The NRA: Old-fashioned anarchists

| January 03, 2013
A Bushmaster semi-automatic .223 rifle, reportedly of the type used by both Adam Lanza and William Spengler.
A Bushmaster semi-automatic .223 rifle, reportedly of the type used by both Adam Lanza and William Spengler.

[Editor’s Note: Over the course of the last year, CL has run occasional columns from Florida Voices, an online compendium of news and opinion that was co-founded by former Tampa Tribune editorial page editor (and current Sun Sentinel editorial page editor) Rosemary Goudreau. Following the shootings at Sandy Hook and the stunningly tone-deaf response from the NRA, it occurred to me that the columnists at Florida Voices, which calls itself “the state opinion page,” might have something cogent to say on the subject. And boy, did they. Miami employment lawyer and former New York Times reporter Angelo Castillo, Jr. says it’s time to amend the Second Amendment; Mary Jo Melone, eloquent as always, addresses both the inadequacy and the power of words in the wake of Newtown; and young conservative activist Jesse Phillips says that “President Barak [sic] Obama” and his fellow liberals are “bumbling, ignorant prohibitionists” when it comes to guns. But the FV column that struck me the most was by Martin Dyckman, retired associate editor of the paper formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times. His essay is at once incendiary — “anarchist” is a loaded word — and enlightening. And here it is.]

Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids will we kill today?

We tend to think of anarchists in America as relics of the past, caricatured as bearded fanatics throwing bombs, worthy of no attention except at the hands of the law.

This is a grave misperception. Anarchism — defined as a fundamental hostility to government — is stronger in America now than ever before. It is something to be taken very seriously.

There’s a lot of it in the Tea Party and among the libertarians, especially wealthy ones like the Koch brothers, who spend heavily to get government off their backs.

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax lobbyist who has boasted that he wants to make the government small enough “to drown it in a bathtub,” is every bit an anarchist.

And so it is fitting that Norquist sits on the board of the National Rifle Association, whose anarchistic principles have contributed to infinitely more bloodshed than the Haymarket rioters ever intended or imagined.

Not so many years ago, the NRA was a moderate force, focused primarily on firearms training and safety, having been founded to ensure that the country would not again go to war, as it had in 1861, with many inductees not knowing the difference between a musket and a broomstick, literally unable to hit the broad side of a barn.

The NRA could be reasonable with respect to regulation of weapons, like machine guns, that have no place in hunting or self-defense.

But the moderate leadership was overthrown, likely with significant help from arms manufacturers and sellers — the merchants of death. There is no longer any reasoning with the NRA, not even after a succession of ghastly tragedies perpetrated with semi-automatic weapons that have no necessary purpose except for the police and the military. Stockton. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Tucson. Aurora.

And now, despite the massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the NRA is still obdurate against anything that might keep assault weapons out of the wrong hands. It opposes even something so moderate as a ban on 30-round magazines.

It admits to a need for nothing except more guns — specifically on the persons of police officers to be stationed in all 98,000 American schools.

At public expense. Cut from budgets elsewhere. No new taxes.  That must have been Norquist’s contribution to the scheme.

Trouble is, there was an armed police officer at Columbine High School. The killers knew that, and evaded him. The next mass killers would either do the same or make the cops their first targets, just as ex-con William Spengler did near Webster, N.Y., on Christmas Eve in luring firefighters into an ambush — killing two and wounding two — where he lay in wait armed with a Bushmaster assault rifle just like the one that was used to massacre the children of Newtown.

The NRA’s avoidance of the underlying issues is simply insane. But beyond that, it’s also inconsistent, not to say hypocritical. All along, the NRA has argued that government can’t protect its citizens, who must be free to arm themselves. The truth is, it hasn’t wanted the government to protect the citizens, because that would interfere with its basic philosophy and its service to the merchants of death.

Now, however, the NRA says it wants the government to protect at least some of its citizens to a greater extent than before. But only on the NRA’s demonic terms.

A parable is told of a young man who killed his parents and then pleaded to the court for mercy because he was an orphan. It serves to explain the meaning of sheer, undiluted gall.

The NRA gall now transcends even that.

The difference is that it’s fact, not fiction.

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I tend to think that American anarchists in the relics of the past, the irony bearded fanatics threw a bomb, it is worth not attach importance to, in addition to the law in the hands of the other gate valve

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Posted by sdfsd on 01/03/2013 at 10:12 AM

obviously the writer is close-minded and ignorant of the NRA and guns in general.
doesn't matter what the capacity of a gun magazine is...it takes less than 2 seconds to swap an empty mag for a loaded one and with a pocket full of low capacity mags you have the same fire power.
lunatics are going to find a way to accomplish their mission with or without guns/weapons/bombs, with or without security, with or without the constitutional right

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Posted by pltctytc on 01/03/2013 at 9:33 PM

Background: I grew up in Columbus MS, a town of about 25,000 in the northeast corner of an agricultural state. Starting first grade in 1945 and graduating in 1957, it was the Jim Crow era and that’s all I knew. However, I joined the Army a month later and was transported into a totally different world and had to unlearn some things while learning new ways. Retiring in 1978 after living 16 years overseas in nine countries (including war time Vietnam) and spending time in 21 more, I moved to Tampa and graduated from USF in 1983.

The first high school class reunion happened while I lived in Turkey but I’ve attended the rest of them at five year intervals. They’ve always been pleasant I’ve looked forward to them.

Now, the purpose of this long “letter” is to provide some insight, via the email exchanges below, to “down home” Tea Party rhetoric from a classmate who never left Columbus. I started it after Newton because I was furious.
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Email #1 I wrote and sent to most of my email list including some from the Class of 57:


I tried to email the following to the NRA but their web site would not accept it so I sent it to the Times and Trib. As a US Army retiree and Vietnam Vet, I know weapons. America needs less of them, not more.
Doug
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Regarding the Newtown slaughter, other similar tragedies and the Second Amendment, understanding historical perspective will help solve current problems. Over 200 years ago the concept of “arms” was a single shot musket. Today, “arms” range from derringers to huge assault rifles and everything in between. The Founding Fathers’ definition does not fit our modern definition and is no longer adequate.

Our Constitution should be a living document that adapts to changing situations, not a static piece of parchment used for selfish and greedy purposes.

The weapons manufacturers and their NRA lackeys know this. But their money buys hypocritical puppets like LaPierre who naturally want MORE assault weapons instead of less. Profits are more important than people.

The single word “arms” and its alternative “guns” should be replaced with a modern definition that categorizes their lethality, enables some controls and makes us a safer nation. “Arms” are no longer used against the British but are against each other.


(Email reply from one of the Class of 57 who Ccd several other classmates still living in Columbus)


Doug,
I can't believe you want our weapons taken from us. I know you think they can start with a few until we finally get back to the musket but all other countries have more than the musket now. I WANT YOU TO BE THE ONE OUT FRONT THROWING ROCKS AT NORTH KOREA AND IRAN WHEN THEY ARE COMING AT THE US TAKING US OVER WITH OUR OWN GUNS TAKEN FROM US RIDING IN OUR TANKS AND OUR HEAVY ARTILLERY WEAPONS. I HOPE YOU CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH ROCKS TO SAVE AMERICA AND PROTECT US, OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. DRUNK DRIVING CAR ACCIDENTS, BUS ACCIDENTS, AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS ARE TAKING MANY, MANY MORE LIVES THAN OUR GUNS. IT IS THE SICK ON DRUG GOONIES BEING SUBJECTED TO THESE WEIRD VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENT MOVIES, NOT THE GUNS YOU ARE SUGGESTING THEY BAN THAT ARE KILLING FAR LESS PEOPLE THAN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEATHS EACH YEAR. ALMOST EVERYONE OF THESE, AND MAYBE ALL ARE CARRIED OUT BY SICKOS THAT WIND UP KILLING THEMSELVES. NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THESE GUNS WENT OUT AND KILLED SOMEONE BY THEMSELVES!. IF YOU BAN THE GUNS, I SUPPOSE THEY WILL HAVE TO ROB AND STEAL YOUR ROCKS TO CARRY OUT THEIR VIOLENT ACTS. AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THESE VIOLENT VIDEOS AND MOVIES AND TAKE THESE CRAZY DRUGS, THEY WILL PROBABLY RESORT TO KNIVES. THEN YOU CAN GO FOR BANNING KNIVES. BUT YOU CAN STILL DEFEND YOUR FAMILY WITH ROCKS. JUST LOOK AT THESE FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE HAD THEIR WEAPONS BANNED. THEY CAN BE TAKEN OVER ANYTIME BY WHOEVER WANTS TO TAKE THEIR COUNTRY AND THE POOR HARDWORKING CITIZENS CAN'T DO ONE THING ABOUT IT. HARD TO STOP A TANK, HAND GRENADE OR BULLET WITH YOUR ROCK. NO ONE DARES TRY TAKING OVER THE USA AS LONG AS WE HAVE OUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS BUT IF IT WERE TO EVER COME TO THE POINT PEOPLE LIKE YOU HAVE THEIR WAY, AND WE HAVE NO GUNS TO PROTECT OURSELVES THAN GET YOUR ROCKS DOUG AND GET OUT FRONT CAUSE I WANT TO SEE HOW LONG YOU LAST PROTECTING YOUR LOVED ONES. GOD BLESS YOU! I STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRAY FOR YOU.
Take Care
Dan
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Sent: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:01:14 PM
Subject: Fwd: Intimidation: NY Newspaper Publishes Gun Permit Holders
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Today, the Journal News in upstate New York, owned by Gannett, published the names and addresses of all gun permit holders in the Westchester and Rockland county areas of New York. The Journal News said: The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders ...

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(My reply to him)

Dan, sadly, your missive lacks a single original thought and merely reiterates a fixed position created by others. In other words, a perfect Tea Party follower and puppet.

Regarding weapons, I fired them ranging from a snub-nosed .38 drawn from a shoulder holster up to a 50 cal anti-aircraft gun and all in between including machine guns, fully automatic rifles and almost every handgun the Army had in my era.

I don't know if anyone has ever tried to kill you in several different ways over a period of 15 months or how many dead people you’ve seen up close. I don't know if you've spent 16 years overseas living in nine countries, spent time in 21 more for a total of 30 countries and learned five languages. I don't know if you spent 20 years in the military, then graduated from a university and was a single parent for ten years who never owned a TV but did play sports. I don't know if you can still run a 5K foot race in 36 minutes and 40 seconds - but I did eleven days ago.

If you had experienced any or all of the above, maybe your ideas would be different. Maybe you could even think for yourself!!

America has never been invaded so guns are not used against foreign enemies. Guns are used against each other. America has 300 millions guns now but the manufacturers want to sell even more. That is greed, the same greed cigarette makers showed by manufacturing lethal products and claiming they were not.

Obviously, you don't see that. Your view is bottom up, not top down. Repeating a mantra is useless; thinking about a problem is required. Working for constructive change is honorable, obstructing progress upon demand by the NRA is simply a being a follower, not a leader.

So I'm asking you to pray for yourself because I'm a free thinker, non-ideologue, independent and very happy man. Unfortunately, you’re stuck in the mud.


Regards,

Doug


( his reply)

Doug, I expected crap like this from you! What has all of your past history got to do with banning guns in this Great Country. It appears the entire time you were serving our great Country, you had all these wepons to protect (WHO), you from the enemy. You didn't want them banned then. I don't subscribe to any of the materials you spoke of and not even a member of the NRA! As far as being a follower, I had much rather be a True American Patriot following all my trustworthy Patriots being able and protecting this Great Nation than to be the sort of leader you claim to be. A 70+ year old man (and I don't care what kind of shape you are in), as the old saying goes, you would be the last person to be chosen on any team! And for good reason, you better be in good shape because trying to run with a pocket full of rocks would make you about as useless as tits on a bull. You can call me what you want to but all our Class Mates and Friends you are sending your ideas to are like me, FED UP WITH IT! You can take Polosi, Reid , Barney and all their cronies trying to ban weapons in the US and take your pocket full of rocks and march the streets and be laughed at (CAUSE IT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN) TRUE AMERICANS THAT LOVE OUR COUNTRY WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN. STILL PRAYING FOR YOU DOUG.
TAKE CARE
DAN



(my reply)
The point about my 25 years of 5K and 10K racing is the self-discipline and hundreds of training miles that enables competition, concentration and perspective about what is and is not really important.

Basically, regarding weapons (known as “arms” and “guns”), I advocate categorizing and licensing them to qualified individuals. Like vehicles and other lethal objects, the owners should be responsible and accountable. Weapons are only hardware and just like computers need software in the form of ammunition. That should only be produced for hunting or target practice, not in large clips holding multiple rounds.

What target or animal requires that firepower? If a hunter can’t hit it with a few shots it deserves to go undamaged.

Obviously, the latest tragic series of bullets fired from automatic weapons using large clips into innocent children does not affect you and your ilk. Absent those weapons of mass destruction, how could one kill so many?

You think our nation’s Founding Fathers would be proud of us? Do you really believe a single phrase “the right to bear arms” written hundreds of years ago is worth blindly following now that we have 300 million weapons floating around America? Did you ever consider that maybe the greedy gun manufacturers have something to do with our current situation?

In conclusion, I fully realize that I will no longer be welcome at our class reunions and fully accept that. I ask you to just remain in your narrow-minded and negative little world because it leaves the rest of us with more comfort and freedom.

Keep your guns there because we don’t need you here.

Ciao,

Doug


(his reply)

Doug,
I am sure, because of your short slightness, you will not be able to comprehend this but maybe some visions will pop into your head that you can remember. As you can see, the corrupt Government takes this step by step. They are putting the blame on the assault weapons to get started because that is where you and your cronies can help them most. This kid in CT could have taken one 12 gage shotgun with one box of 12 shells and done more damage than he did. This kid was mentally ill and stayed in his home all day every day playing a video game that taught him how to do everything he did. When his Mother decided to commit him for help, he decided to carry out what he had learned. He could have shot her with a pistol and carried a shotgun to the school to carry out the rest.
So the plan has to be, make the assault weapons illegal first. Then select the next class, and the third until all classes of weapons are illegal to own. Do you think Japan or anyone would be afraid to attack us then, except you with all your rocks. All of these killings are by crazy people that kill themselves too. You are still blaming the guns! The Government should concentrate heavily on doing whatever can be done to help these sick people and get them taken care of to the point they can't go do things like this. UNTIL THE LAST GUN IS BANNED YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP THESE KILLINGS UNTIL THE PEOPLE DOING THESE KILLINGS ARE TAKEN CARE OF TO THE POINT THEY CAN'T GET OUT AND GO DO THIS, AND TAKE THESE DAMN VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENT KILLING MOVIES OFF THE MARKET THAT GIVE THEM THE IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE AND TEACH THEM TO CARRY OUT THE KILLINGS. The sad thing about this is, you cannot let yourself see what our leaders of today are trying to do to our GREAT Country by using such a motive to do it. Knowing weapons like you do, you should be the first to know what is going on. THIS IS WHAT CONCERNS ME ABOUT YOU!.
Take care Doug, I will continue to pray that you will wake up!
Dan


(my reply)

I’ve carefully read your arguments, thought about them, took some time to organize my position on the issues and here’s my final thoughts. I’ll read your rebuttal and then this will be over.

Naturally, it hurts realizing I’ll not be welcome in 2017 because you and others are tired of my “crap.”

Using the phrases “Great Country” and “corrupt government” in the same paragraph is an oxymoron and implies paranoia.

Secret agents are not knocking on your door. Foreign armies are not at our shores. It’s been over 250 years since an American weapon killed a foreign invader and now these weapons are only used against each other.

We have a very expensive military force protecting us from invasion so personal weapons are not needed for that reason. Our government doesn’t have any grand scheme to “take your guns away.” That’s propaganda, but you believe it.

Our government does need to regulate the lethality, ownership and responsibility of certain classes of weapons and ammunition. You don’t need a banana clip to kill a deer.

Gun manufactures make thousands of weapons every day and need buyers. They fight regulation because their revenue would shrink. The NRA is their shill and the antiquidated Second Admendant phrase “right to bear arms” is their dogma. Profits before people. Chaos creates sales.

Our government is not corrupt compared to the vast majority of nations. I lived three years in the Philippines and two years in Costa Rica – and THEY are corrupt. I lived three years in Turkey and they are not corrupt but are BRUTAL. Overall, we have the best system in the world but we’re far from perfect and the insane proliferation of lethal weapons is a blight we need to deal with.

Frankly, “believing” what others tell you instead of "thinking" for yourself creates a very small box. I live in a much bigger world. You’re welcome here but without the dogma and the guns.

Your turn.

Doug


(his reply)

One more try Doug then I am going to deprive you of the attention it appears you so badly need. First of all, I would like to thank you for allowing me to continue living in our Great USA and so blessed with our Freedoms to do so. It is so sad to see so many of our freedoms being taken away from us almost on a daily basis. Only one Person complain and no more Prayer in our schools, no more Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, In God We Trust being taken off our Money and no more Merry Christmas. Now Doug Hicks wants to take away our Freedom to Bear Arms You don't even know the difference between bearing arms and deer hunting. No hunter takes a weapon with a clip hunting any kind of animal. Most hunters carry a a 243 or 30/06 with a scope depending on what they are hunting. They may even carry a small pistol to shoot snakes. All other weapons are kept in their homes to protect their family as the second amendment allows them to do. If you read the new Feinstein bill being proposed to ban weapons, you will be more able to see where this is going (or probably not in your case) You don't even know the difference between SUPPLY and DEMAND. The makers of all weapons can't even attempt to keep up with the DEMAND in the United States for these Weapons and ammunition. Wake up Doug! I am giving you way more attention than you deserve. You would be of more help if you started the drafting of a new bill to STOP Mothers from throwing their Babies out with the bath water. I am going to send you one more e-mail that should help you understand what people like you are trying to do to our GREAT COUNTRY. I would like for everyone to see your reply to me after you also read the e-mail that is to follow. AFTER THAT, SAVE YOUR TIME, I DON'T NEED YOUR ENTERTAINMENT.

Still praying for you!
Dan



(my reply)

Sadly, your last email is full of negatives, anger and paranoia toward “the government” although you don’t specify if it’s local, state or Federal.

It must be tough living in fear.

Your sentences are rhetorical, repetitive and lack a scintilla of original thinking.

So you stay in your tiny little pea patch and I won’t bother you or anyone else in the Class of 57 with my “crap.”

You win!!

Ciao,

Doug

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Posted by Doug on 01/05/2013 at 3:19 PM

Anarchy is good. It's been demonized in the media. We are conditioned from birth to think we need government. We don't. Government is evil. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Government must go or we will wake up one day not only as mental and financial slaves but living on fiefdoms as well. The rights are ours and I see no reason to share them with government and corporations whose only motive is profit. They don't know love. They lie. They steal. They kill. Everything taught in public education and higher learning is lies. Until humanity comes to grip with that and stops calling people who know the truth a bunch of conspiracy theorist we will make no progress toward our collective goal of re-uniting with God.

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Posted by Egregore on 01/06/2013 at 10:31 AM

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/01/07/china-labor-camps/1813677/

"Without defense lawyers or judicial review, "police can restrict citizens' personal freedom, and not just police but the whole government can use this kind of method to restrict the freedom of any people they feel may harm them and should be controlled, such as the Falungong," a banned spiritual group, he said."

http://www.examiner.com/article/woman-finds-note-from-chinese-labor-camp-prisoner-kmart-decorations


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/12/18/China-Demands-US-Citizens-Be-Disarmed

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Posted by Hoke on 01/07/2013 at 4:11 PM

Yeah I own guns/weapons, all kinds. BUT not an ASSAULT WEAPON. I have no need for it. I am also retired Military, well traveled and educated. We have no tyranny here like the above person called Dan(sheeple) in the long dialogue with Doug(who has an actual intellect). Some peoples narrow minded sheeple version of God is insulting to my intellect. The NRA's outright rape of the our constitutions 2nd amendment is a sin all to itself. I at one point was a lifetime member of the NRA. I rescinded my membership along with POTUS George W. Bush way back in the early 90's. The crackpot director of the NRA, La Pierre is a schill for the Gun/Weapon manufacturers, nothing more. The european gun manufacturers sell 75% of their weapons to the U.S. Do you not think that statistic is a little skewed? You gun mongers need to travel a little more and really visit a country that his a tyrannical corrupt ruling government. See what all the guns in Mexico have done for the war with the Narco Traficantes.

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Posted by Trucker John on 01/08/2013 at 7:28 AM

Nice rant, Marty. Like most Liberals you are long on name calling and short on facts. You are also woefully ignorant of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. I would expect nothing less from an obviously Liberal education. Your professors are proud of you.

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Posted by The Ugly Truth on 01/11/2013 at 9:28 PM

Excuse me, but yes we firearm owners are wary of too much government. We don't believe that the government should "make things right for parents" but that parents must make things right which is their responsibility.

A responsibility that the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter (may she rest in peace) neglected. She knew her son was troubled but left firearms in the home where he had access! She should have locked them away, including ammo, but she did not.

Does the inaction of that poor woman warrant the government taking over and dictating yet again?

Just wait ... Obama gets away with this and in a few years all guns will be confiscated because yet another evil person will use a firearm for the media to jump on and call for even more gun control ... resulting in nobody but police and military owning firearms.

Just try to manage the millions of firearms that are already in possession.

It will be Waco all over again (google "waco" kiddies because you most likely did not learn about it in school) ...

I"m just sayin' ...

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Posted by ImNotaWitch on 01/17/2013 at 9:03 AM

Doug, you may be right but what if the Obama regime restrict the number of magazines you can buy or possess? The green eyeshade louts will figure that out and posit that if high capacity mags are banned then the number of low capacity mags will also be dictated.

Just wait for it!

Give an inch ...

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Posted by ImNotaWitch on 01/17/2013 at 9:12 AM
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