I was out and about earlier today doing my Saturday morning shopping when I became aware of a young man who was pushing a shopping cart down the aisle directly in front of me. His proximity gave me a clear view of the message on the back of his tee-shirt. It proclaimed rather proudly that he was a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a member of the National Rifle Association. The message was clear and concise, and it left no doubt that he regarded himself as a good American, just like all of the other members of "his" group.
The NRA would be happy if it was perceived a big citizens' organization, funded by their voluntary members, and out doing good works and safeguarding the 2nd Amendment. Because the 2nd Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments), the NRA has even stooped to referring to itself as a "civil rights" organization. And even though most of the members think (proudly) that the organization belongs to them, in point of fact they belong to it.
The primary funder of the National Rifle Association was, is, and probably always will be the gun industry, and the overriding objective of American gun manufacturers is to sell more guns. Members pay dues and thus feel ownership, but they are not the big dogs in the equation. The members are the tails of the big dogs. They are the mailing lists, the flames of paranoia that get fanned whenever any legislative body has the temerity to even discuss anything that would cut into gun sales and profits.
Guns are big business, and the NRA is the lobbying arm of that business.
I found the following at Daily Kos today and thought it was worth disseminating a little further. The author is Hugh S. Bailey writing in the Connecticut Post.
"If the federal government wants to get you, your basement arsenal will not be much protection.
We spend about as much on our military as the rest of the world put together. If you get to thinking another American Revolution is in order, it's a guarantee you'll be outgunned.
This would appear obvious. It's apparently not. The nation's debate on guns is forced to accommodate people who believe they are poised to stand up to an Obama-led reign of tyranny, egged on by interest groups claiming to stand for freedom but who are mostly interested in selling more guns."
So keep buying those guns - big-assed automatics with monster clips - and keep having those wet dreams of rushing off into the hills and defending your nation from itself, or the Mexicans, or the North Koreans, or the gays, or Muslims from Kenya, or armageddon. The future of America will rest on your personal firepower! Or not.
And keep paying those NRA dues because those suits work for you! Chuckle.