Dear Gun-Grabbers: Please Try to Gaslight Better
Outside magazine has published another hilarious gaslighting article titled, “It’s Time for Hunters to Leave the NRA.” This is yet another attempt by an anti-Second Amendment writer to try to peel off members of America’s top gun rights organization through a divide-and-conquer methodology.
Gun-grabbers really used to be better at gaslighting, but fortunately for the gun rights movement, they’ve become a little unhinged in recent months. This makes it much easier to pick apart their “reasoned” arguments for “common sense gun control.”
The hunters-should-leave-the-NRA-because-it-has-cooties article is written by Wes Siler, the lifestyle editor for Outside magazine. He lives in Montana with his “partner” and has authored such illuminating pieces as “I Own 8 Guns and Still Hate the NRA” and “Why Are Outdoor Adventure Hubs So White?”
Siler argues that hunters — who make up half of all of the NRA’s 6-million members — should leave the NRA because it is *gasp* using politics to besmirch the beloved and time-honored tradition of hunting. He writes that the NRA “uses hunting as an excuse to pollute American politics with its toxic agenda.”
He notes that the NRA was super awesome in its early days (the 1800s), but then in 1934 the organization for some reason started dabbling in politics. Ignoring history and pretending things “just happened” for no apparent reason is a favorite trick of gun-grabbers. The NRA became involved in politics… just because! It just fell out of the sky, officer!
Actually, 1934 was the first year that the United States Congress passed a federal law banning an entire class of firearms. Prior to that, numerous states had infringed on the individual right to keep and bear arms, but the 1934 Firearms Act was the first time that Congress imposed a nationwide infringement on gun rights.
Gun-grabbing politicians seized on the isolated incidents of Mafia shootouts in Chicago to impose a nationwide ban on civilian ownership of some of the guns used by mobsters. Short-barreled rifles were among the firearms that were banned by Congress in the 1934 law. So, it is a huge mystery why an organization that has ‘Rifle’ in its name would get involved in politics.
One of Siler’s most hilarious claims in his article is that the NRA is sowing division and polarizing people. He presumably wrote this with a straight face as he was writing an article calling for HALF of the NRA’s members to leave the organization. You can’t fire him because he just quit!
Siler goes on to point out that the NRA formed a lobbying group in 1975 — again, for no apparent reason. Congress had passed the Gun Control Act of 1968 (an Act that the group “Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership” noted was extremely comparable to Hitler’s gun laws).
Shooting sports organizations — hunting organizations — were the primary groups that fought against passage of the GCA. American gun owners realized that a certain minority segment of the political class wanted to take away all firearms, including hunting rifles.
We can’t speak for the NRA in 1975, but we have no doubt that the federal laws restricting firearms ownership, which were doing nothing to reduce crime, played a role in the NRA’s decision to create a lobbying arm.
Mr. Siler’s biggest argument in favor of hunters ditching their NRA membership is the recent arrest of an alleged Russian “spy,” Maria Butina. Ms. Butina is a Russian national who is accused of trying to undermine the American electoral process by “infiltrating” the NRA and the National Prayer Breakfast. What? Why is everyone laughing?
The Butina farce is already unraveling because we now know that the accused Russian “spy” traveled to Washington, D.C. for meetings with Obama administration Treasury officials in 2015. She then proceeded to run around the country having her picture taken at events with anyone and everyone she could get close to who might run for president as a Republican in 2016, including Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Scott Walker. When it was widely believed that Scott Walker would be the frontrunner in 2016, Butina made sure to attend the official launch of his campaign.
The whole thing looks like an obvious set-up by the Obama administration to normal people, but to gun-grabbers like Siler, it is “evidence” that the NRA is involved in a conspiracy with Vladimir Putin. Therefore, according to Siler, all hunters should abandon the NRA.
Poor little gun-grabbers. You used to be so much better at gaslighting Americans. Please try to do better from now.
~ National Gun Network