Former US Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart is calling on those he terms ” legitimate gun owners ” to discontinue their membership with the National Rifle Association and form their own organization. Hart’s argument is, essentially, that the NRA in its current form serves little purpose other than to keep a significant segment of the American population heavily armed and seriously crazy. From his blog post at Huffington Post:
” The National Rifle Association, which claims to speak for America’s gun owners, makes only one argument for assault weapons: if “they” take away our assault weapons, then “they” will come for our sporting guns. Never mind that the mysterious “they,” purposely left vague to serve the needs of paranoia, is the government of the United States whose president and members of Congress are all elected by a majority of American citizens.
Outside the arena of combat, assault weapons serve no plausible purpose. To justify private ownership of combat weapons, therefore, a military purpose must be imagined.
The needs of paranoia require fear, fear that embraces black helicopters, abdication of U.S. sovereignty, U.N. government, and assumption of power by the Trilateral Commission. Assault weapons are required to prevent this take over. What the U.S. Army is doing while all this is happening is never quite clear. “
Hart is spot on. Sane, responsible gun owners don’t need assault weapons to defend themselves against conjured, phantom enemies, and they should reconsider their financial support of an organization that seems to have devolved into nothing more than a wellspring of gun totin’, trigger happy paranoia.
Time to dump the NRA.