In 2008 the National Rifle Association (NRA) were saying that Obama would come for your guns. In 2012 they’re saying ‘well he didn’t come for your guns yet but he’ll DEFINITELY be coming for them if he’s re-elected’.
In state after state the NRA is pushing one bizarre law or another. Guns in daycare centers? Essential! On school buses? It’s in the constitution!
The NRA is a $200 million dollar business – what else is it going to do? Go back to running shooting classes? Its existence depends on ‘Libruls’ always ‘trying to prise your gun from your cold dead hands’.
The reason Florida has the law which caused the police to let George Zimmerman go, and may yet see him get away with no charges, is because the NRA pushed for it. And they pushed for it because they need to keep busy.
Was it really needed? It was for the NRA, because what else could they be but be seen to be doing something, anything.
They’re pushing laws to allow concealed weapons in schools and colleges. Is that really needed?
In Virginia they’re trying to get a law repealed that stops the purchase of more than one gun a month. Two-third of Virginians, including lots of gun owners, see the law as common sense but it’s the NRA’s job to keep pushing for more laws or repealing ones that the gun industry which funds it might like to see repealed.
Since the 2005 ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida, they’ve got the GOP run legislature to pass a ‘Bring Your Gun to Work’ law and a law forbidding doctors from asking their patients if they owned guns (a judge struck that one down). Their latest blocks Florida towns and cities from enacting any sensible local gun bans such as in a park.
The NRA has won, essentially, all its members could ever reasonably want but it cannot just claim victory. Neither Obama nor anyone else is coming for them but they can’t admit to their power; they have to carry on playing the victim because that’s what keeps the dollars rolling in.
This isn’t just my observation but that of those who watch them the closest. Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence agrees with Gail Collins of the New York Times’ view that these laws are a sign of NRA ‘desperation.’
The ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida was a NRA project and its push into now 24 states was organized by a body they fund which coordinates the push for such legislation among GOP state legislators.
Its advocates, which included Jeb Bush, argued that it was needed and would reduce crime. It hasn’t. Instead, it’s arguably led not just to Martin’s death but that of numerous (maybe more than one hundred) other innocent bystanders, including one middle-class, middle-aged white father of two profiled by Anderson Cooper, which also resulted in police inaction on the killer.
The law has also been used by Florida gang members to get off from being charged with homicide.
Law professor Jonathan Turley explains that even with the national fury and demand for an arrest, it is still likely as not that Zimmerman will also get off any charges because of the NRA’s law. A prosecution of Zimmerman, he and many others say may still be possible, but would be very difficult.
Like with ‘pro-life’ advocates, who have also essentially won so they have to keep pushing at the boundaries with forced transvaginal ultrasounds and the ‘personhood’ movement and a million ways to get at Planned Parenthood, the NRA has to carry on pushing outlandish laws like ‘Stand Your Ground’ because otherwise what is it for?
Unfortunately, it hasn’t seemed to matter if — as happened with Florida’s law — the NRA’s increasingly disastrous proposals keep being opposed by police or come with other warnings from those who would know who fear the worst, like, as with Florida’s law, that they will result in racial profiling murders.
Will the outcry over this death temper the NRA’s power? It’s hard to be that optimistic.
US – 10.27
Finland – 6.86
Switzerland – 6.4
France – 6.35
Canada – 4.78
Austria – 4.56
Norway – 4.39
Portugal – 3.72
Belgium – 3.48
Israel – 3.0
Italy – 2.95
Australia – 2.94
New Zealand – 2.66
Germany – 1.57
Greece – 1.5
UK – 0.41
Picture from Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin in NY’s Union Sq by Photo Gallery