but then they turn around and blame mass shootings on the NRA.
Which is weird, when you think of it, because the 9/11 terrorists explicitly said that they were killing in the name of Islam, but none of the insane asshats who have shot up a mall or a school have ever done so in the name of the NRA.
Glen Reynolds writes:
MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Reflections on Newtown: A week after an American tragedy, what have we learned? Excerpt:Let me add for the irony impaired, who may be quick to dub this post "repugnant," I don't think we should blame Islam for 9/11, but I also don't think that the NRA is responsible for Newtown.Is Hate A Liberal Value? A 20-year-old lunatic stole some guns and killed people. Who’s to blame? According to a lot of our supposedly rational and tolerant opinion leaders, it’s . . . the NRA, a civil-rights organization whose only crime was to oppose laws banning guns. (Ironically, it wasn’t even successful in Connecticut, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.)Read the whole thing.
The hatred was intense. One Rhode Island professor issued a call — later deleted — for NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick.” People like author Joyce Carol Oates and actress Marg Helgenberger wished for NRA members to be shot. So did Texas Democratic Party official John Cobarruvias, who also called the NRA a “terrorist organization,” and Texas Republican congressman Louis Gohmert a “terror baby.”
Nor were reporters, who are supposed to be neutral, much better. As The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg commented, “Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more than anything else, ever. ”
Calling people murderers and wishing them to be shot sits oddly with claims to be against violence. The NRA — like the ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers or Planned Parenthood — exists to advocate policies its members want. It’s free speech. The group-hate directed at the NRA is ugly and says ugly things about those consumed by it.
At some point, the individuals involved need to step up and be responsible for their own evil.