Every year the NRA has their annual convention and every year I’m reminded how many crazy people exist in this country. Now before gun lovers lose their minds, let me profess that I’m a supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I believe it’s perfectly fine to own hunting rifles and even a few handguns for self defense. Any time I write about guns, the common theme of what I believe lies in the fact that we can have the right to carry guns – but also maintain common sense when exercising that right.
But when it comes to the NRA, these people are a bunch of paranoid, mentally deranged lunatics. Now I’m not saying everyone who’s a member of the NRA fits this description, but if we’re going to let those speaking (and attending) their convention represent that group, that’s exactly what they are.
These people are unhinged, pure and simple. They really live in a world where they seem to fear everyone and everything nearly all the time. They honestly believe that we own guns not just for self defense, but to “keep our government fearful of its citizens.”
And let’s not forget their favorite line (and quite possibly dumbest thing I’ve ever heard), “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
No, it’s not. The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to do your best to ensure bad guys don’t get guns. But without arguing the semantics behind that idea, what their favorite line essentially says is the only way to stop bad guys is to let them commit some kind of crime, then a “good guy with a gun” can stop them.
It’s almost like these people want reality to be comprised of scenes from bad action movies, where something horrible happens and then a “hero” shows up to “save the day.”
Take these mass shootings. Sure, a “good guy with a gun” might have been able to take down the shooter before they had a chance to claim more victims, but there’s just one problem – what about their initial victims? Are we essentially saying that a few victims is acceptable? Because that “good guy with a gun” can only act after the “bad guy with a gun” perpetrates some kind of violent crime.
No matter how old I get, I’ll never understand the obsession people have with guns. People literally “love” guns. Hell, millions of people are obsessed with them. They hoard them like some crazy person obsessed with cats. Stock piling guns and ammo, fearful that the “government” will come knocking one day.
The NRA is nothing more than a fear mongering propaganda machine sponsored by big gun manufacturers with the sole purpose of targeting the most paranoid among us to stir up fear, so that it will translate into record sales of guns and ammunition. Which is exactly what happens.
Since President Obama came into office all the NRA has done is perpetuate this idea that he’s going to “come for your guns.” Yet there’s not a single American in this country that can say they’ve lost any gun rights because of President Obama. So despite five years where President Obama hasn’t at all tried to “take their guns,” they still believe that he’s going to.
They even said that the fact that he hasn’t tried to take people’s guns was “part of his plan” to get re-elected so that in his second term he could finally come after their guns. And watch, once his second term is over they’ll spout off something about, “See, Americans standing up to the tyrant Obama kept him from marching his foot soldiers into your homes to take your guns!”
Honestly, they’re the ultimate conspiracy theorists. They push ridiculous conspiracies that aren’t based on any kind of reality, this causes gun and ammo sales to skyrocket, then when nothing happens they claim some kind of “victory” over a threat that was never there.
It’s both pathetic and kind of ingenious.
I think there’s a clear difference between a gun enthusiast and a gun nut. If you enjoy going to a shooting range, hunting or sport shooting you’re most likely a gun enthusiast. If you hoard a pile of guns and ammunition with the belief that you’re some form of vigilante/militia member who’s going to stroll through society prepared at any moment for some kind of firefight or second revolution, you’re most likely a gun nut.
And the latter is what most of these NRA members seem to be.