The NRA rejects reason and stokes fear at its annual convention.
The National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston was a three-day carnival of shrill pandering by organization leaders and tone-deaf politicians, who used recent national tragedies to stoke fear and paranoia rather than seek sensible solutions to gun violence.
Instead of joining a growing national consensus in favor of expanding background checks, or even engaging in a civilized discussion about reducing gun violence, NRA leaders and their political agitators embraced the battle slogan “Stand and Fight” as they began to load up for the 2014 congressional elections. Incoming NRA President James Porter called it “a culture war.”
Indeed it is. We can count the casualties in places like Newtown, Conn.; Aurora, Colo.; and Blacksburg. They are the victims in a war the NRA appears bent on furthering with overheated rhetoric and zealous opposition to even the most narrow gun control proposals.