The NRA is a lightning rod for vicious criticism every time a firearm is used to commit a violent act. Of course, it attracts no such attention from the left whenever a private citizen uses a firearm to prevent a crime or stop one in progress. Such is the extreme politicization of the issues surrounding our precious rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
The left may be hitting a new low after the horrific Florida massacre. As terrible as it was, the whole matter was exacerbated by the fact that it appears that armed law enforcement agents failed to stop it. Equally disturbing is evidence that the FBI utterly dropped the ball. This, when plenty of evidence was presented to them in advance of the crime that trouble was brewing. Without trying to add to the acrimonious debate surrounding this tragedy, one might observe that an armed citizen or two could have stopped or lessened a tragedy where professional law enforcement offices failed in spite of opportunities to do so.
Back to the matter at hand — that being the left’s assault on Second Amendment rights directed at the NRA.
A war of words has erupted between two Connecticut lawmakers and the National Rifle Association.
“The idea that the NRA should be recognized as a voice for gun safety is ridiculous,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday night.
Bronin firing back at the NRA, said the organization does more to oppose progress and prevent collaborative dialogue about gun safety than any other organization in the country.
The back and forth between the two started earlier this week when Bronin called on Connecticut lawmakers to rip any mention of the NRA out of state laws.
Right now, Connecticut residents who want to get a firearm permit needs to go through a basic safety training course and get certified. State law names NRA training as a valid course for firearms instruction.
The NRA is obviously well-prepared for these attacks.
NRA ILA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen, responded to Bronin’s call with the following statement:
“No organization in the world does more to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms than the NRA. The NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting course is the best training available for anyone seeking to carry a concealed firearm for self-protection. By eliminating the NRA training and standards for Connecticut’s permit holders, Mayor Bronin is putting politics above the safety of Connecticut citizens.”
The NRA said Connecticut is one of 15 states that recognizes NRA training.
The war of words only gets worse from there.
“If the NRA had its way we wouldn’t be permitting in the first place,” said Bronin, “this is an organization that opposes universal background checks despite the fact that overwhelming majority of Americans and even a large number of NRA members support universal background checks.
This fight isn’t just Bronin’s.
Malloy also came out Monday and agreed with Bronin’s call, even going on to say the NRA has developed into a “terrorist organization.”
“They act quite frankly in some cases as a terrorist organization,” said Malloy. “You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.”
The NRA a “terrorist organization?” This goes beyond just typical political hyperbole and enters the realm of the absurd. The idea that the typical NRA member would use his firearms in an act of terrorism or on behalf of a terrorist group such as ISIS is precisely the opposite of what anyone exercising reason instead of unrestrained emotion would conclude.
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