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.