Despicable. Shameful. Outrageous.
Until today I didn't think NRA executives could surprise me by acting more callous, tone-deaf, disrespectful, and unpatriotic than they've demonstrated in the past.
But now the NRA has put out a video insulting Obama and his daughters for using the Secret Service protection that has been uncontroversial in the past -- until the NRA decided that the best way to honor the deaths of twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School killed by an assault rifle is to pick on Sasha and Malia.
"Has the NRA lost it entirely?" asks Salon. Answer: absolutely.
It's fair game to target the president's daughters, says a gun lobby leader. Responsible gun owners should tear up their membership cards in the NRA and other like-organizations. Your dues are paying for crap like this video.
At the moment, the video has many more thumbs-down dislikes than thumbs-up likes. Excellent.
The NRA is its own worst enemy, because it is opposed to any and all efforts that would bring gun violence in this country down to levels in Canada, Australia, England, Germany, and other nations with cultures similar to ours, but with much stronger gun regulations.
One of the executive orders President Obama announced today would restore federal funding for research into the causes of gun violence. The NRA squashed this sort of research back in 1996, demonstrating how fearful it is of the truth.
If more guns are so great at protecting people, why is it that people are much more likely to die from gun violence (murder or suicide) if there is a gun in the home? The NRA is afraid Americans will learn the facts about guns.
Obama has put us on the path toward becoming a genuine culture of life by reducing the thousands of needless gun deaths that occur in this country every year because of lax regulation. Hopefully Congress will follow his lead.
Republicans should read an op-ed by John Howard, former center-right prime minister of Australia: "I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too." He oversaw the implementation of gun laws that banned assault weapons (bought them back, even) and instituted other regulations that worked.
In the end, we won the battle to change gun laws because there was majority support across Australia for banning certain weapons. And today, there is a wide consensus that our 1996 reforms not only reduced the gun-related homicide rate, but also the suicide rate. The Australian Institute of Criminology found that gun-related murders and suicides fell sharply after 1996.
The American Journal of Law and Economics found that our gun buyback scheme cut firearm suicides by 74 percent. In the 18 years before the 1996 reforms, Australia suffered 13 gun massacres — each with more than four victims — causing a total of 102 deaths. There has not been a single massacre in that category since 1996.
Few Australians would deny that their country is safer today as a consequence of gun control.