Monday, February 25, 2013

NRA (Not Really Admiring)

Yesterday, at Kroger, I saw an elderly man sitting on a cart used by handicapped people. I noticed his hat, and I thought the hat had a military service-related insignia on it. I was going to thank him for his service to our country. As I got closer, I saw that it was an NRA logo instead, and I backed away. The man noticed that I was looking at his hat and that I had backed away.

He said, "You didn't like me when you saw that", as he pointed to his hat. I answered, "I wouldn't judge anyone without knowing him." He said, "A lot of people hate the NRA." I asked, "Really? I'm surprised, especially around here." He said, "I hear it from people all the time." I said, "It doesn't mean they hate you; it means they dislike what the NRA leaders are saying." Although I was surprised, I was nevertheless pleased to learn that others--especially local people--had expressed to him their dislike of the NRA.

I said, "I thought it was a military insignia on your hat and I was going to thank you for your service." He answered, "Well, I had 31 years in the service." I started to take his hand to shake hands but part of his hand was missing. He offered his other hand to me and I said, "Thank you for your service, sir; you should be wearing a hat showing your service." He said, "They didn't give me a free one!" (That was funny!) I answered, "I'll get one for you!"

I don't think it's appropriate to verbally attack a stranger and I understand that polls show that the majority of the members of the NRA disagree with Mr. LaPierre, who is nothing more than a shill for weapons manufacturers. A number of weapons barons are members of the Governing Board of the NRA, and they obviously serve up LaPierre as their whipping boy! Actually, it's very brilliant of them: they must have learned the tactic to hide from the media and Congress from the cigarette producers who were pilloried before Congress.

I know several NRA members who agree with me on issues relating to gun control. One, who is a hunter, told me that he has written to, e-mailed, and called Mr. LaPierre to tell him that he doesn't believe in using military equipment to kill a deer.


Anonymous said...

I think the politicians who accept money from them should have to wear NASCAR-like uniforms and have NRA all over the uniforms! ML

Scott Wieduwilt said...

I want to start off by saying that the 2nd amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting.
The .223 Armerlite Rifle is not for hunting, it's too small a round for deer, it’s a varmint round about the same size as a .22

Do you believe that DHS, FEMA and the Police should have an AR-15?

Do you believe that the Police or Government agents are Above the Citizen?

Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

The government is trying to divide "we" into "police" and "not police", such a definition is both unnatural and contrary to the maintenance of liberty.

The "police" and the "people" are supposed to be the same, once you start restricting non-police to equipment that police can buy, you have created a police state by putting the police above the citizen, and since the only difference is SUPPOSED to be the paycheck. the "police" and the "people" are supposed to be the same thing: this ensures liberty against tyranny.

"We" as police and as citizen should have everything we need to perform our civic duty to defend ourselves, our neighbors and our liberty... whether somebody has issued us a badge or not, whether we get paid to do it full time or not.

Okay, how about this: "Gun control isn't about guns, it's about control."

So in short the 2nd Amendment is to keep the People at the same level as the Government (Not the Military since a standing Army is not allowed to be deployed on US Soil “posse comitatus act”) this equality ensures freedom and Liberty, without it Tyranny will prevail.