The NRA has once and for all declared itself on the side of lawlessness.
How so? The NRA supports the status quo when it comes to mandatory background checks for owning firearms. The status quo is that 40% of all guns purchased have no background check run on the purchaser. This has been labeled the "gun show loophole."
40% makes for a rather large loophole. The fact remains that society has no idea who owns....or if they even should own.....40% of the guns sold in America. The NRA wants to keep it that way. The NRA doesn't want government or law enforcement, apparently, to be able to track guns potentially to be used in criminal activities. In doing so, the NRA is advocating for lawlessness.
A former president of the National Rifle Association said Thursday that the gun lobby reversed its support for universal background checks because the check system doesn't work well enough.
"Yes, the NRA has changed its position," Sandy Froman, the organization's former president, told CNN. "And the reason its changed its position is because the system doesn't work. The [background check system] is not working now. We have to get that working before we can add any more checks to that system." Froman was president of the NRA from 2005 to 2007 and currently sits on the board of directors.
NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre agrees.....
....when he was asked why he said in 1999 that expanded background checks were "reasonable," but fourteen years later is against them. LaPierre said the NRA opposes universal background checks because criminals "will never abide by them," and because the Obama administration has not prosecuted people who attempt to purchase guns, but are rejected.
You see, according to LaPierre, laws should only be written by government that criminals will abide by. Government, therefore, should actually inquire of the criminal community....I guess....before they pass any laws of any kind....because if criminals are not going to abide by the laws anyway.....why pass them? That's the NRA point of view.
Laws are meaningless...purposeless, except for punishing "law abiding taxpayers." Since laws are only for law abiding citizens, because criminals simply reject all laws, any and all laws written to rein in criminal activity are a total waste of time. Worse...laws actually punish good people, and so laws are a scourge on society. Why? Because criminals and would-be criminals won't obey those laws....only non-criminals will obey laws. The End.
As it currently stands, the National Rifle Association.....is in favor of ANYONE, a terrorist, just an average criminal, or a law-abiding citizen, being able to purchase a gun at a gun show or out of the back of someone's car trunk, or...anywhere....and authorities have no right to know about that transaction or who now owns that gun. That's what being against stronger background checks means. That's what lawlessness looks like in real life.
Perhaps the 4 out of 10 guns purchased in America without background checks being run on the purchaser are all being sold to criminals or would-be criminals. The NRA doesn't care....and the NRA doesn't want the government to even be able to find out. They want to keep things the way they are. The NRA would rather that 40% of the guns purchased in America be purchased by criminals, would-be mass murderers or terrorists....than to reinforce gun registration laws and eliminate background check loopholes.
That's the least a nation, even a nation totally enthralled by guns, could do to try to prevent future first graders from being slaughtered with military-style rifles. But the NRA will have none of it.
No wonder on the Sunday shows Paul Krugman called the NRA insane....
"What strikes me is we've actually gotten a glimpse into the mindset, though, of the pro-gun people and we've seen certainly Wayne LaPierre and some of these others. It's bizarre. They have this vision that we're living in a "Mad Max" movie and that nothing can be done about it, that America cannot manage unless everybody's prepared to shoot intruders, that -- the idea that we have a police force that provides public safety is somehow totally impractical, despite the fact that, you know, that is, in fact, the way we live.
..there are plenty of gun-owners who are fine. But the lobbying groups, the NRA, is now revealed as an insane organization.."
Insane may be a tad bit harsh....appropriate, but harsh. That's why I prefer "lawless."
The NRA is in favor of lawlessness. Of course the NRA will never admit to that. But...as far as the NRA is concerned laws should never be written because criminals will never abide by those laws. Without laws, law enforcement would be non-existent....and then everyone could just fend for themselves...which is the goal, the objective, of lawless lobbying outfits like the NRA.
Lawlessness equals more gun sales. And the NRA has no other purpose other than increasing gun sales.
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