Ana Marie Cox wrote a couple of articles about the NRA for The Guardian in late April—at the time of the organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis. Cox said that the NRA “doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about solutions to inner-city gun violence…” She said that’s because it’s “too busy using it to scare people into thinking they need guns.” She added, “To the extent they pose a strategy for ending it, the refrain is simple: ‘enforce existing laws’”.
Cox reported that during his convention speech, Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, “exhorted the crowd “to a morally obligated vigilantism.” She said that LaPierre drew a vivid picture for the attendees present “of a United States in utter decay and fragmented beyond repair, Mad Max-meets-Hunger Games, divided by Soylent Green.”
We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out gamers and rapers, haters, campus killers, airport killers, shopping-mall killers, road-rage killers, and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids, or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse the society that sustains us all.
NRA’s Wayne LaPierre ‘We’re On Our Own’
Cox continued by saying that LaPierre’s vision was a bleak one and was “exaggerated dystopianism in service of sedition…”
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore said that the NRA “is stoking the fires of paranoia and fear in order to pass legislation, sell more guns and make more money.” He added that all one has to do is to listen “to the apocalyptic, conspiratorial speech made by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to get so scared you probably will rush right out and buy a couple AR-15s.”
Cliff Schecter (The Daily Beast) wrote about what he saw at the 2014 National Rifle Association Convention after walking through the halls at the Indianapolis Convention Center. He said he witnessed the “modern NRA laid bare”—which was “the inevitable result of its chosen path, to go all in with arms dealers looking to sell ever more exotic military weaponry as their market has shrunk with the decline of hunting in a more urban and suburban America. As long as Sig Sauer and Remington and Winchester are profiting, there can be no gun too lethal, no weapon too powerful, no shooting tragic enough for the NRA to alter course.” He added that the NRA had embraced its new mission “to militarize the streets of America with zeal, scaring the bejesus out of its most faithful adherents with ghost stories about preparing for the breakdown of civilization, to destroy any faith they might have in our democracy or our first responders. You’re all alone, in their telling. Just you and the one thing that’s always faithful: your gun.”
NRA Hypnosis: Guns, Sweet Guns!
NRA Hypnosis (Mark Fiore)
The NRA has declared war on America: Wayne LaPierre and Co are not out merely to defend the Second Amendment or Newtown or gun laws anymore. They want you to pay the price for freedom and they want their money now (The Guardian)
The NRA way: celebrate buying guns in a city where 4 people just got shot: At its convention, the NRA won’t dwell on ending inner-city gun violence – because it’s too busy scaring people into thinking they need more guns (The Guardian)