Did the NRA Officially Call for a Violent Uprising?

One of the key markers of the Donald Trump presidential campaign was the underlying call for mass violence against those who disagreed with the candidate. From reporters targeted by Trump supporters to protesters beaten at rallies, it’s little wonder that the campaign itself was literally sued for inciting violence.

Now that the election is over and President Trump is in the White House, the rhetoric still hasn’t died down. In fact, it has only gotten worse. And most recently, taking that mantle and ratcheting it up another level is the newest ad from the National Rifle Association — one that some believe is an actual “open call for violence.”

In the ad, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch recites:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance. All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.

Many on both sides of the political aisle are rightfully concerned that the ad serves as a not so subtle call to gun owners to take up arms against anti-Trump protesters.

“The ad prompted backlash from some progressives, who called it ‘an open call to violence’ and ‘barely a whisper shy of a call for full civil war,” reports Business Insider. “The conservative columnist Anne Applebaum also denounced the ad, saying it called on Americans ‘to arm themselves to fight liberals. Violence is coming.’” One civil rights activist even called it “basically the white equivalent of an ISIS recruitment video.”

The NRA was formed to uphold the second amendment, which says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

While the right has long claimed that the “right to bear arms” is a constitutional declaration that anyone should be able to carry any gun at any time, now it appears they are moving forward on forming a “well regulated Militia,” too. Gun rights advocates are already pushing more open carry laws and spreading self defense claims that allow gun owners to shoot first whenever they believe they are threatened. And this painting of political protesters as potentially dangerous opens the door for right wingers to justify using a weapon in any skirmish with someone from the left.

Luckily, it seems that the ad is so far over the top that even the NRA’s own supporters are opposing it.

“‘I’m an old white guy and a life member, but this BS is disgusting,’ Facebook user Eric Eugene Rush commented under the post. ‘When you spew crap like this, you don’t speak for me anymore. I try to avoid doing things on the spur of the moment, but I’ll be thinking about canceling my membership,’” reports the Washington Post. “‘Jeeeeesus . . . it almost looks like you’re encouraging violence against demonstrators,’ Steve van der Lacy wrote. ‘Just let the police do their jobs when or if protests get out of hand.’”

Whether the NRA loses members over this ad or not, there is no doubt that the call to arms will be embraced by some, putting lives in danger. The question is, how many injuries and deaths will they incite before the GOP finally stops accepting the organization’s money and promoting their agenda?

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73 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R16 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Carl R
Carl R3 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Just H
Just Human3 months ago

Nothing in the US surprises me anymore. We've lost our way. You sow lower education budgets you reap a frightened and paranoid populace.

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RONALD Walker
RONALD W3 months ago

It's all about killing people. NRA is all about killing people. You have the right to kill people you don't like under the NRA. Sorry but life is more to me than NRA.

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David Anderson
David Anderson3 months ago

Annabel B3 days ago
"David F
The point is that if none of these people, Democrat or Republican it makes no difference, hadn't had easy access to a gun these shootings would not have happened. Get it? "

For decades, the worst 'gun violence' which I prefer to call as it is, crime perpetrated by an individual, not an inanimate object, has occurred in communities in which guns were heavily restricted or prohibited outright. Chicago and Washington DC come to mind. Get it?

By the way, where is the cry about groups like Antifa engaging in violence? Is cracking someone's skull somehow morally superior to using more sophisticated equipment to do the same job? Is violent assault only wrong if the perpetrator happens to be right-leaning (never mind that the majority appear not to be)?

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O3 months ago

We don't understand the American fascination with guns so it must be just all the marketing. Here we don't get that marketing as there is no point advertising a product to people who can't buy it.

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