of school shootings in this country is disgusting.
For me, gun violence is personal.  I pulled up to John Fluke Manufacturing in Everett Washington one evening to pick up a loved one.  The police had the building cordoned off.  Apparently, a shooter was loose, terrorizing the employees.  It didn’t last long, and I honestly don’t recall if anyone was killed.  I do recall the fear I had for my loved one though.  And I remember the relief when he was allowed to leave the building.
I can’t imagine what the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary must live with.  My heart breaks for them.  And this is why I am convinced we need to stop selling guns.
Personally, I don’t care if this offends gun rights advocates.  THEY offend ME!  Maybe if they hadn’t embraced the NRA and its ridiculous positions on promoting guns and the violence they cause, I might feel different.  And for those of you idiots who quote the Bill of Rights as evidence that you deserve the right to own guns, stop fighting against the Bill of Rights when it comes to reproductive rights and freedom of speech.  You hypocrisy bores me too!

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