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Understanding the NRA's 'Logic'

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(NNPA) Every time the National Rifle Association (NRA) or its political allies block any form of gun control, people throw up their hands in complete frustration trying to figure out why the NRA will, seemingly, never agree to any sort of reasonable gun control. The answer is quite simple: the NRA believes that any degree of gun control is a slippery slope which will inevitably lead to more restrictions on the use of fire arms. Once you appreciate the NRA’s “logic,” their positions—as backward and anti-social as they are—take on a different meaning.

What is critical that one appreciates is that the NRA is not so much focused on this or that piece of gun control legislation. I would wager that they probably care little about whether a clip has three bullets or 300. What they care about is that restrictions on any ammo clip will result, over time, in greater restrictions on guns.

It is, therefore, important that those of us who believe that it is not a great idea for mentally disturbed individuals to have access to firearms, to never assume that passionate pleas to the NRA or its political allies will work. The NRA has inoculated itself against passionate pleas. The ghosts of the children killed at the daycare center in Newtown, Conn. could appear in front of the headquarters of the NRA and it would make no difference.

In appreciating what motivates the NRA one must, therefore, understand that winning reasonable gun control, e.g., universal background checks, will not happen through television commercials or the tears of victims of gun violence. Such legislation will result from raw power and intense organizing among the public. The NRA is a very well-funded and well-organized lobby that has the capacity to put the fear of God into many elected officials. The only way to counter that is not through attempts at compromise but rather by developing a sufficient counter-force that will cause elected officials to pause before they give away the store to the NRA.

A country built on racial slavery and genocide finds it difficult to accept that there need to be controls over the use of firearms. That history of rampant, frequently uncontrolled – yet directed – violence is the toxin which is in the political system that periodically produces moments of complete insanity. This toxin leads too many people to believe that having nearly unfettered access to firearms is paramount regardless of how many innocent individuals lose their lives.

It is not the 2nd Amendment that fundamentally motivates uncompromising firearms fanatics, but the fear that was engendered through the scars resulting from the violent history of this country. Given that history, the NRA is successfully able to play a tune to which so many will dance. In the bizarre universe which the NRA has constructed, built upon and within a very real and violent history, it all starts to make sense…and is equally sickening.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Follow him at www.billfletcherjr.com.

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-1 # wyatt cox 2013-05-08 21:23
Criminals want access to weapons. Criminals don't want law abiding citizens to have acces to weapons.
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-1 # liberalsaremean 2013-04-27 14:47
It's not a clip, it's a magazine.
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+2 # David Rogers 2013-04-27 10:14
Mr. Bill Fletcher, Jr.
I take great offense at your verbal depiction of the National Rifle Association of which I am an Endowment Member. We are law abiding citizens of this United States that keeps this country strong as you Liberals attempt to sell us all out at every twist and turn. Lie, misinform and do so constantly is not going to accomplish any thing of value. Attempting to disarm America and you shall see a war, the likes you have never seen. I am ashamed of you! You discredit the good people in your race. You insult my race and conservative way of life. Your education and Liberal views have made you worthless to the American way of life. Thank you for this misguided effort to fix a serious issue.
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+1 # Wess 2013-04-27 10:00
Yes this country has a history of violence but that makes us no different than any other country on the planet. Your ideology clouds your ability to reason and accept that evil and violence are very real things committed by people who do not value precious life. Your upset with an organization that defends every Americans Citizens Rights from being diminished by a government which has no responsibility for your personal safety. Your upset with an organization that has a single goal of protecting your personal rights from further infringement regardless of how or if you decide to exercise them. Your upset with an organization that doesn't allow feelings and emotions to cloud the truth.
Your personal rights to self defense should not be compromised or diminished because someone else feels they know what's best for you.
Maybe you should remember that Gun Control in this country was founded in the post civil war Racist Democrat South and Jim Crow Laws.
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+1 # bill o rights 2013-04-27 10:00
I'll stand with the nra thank you. The anti gunners are clueless to reality and will never get it .They believe all the misinformed rheteric they can spit out.
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+1 # matthew coger 2013-04-27 09:05
you say the NRA is well funded. youre right it is by honest hard working citizens that don't want there rights taken away. liberals don't care what the majority of people want. they only care about what there slanted view is and nothing more. and if Americas slavery and genocidal history bothers you get a life it was a hundred years ago. no one living now had anything to do with it. GROW UO and see the world for what it really is not what youre slanted view of it.
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-3 # Greg Fuller 2013-04-26 10:21
Understanding the NRA's 'Logic'
The NRA's 2nd Admend. PR is a smokescreen for other aims -cheif among them is the billions of dollars gained by selling guns to any and all -and then selling more guns to defend against the guns they put in circulation . Pretty sweet deal for the gun sellers .

More , gun manufacturers and their political henchmen dump guns worldwide into communities of color making sure they reach the most disaffected and misguided -who then use the guns to sow chaos,and politically maiming depopulation , as in Detroit .
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-1 # TERRY FISHER 2013-04-27 11:13
BILL I DISAGREE WITH YOU THIS GUN DEBATE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACIAL GENOCIDE AS YOU PUT BUT THE LETTER OF THE LAW .THE FOUNDING FATHERS WROTE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE INTO THE CONSTITUTION. THEY FORMED THE WORDING SO AS TO HAVE NO MISUNDERSTANDING TO IT'S CONTENT. WE WERE A COUNTRY FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM WHICH IS WHY WE FOUGHT FOR IT IN THE REVOLUTION AGAINST ENGLAND AND THE TYRANNY THAT WE WERE NOT SLAVES TO THE KING OF ENGLAND BUT FREE HUMAN BEINGS WITH RIGHTS TO CONTROL OURSELVES AND GOVERN IN AWAY THAT LET MAN PROTECT HIS PROPERTY AND LIFE WITH A FIREARM IF HE SO CHOOSES.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS ALL ABOUT PROTECTING THE REPUBLIC AGAINST TYRANNY FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC, CURRENTLY WE ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO THE TYRANNICAL RANTS OF A MAN WHO IF HE COULD PROCLAIM HIMSELF "KING" IF HE COULD FIGURE OUT HOW TO CIRCUMVENT THE CONSTITUTION.
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+2 # matthew coger 2013-04-27 09:09
Obama has sold more guns in the last year than anything the NRA has done. thanks Obama!!!
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