Apparently the NRA is deeply offended that media like the New York Times actually report on gun deaths in America and the NRA is declaring war against the press in America.
Foaming at the mouth rabid dog Dana Loesch is threatening to fist or fisk the New York Times. Either way she and the NRA itself are nuts. They’re in bed with gun manufacturers and couldn’t give a damn about the tens of thousands of Americans who are killed by their products every year.
The 2nd. Amendment protects the right of Americans to own some guns. It doesn’t give the gun lobby the right to openly attack the 1st Amendment which protects the right of the press to report the facts.
The facts are that guns are used to kills thousands of people in the US every year.
The facts are also that the NRA no longer represents individual gun owners, its a lobby group for the firearm industry.
It’s far from obvious. The group bills itself as the 140-year-old voice of the gun-loving grassroots—the deer hunters, sport shooters, and self-defense-minded 2nd Amendment devotees who woud kindly like the government to keep its hands off their Glocks and AR-15s. But the modern NRA’s hard-line political stances, which often seem out of step even with the majority of gun-owners, and its deepening industry ties have led some to argue that the group is little more than a corporate lobbyist dressed up in woodsy camouflage.
Between then and 2011, the Violence Policy Center estimates that the firearms industry donated as much as $38.9 million to the NRA’s coffers. The givers include 22 different gun makers, including famous names like Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA, SIGARMS, and Sturm, Ruger & Co. that also manufacture so-called assault weapons.
We don’t need to shut down the New York Times because it’s reporting on gun deaths in a way gun manufacturers don’t like, we need to regulate special interest groups like the NRA who claim to be one thing - an advocacy group for individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution - but are really something much different. A group with strong financial ties to manufacturers of a products deadly to Americans on a daily basis.
How about a class action suit to make the NRA liable for many of those deaths it helps make happen by blocking any sane gun laws.
The US 2nd Amendment was introduced in the 1790s and refers directly to a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of the nation. It was constituted at a time when the US could not afford a permanent standing army able to defend against a likely British invasion that did in fact happen 20 years later.
But due to politics and economics guns are now sold as a means for vigilante justice that places all Americans at risk of deaths at the hands of other Americans with guns. The need for a “well regulated militia” ended over a century ago, the US has the most powerful standing armed forces on the planet. All guns are used for now in the US is to commit violence against other civilians which was never the intent of the 2nd amendment.
In the 1790s a militia man would have been equipped with a musket or rifled muzzleloader, a few shots a minute was considered excellent and accuracy was only good to 100 yards or so. Now one person with a high capacity hand gun can have the same firepower as an entire squad of early militiamen. Someone with an assault rifle has as much firepower as entire platoon from that era.
If you’re somebody like Jerry Miculek you can fire a pistol at the same rate as a machine gun.
He can also hit targets at 1,000 yards WITH A HANDGUN. Clearly firearms, geopolitical factors and US society have all changed drastically in 200 plus years, why the hell shouldn’t gun laws. The threat is no longer from the British coming to take back America, the threat is the nut job next door with 20 guns going postal and taking out a school or neighbourhood.
And the NRA wants to make sure even more Americans die violently by shutting down anyone who criticizes guns because guns makers pay the NRA millions of dollars.