07 May 2013

Are NRA Members One Step Away From A KKK Rally?

This is a follow up to my previous post about Kevin Levin's rant against the new NRA president and NRA members. The video below is an excerpt from a speech by NRA's Executive VP and spokesman, Wayne LaPierre. I post it as a second response to Levin's post, and the comments that followed, suggesting NRA members who are concerned over the threat of tyranny (which is the basis for our Bill of Rights) and who jokingly refer to the Civil War as "the War of Northern Aggression" are "bats**t crazy." In one of the follow up comments, Levin called down a reader for saying "An unarmed citizen is a slave," yet apparently had no problem with another reader who suggested that the NRA folks are "one step away from a big old fashioned KKK rally." Wow.

This demonstrates how absolutely out of touch Levin and his elitists friends in academia really are. The NRA is 5 million strong and growing. I called the NRA yesterday to discuss upgrading my membership to lifetime status. I was told the switchboard was overloaded and I'd have a very long wait. The nice lady on the phone recommended I call back in a day or two. Poetic justice is the sweetest of all. By the way, this year's convention set a new record for attendees - more than 86,000 - almost 15,000 more than last year. I hope these out of touch elites keep on running their mouths.

If you really want to see who fills the membership rolls of the National Rifle Association, start watching the video below at about the 6:40 mark.


EJ DAgrosa (HBG) said...

The fact that Levin chose to use the language that he did, "bat----" is telling of the type of "historian" that he is. When one of his readers brought this up, he replied that he only uses this language on certain occasions that warrant it, and told the reader to basically loosen up. But, in truth, a serious historian would never use that type of language in a post under any circumstances. I suppose it could be deemed a matter of taste, but as for me a Blog and its author loses a tad bit of credibility when they resort to stuff like that.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Believe it or not, he's actually toned it down a bit from his early years. That kind of language was rather common on his blog then. I think he's toned it down a bit since the Library of Congress is cataloging his posts. The language is one thing, the fact he considers the comments worthy of the criticism is much more revealing. But it's part of his agenda. That's fine, but don't pretend you're just being an objective historian.

Anonymous said...

It is understandable why many folks are upset about this topic as something is definitely wrong here...

A 3-year-old Florida boy fatally shot himself Tuesday using a gun he found in the bedroom that he shared with his uncle.

Also on Tuesday, a 7-year-old boy in northeast Houston was shot by his 5-year-old brother when their mother stepped away while the boys bathed. The older boy is expected to recover.

On Saturday, a 13-year-old boy shot his 6-year-old sister with a handgun they found in their Florida home. The girl was in critical but stable condition.

On April 30, a 5-year-old boy in Kentucky accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister while playing with a .22-caliber rifle given to him as a gift.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - actually, it's not "many folks" - its ruling class elites pushing an agenda. These were 2011 stats from the CDC for leading causes of death in children, 5-9:

All Deaths 3018 3018 100.00%
1 Unintentional Injury 1176 38.97%
* Motor Vehicle Traffic 621 20.58%
* Drowning 159 5.27%
* Fire/burn 153 5.07%
* Suffocation 40 1.33%
* Other Land Transport 33 1.09%
* Pedestrian, Other 27 0.89%
* Struck by or Against 20 0.66%
* Unspecified 20 0.66%
* Fall 18 0.60%
* Other Spec., classifiable 17 0.56%
* Poisoning 15 0.50%
* Firearm 14 0.46%

As you can see, firearms are miniscule in comparison to other causes. Drowning and motor vehicles are way ahead. Should we ban swimming and pools and automobiles?

Again, the gun control argument does not have the facts nor logic on its side. It's primarily driven by emotion.

Thanks for the comment.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BTW, you can slice and dice those numbers any way you want and the results will vary little. The exceptions where gun violence creeps up the scale is in places like DC and Chicago where gun control laws are the strictest and where leftists run things with no checks or balances.

Again, the gun control argument loses. It's not even debatable.

ropelight said...

I met a few KKK members in passing back when the public schools in my hometown were first integrated. Up to the 9th grade schools had been rigidly segregated by race.

Then when the first black students enrolled in previously all white schools loud and threatening protests erupted. For the first few weeks students of both races had to pass through scary picket lines peppered with costumed Kluckers to reach the safety of the schoolhouse.

Newspapers reported the demonstrations were organized by local Democrat politicians which wasn't news at all, everyone already knew that.

Michael Bradley said...

Actually, bats**** is rather valuable stuff. It is called, in polite society, guano and is excellent fertilizer with a high nitrite content. Josiah Gorgas, from Pennsylvania, used guano to extract nitrite to make gunpowder for the Confederacy.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Professor Bradley - good to hear from you. I didn't know that about guano - thanks! I suppose when they fired their muskets, the shot came out like a bat out of hell?


ropelight said...

Would Kevin Levin be so quick to call down one of the founders of the Black Panther Party? Huey Newton said, "unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment."

But, maybe Kevin's not up on recent history, so here's the same general construction published in Britain's Political Disquisitions in 1774: possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave.

Nor must one be familiar with European history, American Founder, George Mason (Father of the Bill of Rights) held the same opinion, he strongly supported the right of free citizens to keep and bear arms because disarming the people, "was the best and most efficient way to enslave them."

The fact that some men are forbidden arms and that others need no permission to arm themselves has always been the quickest and most obvious way to distinguish between slaves and free men. I don't know what's worse, not knowing that, or pretending it isn't so.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Rope - Anyone who spends any time reading Kevin's blog (as I've done for some time now), will quickly realize what he's about. I don't have a problem with that, except for the fact he denies it and says anyone who disagrees with him is guilty of politicizing history - which is what he does. What I find so entertaining is that he, along with his associates in academia, actually believe most folks don't realize it. They are extremely naive.