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Thu Feb 23, 2012, 02:59 PM

NRA Get Out the Vote Campaign Features Proponents of Political Violence

By Josh Horwitz
Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Posted: 02/22/2012 7:34 am

"Anyone who has thought about it realizes that liberty and equality are antithetical concepts ... Equality is biologically impossible, and liberty is only obtainable in homogeneous populations very thinly spread." - Former NRA Board Member (and ardent insurrectionist) Jeff Cooper

Last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched its "Trigger the Vote" campaign, a superficially non-partisan get-out-the vote effort. The ad campaign features two men who sit on the organization's Board of Directors: aging hard-rocker Ted Nugent and actor R. Lee Ermey of "Full Metal Jacket" fame; and NRA celebrity spokesman and martial artist/actor Chuck Norris. Both Norris and Nugent have publicly endorsed Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential elections (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, respectively).

There's nothing more American than a voter registration campaign. "Trigger the Vote," however, is marred by the violent and insurrectionist rhetoric its three spokespersons have trumpeted since the election of Democratic President Barack Obama in 2008. The process of voting as a catalyst for peaceful change in public policy is sacrosanct to how our representative democracy operates. Ermey, Nugent and Norris have all made statements contrary to these ideals, however, going so far as to suggest that if ballots don't work, bullets will. They have also made it clear that their political tent is only open to certain Americans, and that others should stay clear.

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If this year's "Trigger the Vote" campaign ads are anything like years past (such as this one where an NRA supporter responds to the question, "What are you gonna do when they come take away your gun, huh?" by screaming "I'll tell those son of a bitches to get off my property, I'll kick the **** out of them, they'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands."), we should look forward to more mixed messages about civic responsibility on the one hand, and on the other, pure thuggery.

More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-horwitz/nra-get-out-the-vote-camp_b_1293134.html


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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 04:28 PM

2. The NRA is pretty much same thing as the KKK. Adherents of a violent RW political agenda.

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Response to Erose999 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 04:39 PM

3. Idiotic drivel... Pure nonsense

 

Kkk=nra???

At worst the nra is a gun nut club that is politically active whereas the kkk and its branches were tied to tens of thousands of felonies.

Wanna take that back?

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Response to Kwarg (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 02:26 PM

6. No, not really. Its unfashionable for these nuts to be in the Klan nowadays so the NRA has taken its


place as the fraternal organization of choice for rightwingers.

They are behind some truly terrible lobbying efforts, and I have no respect for them.

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Response to Kwarg (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 03:23 PM

7. The NRA would deprive others of the very same rights that they hold dear.

KKK did the same.

Ask any NRA member if it would be all right for any of these young men to own firearms and see what kind of answer you might get...


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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 12:08 AM

9. As long as they're not convicted felons

 

I think the NRA supports the right to bear arms for all who are legally entitled.

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Response to Kwarg (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 05:33 AM

10. And of course...

...they support leaving as wide a loophole as possible for convicted felons to obtain weapons through legal channels without a background check. Not to mention the easy access the insane have...

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 02:41 PM

12. I'm sure you're talking about "gun show" and private purchases

 

But any law regarding this would be overreaching. 99.999% (give or take) of all private transfers are between law abiding citizens... So banning private transfers ain' gonna happen

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Response to Kwarg (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 02:46 PM

13. Thanks to a right-wing gun lobby that doesn't give a fuck.

Don't tell me it can't be done:

FIREARM STATISTICS 2008-09

In 2008-09 firearms were involved in 0.3% or 1 in every 330 crimes recorded by police in England and Wales
Firearms were used in 14,250 recorded crimes in 2008-09, an 18% decrease on 2007-08, and the fifth consecutive annual fall
Excluding air weapons, firearm offences decreased by 17% to 8,208
Handguns were used in 4,275 offences during 2008-09, a rise of 2% on 2007-08
There was a large fall in the use of imitation weapons, which fell by 41% to 1,511
Overall, firearm offences involving any type of injury were down by 41% in 2008-09, from 4,164 in 2007-08 to 2,458
There were 39 fatal injuries from crimes involving firearms in 2008-09, the lowest recorded by the police in 20 years

Source: Home Office

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10220974


Why defend extremist demagogues?

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 04:40 PM

4. What I have come to expect from the NRA, where manhood flows from the barrel of a gun.

When will they learn that violence is never the answer?

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Response to lastlib (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 06:26 PM

5. "When will they learn that violence is never the answer?"

Don't hold your breathe.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:07 PM

8. They are professional fund raisers

They appeal to lots who are not smart enough to realize we hold the right to arm ourselves if we keep a clean record. I believe most are far right wingers and willing to give money to continue wrong thinking.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Sat Feb 25, 2012, 09:38 AM

11. Why is it OK for the NRA to organize voter-registration, but not ACORN, the NAACP, NOW, etc etc.

IOKIYAR

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