On Thursday night the NRA showed what cowards they really are. They were invited to participate in President Obama’s town hall on guns, an event that was held literally just a few miles away from the NRA’s Virginia headquarters, yet they refused to show up. One would think a rabid pro-gun group would jump at the chance to question the president face-to-face during a live broadcast.
Unfortunately, the cowards were too afraid to show up.
And there were plenty of excuses to go around. One of the most common ones I encountered on Twitter was that the NRA refused to participate because the town hall was a “trap” setup by President Obama and the “liberal” CNN. That’s just incredibly… sad. These are the folks who talk like they’re a bunch of tough guys walking around the streets, ready at any moment to take on “bad guys with guns,” but they’re too scared to show up to a town hall debate on guns?
But then I saw where the head of the NRA’s lobbying arm, Chris Cox, took time to do an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, predictably bashing the president.
“He doesn’t support the individual right to own a firearm. That’s been the position of his Supreme Court nominees. That’s been the position of his administration,” Cox said. “So what are we going to talk about, basketball? I’m not really interested in going over and talking to the president who doesn’t have a basic level of respect or understanding of the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners in this country.”
What an absolute cop-out.
If you’re an organization that truly believes in the propaganda you always push, then you don’t make excuses to avoid confronting one of your biggest critics who happens to be the President of the United States. And you certainly don’t avoid that debate, then run to the conservative-friendly Fox News to whine about the very person you avoided debating in the first place. This was textbook “chickening out” of a debate that the NRA knows it couldn’t win. Though the sad part is, their supporters will likely enthusiastically buy this load of crap.
And, as always, Fox News was more than willing to help them sell it.
If the NRA had something to say to the president, they had their chance. President Obama even mentioned that he’s invited the NRA to the White House on numerous occasions, only to have them repeatedly decline to come.
The truth is, the NRA is nothing but a bunch of propagandists. They have no intention or desire to support anything that might help reduce gun violence in this country. Hell, why would they? They would stand to lose billions of dollars if the United States had the same rate of gun violence as nations like France, Germany, Japan and England. This is an industry that thrives off fear, death and irrational paranoia.
A person has to be incredibly naive to believe that an industry that profits heavily from death would ever willingly support anything that might hurt their bottomline.