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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:00 PM

 

NRA's Gun Appreciation Day Scheduled on MLK Holiday? Say It Ain't So!

This year the nation's commemoration of the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr occurs during the week of the second inauguration of America's first African-American president, three weeks after the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and during the 50th Anniversary year of Dr. King's August 28th, 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech.

The unique historic confluence of these events was particularly present in my mind after recently reading and grading of 47 term papers from undergraduate students, who last semester completed my course "From Slavery to Obama" at the University of San Francisco, where I am serving as Diversity Visiting Professor. Added to this were thoughts prompted after viewing Steven Spielberg's movie Lincoln.

And, like so many people in our nation over the past several weeks, I have been also trying to rationally process the horror of Newtown, CT, the response of the gun lobby to this tragedy and the public's growing revulsion to acts of violence committed by the use of a gun.

Then I found out that on same the day our nation is scheduled to remember the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- a leader committed to non-violence -- the National Rifle Association has organized a Gun Appreciation Day.

My initial reaction to this was: No, this cannot possibly be true. There must be some factual error in the reporting of this planned event.

Then, to my utter disbelief, I double checked, only to find that in fact it is true: On the very day we come together to honor our American apostle of non-violence, a hero, who was tragically assassinated by a rifle's bullet, the NRA has called for a national Gun Appreciation Day!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/nra-king-gun-appreciation-day_b_2440998.html

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Reply NRA's Gun Appreciation Day Scheduled on MLK Holiday? Say It Ain't So! (Original post)
Whovian Jan 2013 OP
spanone Jan 2013 #1
yellerpup Jan 2013 #2
dballance Jan 2013 #3
jmowreader Jan 2013 #4
moondust Jan 2013 #5
Tempest Jan 2013 #6
etherealtruth Jan 2013 #7
ProgressiveProfessor Jan 2013 #8
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #9

Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:00 PM

1. no coincidences in politics.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:03 PM

2. Sick bastards.

Ugly.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:05 PM

3. Wow, and I thought they couldn't get any worse.

After Wayne LeDerrire's psycho rant I really didn't think they could sink lower. I never cease to be amazed though.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:22 PM

4. The NRA is really falling down on the job

You would expect Gun Appreciation Day to be April 20, November 5, April 16, or July 20.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:23 PM

5. Psychopaths.

I'm not a shrink or a Bill Frist but I do think a lot of these crazy gun people like Alex Jones could probably be classified as clinically paranoid or worse.

Anybody who would do this kind of thing on MLK Day has some screws loose.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:38 PM

6. It's also Robert E. Lee's birthday

They're trying to get the south to rise again.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:50 PM

7. Vile, vile, vile ..

... I must admit nothing they (the NRA) does can shock me anymore .... disgust me (almost always) .. shock me ...no

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:28 PM

8. It Ain't So...but it is

Not sure if the Deacons for Defense will be supporting it or not

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:34 PM

9. This is disgusting!

It tells me that what I thought was always true about the NRA's sick agenda is really true. I won't get into it, but there is a message here.

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