July 5th, 2017

When I was in school in the ’60s, the National Rifle Association was an organization that focused on hunting safety. Representatives from the organization came to class to teach us to respect guns, to teach us that they were not toys, to show us how to be safe hunters. According to the General Social Survey, 31.6 percent of American households included at least one hunter. By 2014, that number dropped to 15.4 percent.

While politicians from states like Vermont—where 65,000 residents regularly hunt—get high marks from the NRA for their support of hunters, the latest video from the National Racist Association clearly defines the groups mission as divorced from hunters and hunting.

I don’t like the word race because in the taxonomy of life, there is no such classification. Race is an artificial term created by Europeans who needed a justification for their exploitation, enslavement, murder and genocide of non-Europeans. (The earliest use may have been by the English to justify the occupation of Ireland in the 13th century.) Having said that, I chose to use National Racist Association in this case because the “R” is just there, begging to be repurposed.

I wrote several days ago—following the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez for the brutal murder of Philando Castile, a lawful gun owner—that the NRA’s silence in defense of Castile was deafening. Why is the NRA silent? Yanez is white and Castile was black. On Twitter, the conservative radio personality, featured in the video below, wrote in response to Castile’s murder:

Definitely not a clear cut case. Not all are. Lots of food for thought.

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.

All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia and smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law abiding—until the only option left is for police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America and I’m freedom’s safest place.

Here’s my take. Yanez pissed his pants when a black man calmly said that he legally owned a gun and that he had a permit for that gun. NRA members clearly need to invest in depends.

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