The Fucking NRA

…NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre exhorted the crowd to a morally obligated vigilantism. He drew a vivid picture of a United States in utter decay and fragmented beyond repair, Mad Max-meets-Hunger Games, divided by Soylent Green:

“We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping-mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all.”

LaPierre’s bleak vision is exaggerated dystopianism in service of sedition, a wide-ranging survey of targets that put justice against the intrusions of the IRS on a continuum with (as an advertisement he ran during his speech put it) workplace “bullies and liars”.

You cannot have it both ways. You cannot be both winning and losing, alone but united, the minority but the majority. It is almost (almost!) as if Wayne LaPierre intended to mislead his audience with this whiplash oratory, intended to dizzy them into acceptance of his underlying message, which is almost disappointingly mundane: give us money. Give the NRA money. Give us money so we can create the legal environment that allows gun manufacturers to make more money so that they can give us more money.

Conspicuously absent from LaPierre’s list of grievances was any serious consideration of the economic system that might have a role destabilizing the society for which he pantomimes such concern.

The fucking NRA.

The rest of the article is equally dead on.

Meanwhile, the other day down in Georgia? Where I believe citizens are required to keep firearms? Someone dressed up as Rambo shot and killed several people before he tired of his amusement and offed himself.

Not a single citizen pulled so much as a cap-gun on the guy, much less engaged in a full-fledged shootout with the obvious head case. 1

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  1. In a perfect world LaPierre and the executive board of the fucking NRA would be caught up in one of the random berserker attacks. In a slightly less perfect, more authoritarian world…someone would send a drone while LaPierre ands crew were all gathered in the same spot to rid America of our most virulent domestic terrorists. I’m just saying…

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  1. I didn’t (and (full disclosure) most likely won’t) read the source material, but the quoted section sounds like it could have have been a speech from Candidate Barack “Most Transparent Administration in History” Obama justifying the need for domestic spying.

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