Is the NRA America’s Number One Enemy?

Here is a sad but true fact about the U.S. In large part, thanks to the gun manufactures lobby, the NRA and their supporters, in the last 50 years more Americans have been killed by gun violence than in ALL the wars the U.S. has ever fought. Unregulated gun laws is not the “Cost of Freedom” when  nearly one million four hundred thousand Americans loose their most precious freedom, the freedom to live. The rightwing wants the right to deny others of their rights

It was the NRA that worked vociferously in congress, making large contributions to key members of both the House and Senate, to cut off funding to study by the Center for Disease Control on gun violence. Each year, the NRA hires nearly 30 professional lobbyists and spends nearly $3 million to buy off elected officials. And their efforts have paid off. Since 1997, appropriation bills have stated, “None of the funds in whole or in part made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”  In 2012, congress expanded restrictions on gun research to include Health and Human Services agencies. That ended this year when President Obama issued a memorandum lifting the CDC’s freeze on gun research

As expected, within hours of the recent Washington Navy Yard shootings, Fox News and other mainstream rightwing media propaganda smear machines immediately called the military installation a “gun free zone”.  The fact that there were both armed military personal and local police at the scene of the shooting didn’t deter the propagandist from making this absurdly false claim, in order to promote the NRA talking points.

In spite of the NRA deceptive rhetoric, which has been adopted by many on the right, in the last 30 years, there has never been an incident in which an armed civilian stopped a mass shooting. In addition, research has shown only a small number of mass shootings actually occurred in gun free zones.

The other main NRA/gun manufacturers/rightwings talking-points suggests that the more people arm themselves the less likely these mass killers will get away with multiple killings. However, the NRA’s b.s. is not supported by research. According to recent study on the relationship between gun ownership and gun violence by the American Public Health Association “Gun ownership was a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates (incidence rate ratio = 1.009; 95% confidence interval = 1.004, 1.014). This model indicated that for each percentage point increase in gun ownership, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9%. Conclusions. We observed a robust correlation between higher levels of gun ownership and higher firearm homicide rates. Although we could not determine causation, we found that states with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides.”

It is only common sense that states/cities, towns, communities with higher gun ownership rates have higher gun violence. But don’t tell that to the insane rightwing Teabagging NRA supporters. Facts, public support, or common sense never gets in their way. That is how, in spite of the fact that polls showed over 91% of Americans called for federal laws requiring stronger background checks for purchasing a weapon, the NRA and their nutcase supports attacked congressional representatives with angry email falsely asserting imaginary unlimited Constitutional rights to own whatever weapon they please without any government oversight.

It is out of this campaign of political lobbying and intimidating rhetoric from the NRA and their supporters our nation seems paralyzed by the thugs that wage war on our streets and commit the most heinous crimes of mass shootings. There is no organization that has contributed more to the killing of innocent Americans than the NRA, a mafia of gun manufacturers and owners destroying America for ideology and profit.

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13 responses to “Is the NRA America’s Number One Enemy?

  1. I would reply, but there are just too many lies on this page to be worth the trouble. The only people who will read this crap and believe it already believed it before they arrived.

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

    • It is obvious the lkw2431 is an internet troll and a rightwing propagandist. Exactly the kind of NRA thug I mention in the article. Unable to debate the facts provided in this article, lwk rather relies on a personal attack. Had the cowardly lwk actually clinked on the links this article provides, he would have learned that each of the key talking points in this article is supported by non-partisan facts checking and established authoritative sources. Ignorant trolls like lwk are the worst kind of rightwing propagandists. They foolishly believe that if that hurl enough insults at their political opponents they will shut them up and prevent people from actually learning the facts. In reality, they are the lowest of the low. lwk should have named his blogsite free2beanahole.wordpress.com.

  2. lwk, If you are unable to make an intelligent comment relating to the article and resort to childish name calling, then you are just being a douchebag. As for your suggestion that the big pharma industry is also harmful to our society, I would agree. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the NRA has spent tens of millions of dollars to buy government officials in order to promote policies that have resulted in the killing of more than 1,400,000 Americans in the last 50 years. All the while the gun manufacturing industry is prospering generously from their policies that kill Americans. Nor does it change the fact that states/communities with higher gun ownership have high rates of gun violence. In spite of the actual lies the NRA and Teabaggers repeatedly push on Americans. Shame on you for being a douchebag troll and shame on you for promoting the NRA’s propaganda. Finally, stop using my comment thread to promote your blogsite. That is also a douchebaggy thing to do.

    • “If you are unable to make an intelligent comment relating to the article and resort to childish name calling,”

      I think I called your stuff “crap” but don’t recollect calling you a name, childish or otherwise.

      “However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the NRA has spent tens of millions of dollars to buy government officials …”

      Actually I don’t think they bought anyone (with money). If they bought them in any sense it was by pointing out to Congress Critters how easily they could lose their job. I call that “democracy.”

      “All the while the gun manufacturing industry is prospering generously …”

      Actually they are not nearly as profitable as you think. The legal drug industry makes 100x more in profits every year (and has a lot more money to buy Congress Critters). Hell, the fast food industry spends 10x more in advertising every year than the personal firearms industry makes in profits every year. See this for more info on drugs:

      Guns And Drugs
      http://free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/guns-and-drugs/

      “Nor does it change the fact that states/communities with higher gun ownership have high rates of gun violence.”

      You should restate that more accurately. Areas like Chicago and Washington D.C. and New Orleans with very high levels of illegal gun ownership, gangs, and illegal drug trafficking have the problem.

      Areas, like my little town in Texas with incredibly high levels of legal gun ownership typically has 0 per 100K homicides per year, albeit the Liberal controlled city of Austin not far away has a lot more.

      “Finally, stop using my comment thread to promote your blogsite.”

      Sorry, but usually it is usually easier to point to something I have written before than rewrite the whole point over again. I will leave the “Guns And Drugs” one in this post and beg your indulgence. I think if you read it you will have additional perspectives and I did a fair amount of research to put it together.

      “Shame on you for being a douchebag troll and shame on you for promoting the NRA’s propaganda.”

      Over the years I have not 100% agreed with everything the NRA says. It is a political and special interest organization that is trying to meet what it sees as the desires of its members. You would probably have a better understanding of it if you would try not to see it as an evil ogre but instead try to understand who it represents what those people believe. Not saying agree, just understand, and not the facile understanding of many, but a real understanding.

      regards,

      lwk

      • lwk, Finally, at least you responded in a way that is civil and showed some netiquette. FYI calling someone work a “lie” and “crap” is name calling. It’s clear these concepts are still hard for you to comprehend.

        Your above comment is so far off from the truth, it is worthy of an entire article for me to respond. I’m actually doing that with another NRA supporter this weekend. Then I will respond to you in full.

        Just help me understand, If Texas gun laws are so great how come it is well above the national crime rate? How come, whether it is a liberal run local government or a conservative run local government every major and nearly all mid-size cities in Texas have higher than national average crime rates? http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/texas/#.UjzJkp3n_wo

        Also, how come liberal run states and cities, nation-wide, that have stricter gun laws also have lower gun violence? How come conservative run states with less restrictive gun laws have higher gun violence?

        http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1661390

        Oh, BTW, I don’t consider a corporatocry to be a democracy. I’ll get to that in my article.

        Nonetheless, I appreciate the more civil manner in your above comment.

        Regards,

        Dean

  3. OMG Dean… I am laughing so hard at your last comment response. Too funny. You make many awesome points here. I am definitely for background checks… hell maybe even psychiatric evaluations 😉

  4. “Just help me understand, If Texas gun laws are so great how come it is well above the national crime rate?”

    Personally I think that state level comparisons are not granular enough. Look at Illinois for example. Chicago is bad. Most of the rest of the state is not at all that bad. Average them out and in 2011 at Illinois is at 5.6 per 100k for murder. Most of Illinois is a lot safer than that.

    Texas is at 4.4. D.C. is at 17.5 although in reality that is not a state, but more like a city and that is representative of the fact that the real hotbeds of violence are inner cities.

    Montana is 2.8 and I am pretty that Monantans are fairly heavily armed.

    Texas has Houston and Dallas (9.2 and 10.9). But then El Paso at 2.4 right across from a very violent city in Mexico. I live near Austin at 3.5 but my city is usually 0.

    Texas has a lot of issues including illegal immigrants, a border with Mexico, drug trafficking, Mexican drug cartels, and yet many places in Texas are very, very safe (and with very high gun density per person).

    So bottom line is I think state by state may not be the best way to make comparisons. Rural/non-rural, inner city, socio-economic levels are probably more meaningful.

    Over and over again though I think you will find inner cities to be the place where illegal guns and a predominance of gun violence.

    see:

    Crime Rate by State, 2011
    http://www.infoplease.com/us/statistics/crime-rate-state.html

    United States cities by crime rate
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate

    Not sure either above are best sources btw, just ones I found to get some useful data.

    lwk

    • Should probably mention New Orleans while we are at it. Homicide rate per 100k of 57.6.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate

    • lwk, those sources are just fine. For the most part, local gun laws have less effect than state gun laws. That’s why cities like Chicago can do little about gun sales when right across the county line guns laws are extremely relaxed. Therefore, it is the state laws that have the greatest impact on the gun rates throughout the state (including both rural and urban areas).

      Additionally, as mentioned in the above article, the American Public Health Association study determined “Gun ownership was a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates (incidence rate ratio = 1.009; 95% confidence interval = 1.004, 1.014). This model indicated that for each percentage point increase in gun ownership, the firearm homicide rate increase by 0.9%.”

      That doesn’t even address the relationship between gun ownership and suicide and accidental deaths.

      These facts are neither “lies” or “crap”. They come from two authoritative non-partisan studies.

      • deanwalker wrote:

        “That’s why cities like Chicago can do little about gun sales when right across the county line guns laws are extremely relaxed.”

        I have lived in Chicago and am intimately familiar with many of its issues.

        So you actually think that if Indiana and other areas around Chicago really tightened up that suddenly the south side of Chicago would become a peaceful enclave? People in Chicago don’t have the least problem getting illegal drugs. If you could somehow really tighten up gun availability so there weren’t as many domestic sources of guns then the Mexican Drug Cartel would branch and into guns and supply them. Probably the Taurus factory in Brazil would be humming like a fine watch.

        “the American Public Health Association study determined “Gun ownership was a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates…”

        This is the new study that is being touted recently, right? We had Dr. Kellerman in the past who was totally debunked. I will wait to see what Kleck and some others say once they look at the methodology and the data (if the researchers will release the data. It took quite a while to get Kellerman’s data which tumbled his house of cards). We’ll see.

        regards,

        lwk

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