Thanks again for running this "Gun Appreciator" series, Rick. I have been showing it to gun owners who are not NRA members and so far you have provoked 8 gun owners to become new members of the NRA, and 3 non-gun owners to join.Great work!
Why is it not the least bit surprising that these kinds of folks inspire you and your friends, Jewish Marksman?
Just 8 and 3, J-Marx? No, I'm sure you meant 800 and 300, right? Just a typo.And show some consistency, if not respect when referencing your deities: it should be "G-n," not "gun."
"Why is it not the least bit surprising that these kinds of folks inspire you and your friends, Jewish Marksman?"Dez, "these kinds of folks"=Rick. His rabid and biased hate-filled demonizing of gun owners, portraying us all as neo-Nazis or camo-bedecked militants is what is driving NRA membership now. Every time he and his moveon.org handlers try to make his readers believe that gun owners are all hillbilly rednecks and nazis, he makes it harder and harder for any gun owner to believe that the progressives want dialogue.Average, everyday responsible citizens with mainstream political views from all over the demographic spectrum are gun owners. When they see what people like Rick are doing, they realize they need a voice, and the NRA is the leading game in town.It's ironic because Rick and his "ilk" (Rick's favorite term to demonize a broad group of people) are the first to say you can't condemn Islam because of 1 terrorist, 20 terrorists, 1000 terrorists, or even 100,000 terrorists. Generalize terrorism to Islam and he and his progressive "ilk" cry racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, etc.What is his "Gun Appreciator" series but the exact same hateful rhetoric?
Not all gun appreciators are involved in shooting massacres, but all shooting massacres are committed by gun appreciators.
JM, I don't think that everyone in the NRA is a nutcase. But I do think they have their fair share of radicals who define themselves by their guns and a far right ideology. I think it's an explosive mix that has been especially subject to volatility these last 4 years.I still remember growing up, learning to hunt, and going to NRA-sponsored gun safety courses. I know they're not a bad organization. It's just that they, like their Republican brothers, have let their message be radicalized by extremists.It's time the decent members step up to the plate and make sure the NRA leadership know that they don't speak for them and the thousands of other honorable members who stand with them..
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