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Want To Make A Quick Buck? Let’s Start A New Gun Group.

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              Want the latest and dumbest scam to come out of Gun-nut Nation to promote guns?  It comes from a guy in Philadelphia, part hip-hop artist, part activist, part internet shyster and the founder of something called Black Guns Matter, which appears to be a website that sells – what else? – shirts, hoodies, hats, all the usual crap.

              The founder of this internet clothing boutique, Maj Toure, says that he’s promoting a ‘Solutionary Lifestyle’ which allows his group to “educate people in urban communities in all 50 states on their 2nd amendment rights and responsibilities through firearms training and education.”

              Along with his t-shirt shop, Toure has also tried to build a political career. The only problem is that even though he ran for an at-large seat in the Philadelphia City Council, running on the Libertarian line, he received one-half of one percent of the vote. Uhhh, he lost. He then got booted out of the Libertarian Party. So what?

              Toure appeared at the 2019 CPAC meeting and told the audience that he supported grass-roots movements against racism but that he didn’t like BLM because all they were doing was raising money for Democratic candidates and Democrats are, to put it bluntly, no good.

              Now Toure’s back at CPAC again at their 2021 CPAC meeting which was held in Texas this past weekend.  This time around, he talked about how gun control equals racism and since he’s opposed to racism, he’s going to fight against gun control.

              Spieling about how liberals are all racists if they support gun control has now landed Toure an occasional appearance on Fox News, where he challenges the Brothers and Sisters about guns, politics, and race. And better yet, he has raised over $400,000 on GoFundMe to support what he claims will be “a 50 state tour to continue informing urban communities–especially youth–about safe and legal firearms knowledge, conflict resolution, and the 2nd amendment.” Conflict resolution using a gun? That’s a good one.

            I’m going to start an organization called Liberals Against Gun Control, or LAGC. I’m going to put up a website, get a 501c3 designation from the IRS, hire a PR firm to book me on all the alt-right media channels and start getting ready to be interviewed on Fox News.

            There’s no question that I’ll get plenty of help from the liberal media which is always looking for a story about how guns attract people who shouldn’t be interested in guns. Last week the Washington Post ran a story about anti-gun Americans who are now buying guns which featured an interview with a couple of Black women who now own Glocks and AR-15’s. The story referenced a story about gun sales in The New York Times. The fact that the NYT story doubled the number of guns actually purchased last year, oh well, oh well.

            The more I think about it, the more I’m going to start my own gun-owning group. And I’m not just going to call it Liberals Against Gun Control, I’m going to call it Jewish Liberals Against Gun Control. There have to be at least three other Jews in the United States besides me who are against the Biden Administration’s effort to take away all our guns. And don’t forget that what happened to all the Jews in Nazi Germany after Hitler took away their guns.

            Could that happen here? Of course it could happen here!  Look at the 2020 election – stolen right out from under our noses. This sh*t has to stop!  Has to stop – right now!!

            Gotta come up with a logo for my new group. After all, I need a logo for my t-shirts and coffee cups that I’ll carry in my online store. Maybe I’ll put an AR-15 inside a Star of David. That’ll work.  How this?

              Perfect. Just perfect.  I’ll send it out right now to the t-shirt company. I’ll use the same outfit that Trump used to produce all his MAGA crap.

              America’s a wonderful country. Start something from nothing which means nothing and will do nothing and you can still make yourself a million bucks.

A New NRA Book That Everyone Should Read.

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              Want to read a clever, interesting, and unusually original book about guns? Try Firepower, How the NRA turned Gun Owners into a Political Force in American Politics, by Matthew Lacombe, who teaches political science at Barnard College. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because the author teaches at an Ivy League school, that he’s just another tree-hugging liberal out to explain why guns are no good.

              In fact, at no point during the entire text does Lacombe make any value judgements about guns or the people who own guns at all. What he’s bitten off to chew is the role played by the NRA, organizationally speaking, in the contours of the American political scene. And this is a significant topic at the moment, given the possibility that America’s ‘first civil rights organization’ may shortly be forced to fold up its tent and disappear.

              Lacombe’s book is an examination of how the NRA turned its membership into an organized, political force that ultimately made common ground with the GOP. He divides this gradual evolution into three, distinct periods: (1). The ‘quasi-governmental’ period which ran from the 1930’s through 1968 when the NRA resisted federal gun laws but didn’t choose political sides; (2). The ‘party-group’ alignment period from the late 1960’s until the 1980’s when the NRA found itself increasingly aligned with the GOP; and (3). The ‘partisan’ period beginning with Reagan and going through Trump when the NRA’s messaging was more about politics and often never even mentioned guns or gun ‘rights.’

              Lacombe analyzes the messaging for each period by comparing editorials published each month in the NRA’s flagship magazine, The American Rifleman, and comparing with Letters to the Editor in four major newspapers, one published on the East Coast, one published on the West Coast, and two newspapers published in between. What Lacombe find is that the topics and the wording which appear in NRA editorials is usually similar to the topics and wording found in letters about guns published in the daily press.

              This content consonance between what the NRA says and what gun-owners then repeating allows Lacombe to posit the idea that the NRA has been especially successful in creating a gun-owning ideology which can motivate the members to respond whenever the politics of gun control rears its ugly head.

              The book is written in a jaunty, relaxed but academically-rigorous style. The reader will have no trouble following the detailed ins and outs of how various national gun bills were developed, introduced, debated, amended and ultimately either voted into law or ended up on the Congressional floor.

              This book should be required reading for gun-control advocates and Lacombe’s findings should be used to craft a narrative about gun violence that might convince at least some gun owners to come over to the other side.

              On the other hand, the book’s attempt to explain how the NRA has created and promoted an ideology which links gun ownership to a wider world view and then propelled NRA members into taking active roles on the political stage, is lacking in one, important respect.

              In addition to my membership in the NRA, I am also e member of Brady, Everytown, The National Parks Conservancy, Audubon, and The Wilderness Fund. I get contacted by voice, mail, or email by all those organizations put together about as often in an entire year as I hear from the NRA every, single month.

Even in the midst of the organization’s current problems with New York State, its former PR firm and a stupidly-contrived bankruptcy effort filed and now withdrawn, when it comes to the care and feeding of its members, the NRA does a job simply second to none.

As long as the NRA has enough money to publish the monthly magazine, put together their great clothing catalog and start taking reservations for the annual meeting and show, they will have no trouble getting their members to overwhelm politicians who would like to see gun ‘rights’ disappear.

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