June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better.

As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with all the proper permits for carrying a handgun, and the National Rifle Association hasn’t said jack shit since Castile’s murderer was found not guilty.

Michael A. Cohen, reporting in Why won’t the NRA speak out about Philando Castile? for The Boston Globe, writes:

Philando Castile was, from all accounts, a model citizen. He worked in a school cafeteria where he’d memorized the names and food allergies of 500 students. That should be enough reason for conservatives to be upset, but Castile was also a licensed and permitted gun owner. To avoid risk of being shot, he told the officer who pulled him over that he had a firearm on him, had a permit to carry it, and was reaching for his license, not his weapon. That hardly mattered, because within moments he’d been mortally wounded.

Quite simply, Philando Castile is dead today because he was exercising his constitutionally protected right to bear arms.

Yet, the National Rifle Association, an organization that is nominally devoted to protecting the constitutional right of Americans to arm themselves to the teeth has said nothing about the acquittal in the Castile case. Last July, when the shooting occurred, the NRA put out a statement that tepidly read “the reports from Minnesota are troubling and must be thoroughly investigated.” An organization that used the shooting of 20 kindergartners in Newtown, Conn., to call for armed guards to be stationed in the nation’s schools said it couldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

From now on I’m referring to the NRA as the National Racists’ Association.

You should too.

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