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I am a staunch, if not rabid supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I was *once* a staunch NRA member as well. But the NRA leadership has failed to recognize the strategy and tactics needed to win the "culture war" we are indeed in. Alas, the NRA has unwisely chosen to define "culture" around conservative republican lines, pandering far too much to that demographic. If instead, the NRA had properly worked harder over the last few decades to increase the number of women and urban professionals in self-defense and in the shooting sports, we wouldn't be experiencing half the mush-headed gun control balderdash we've been subjected to lately! We would have a larger and more diverse base of support to draw upon. Sadly, the NRA is very foolishly circling the wagons, instead of working feverishly to expand beyond their conservative republican base. We are indeed in a "cultural war" in defense of the Bill Of Rights. But I think the NRA desperately needs to find themselves some better 'Generals' in order to successfully fight this battle.
There is a culture war in this country. The NRA speaks for a lot of us. It would be nice if the NRA would also have a Northern convention for their members up here. Minneapolis would be a great location.
Jarlmn, what do you think the "culture" war is about? 1. Our right to keep and bare guns are the heritage of this country. 2. The culture war is also about brainwashing all of our young people. When NBC, CBS and CNN and ABC all join and say the same thing, then no wonder our young people think that must be the only way to see things. 3. People get so rash about putting all the blame on our right to keep and bare arms since they have no one else to blame. One lunatic here or there or anti-american groups do some killing and drop bombs and all we hear is take away the guns we own. I fear tyranny over all of us than some numb anti-gun people.
The article said: ""It is a cultural fight on those 10 guarantees," he said, referring to the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution"---------- Really? So are conservatives now in favor of limiting government establishment of religion? Or in favor of all of the rights of the criminally accused in the 4th-8th Amendments? And are they now OK with a right to privacy as an unenumerated right under the 9th Amendment? How about freedom of expression for sexually-related materials and performances? They have fought against all of those things for so long, it's odd that they would now embrace them.
When it is a requirement that I need a background check for my freedom of speech, I will support "enhanced" background checks on private firearm sales.
You may need to deliver on that promise -- when the time comes that your exercise of your First Amendment right immediately drops someone to the ground, bleeding and clinging to life.The "logic" of Second Amendment Idol Worshipers.
You may need to deliver on that promise -- when the time comes that your exercise of your First Amendment right immediately drops someone to the ground, bleeding and clinging to life.
The "logic" of Second Amendment Idol Worshipers.
hawkeyyadayadayada- since when has the government established a religion? The closest we have ever come is building footwashing stations in government buildings specifically for 1 religion. All the rest of the whining by the freedom from religion crowd (a concept decidedly NOT in the Constitution), has been about violating the 1st by preventing others from their freedom OF religion. I love the BS about the "unenumerated" right in the 9th. It is that ignorant, inane ruling that has caused so much trouble, and it can be tossed by any court, any time specifically BECAUSE the idiots on the Supreme court made it up. When did "the right" ever come out against rights? And finally, it is comical the proposals put forth by the anti-gun fanatics to circumvent the right to keep and bare arms like the 1000% ammo tax, or the "must be stored in a separate safe from the ammo" BS, and yet you scream when we try to keep the filthy porn out of the hands of kids, and object to paying for displaying it in a publicly funded library. What is the difference? As long as you claim their are all kinds of limits on the right to arms and the right to practice our religions, then their are all kinds of limits available to freedom of "expression" (another phrase NOT in the Constitution). There is considerable doubt that the framers intended to protect porn., but absolutely none that they intended to protect political speech, yet we have WAY more laws attempting to limit political speech than we do porn. Bill G.
I took the NRA firearms safety course many decades ago and was a member. In a way I am happy to have drifted away from the NRA of old as its image has changed. It is goof balls like the guy pictured with the macho auto handgun t-shirt above that repulse non-firearms citizens with the survivalist, freedom, amendment rights talk. I would never pay dues to be a fellow member with that dude. Yes, protect yourself but you don't need a closet full of swat team firearms at home and scare the neighborhood with snarls and steely eyes. It is this style of "firearms enthusiasts" and sellers that have ruined the sport for everyone. Not to mention the stolen firearms due to irresponsible firearms/ammo storage by some gun shops and citizens. This sour image and a few advocating firearms at the ready all over the house is what is driving the 90% that want the gun show checks. Regular citizens think you and the politicians are nuts. If the NRA continues to be thought of as an adversary of non-firearms citizens and "in their face" with conceal carry kick tail talk, paranoia about confiscation and a firearms free for all appearance at gun shows, what is a non-firearms citizen to think? It won't be Mary Poppins or you and your kid out hunting squirrels that comes to mind that is for sure. So you don't care? You should. The NRA has changed
ciaman: "Bare" arms are neither a right nor likely to strike fear into an enemy. Trust me on this.
NRA is an industry group which has the sole purpose of boosting product sales. Their manufactured "controversy" is both predictable and effective. I wonder how many of these attendees who claim to hold the Constitution so dear could actually name any of the other Amendments? One things for certain, if any of the founding fathers came back and saw how the Constitution was being used, they'd never stop throwing up.
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