The Demonization of Gun Owners Continues

We’re all going to h-e-double-hockey-sticks, at least according to the NEA’s Vice President:

“I’m not an ordained minister, I’m not a theologian, but [the NRA] are going to hell,” the National Education Association’s vice president said during a panel discussion at the Netroots Nation convention of liberal online activists.

And here I thought we were the religious zealots. I think she probably should have stopped with “I’m not an ordained minister, I’m not a theologian,” and followed this sage, old advice. What’s funny is I’ve gotten flack for referring to the other side as “the enemy,” and often using war metaphors when discussing political struggle. But the other side engages in the same politics of dehumanization. Perhaps there’s some other, old, sage advice that applies here.

12 Responses to “The Demonization of Gun Owners Continues”

  1. Alphonse says:

    The NRA is a person?

  2. Tom RKBA says:

    No, in the minds of the intolerant “Progressives”, the NRA is any gun owner. If the NRA had only one member, the “Progressives” would still use the word “NRA”.

  3. Andy B. says:

    I have commented before on the necessity of our enemies making the gun rights movement a monolith with a name; e.g., “the NRA” or “the gun lobby.” With a nod to Godwin and his Rule, I observe that Hitler allegedly said, approximately, that it was necessary for his purposes to people the entire world with International Zionists, who lay “behind England, and behind the United States,” and that “If the Jew did not exist, I should have to invent him.”

    • Arnie says:

      Outstandingly applicable quote, Andy B.! I believe that is exactly what our political adversaries are doing! Heck, I wonder if I don’t do that against them, myself, sometimes? That quote is priceless! Thank you! (I promise I am not stalking your posts! I just love your knowledge of history and your ability to apply it to today’s issues! – Arnie)

    • Alpheus says:

      It makes me wonder what would happen if the NRA were to declare that they would disband, and then encourage the organization of a half-to-one-dozen organizations, all with the same purpose, none of them called “The National Rifle Association”. Would the Left still be able to use their boogie-man tactics?

      I don’t necessarily think this is a good idea; I just wonder what would happen…

  4. Whetherman says:

    “And here I thought we were the religious zealots.”

    No, but “we” seem more than anxious to embrace the stereotype. Tell me, at whose national convention have Jonathan Falwell and Jerry Boykin been featured attractions in recent years?

    IMO Obama’s much advertized “guns and bibles” comment was no offhand slip, but a very well rehearsed and preplanned soundbite. He knows on which side of a stereotype his bread is buttered.

  5. jkp says:

    Someone should explain to this officious bureaucrat that his little religious diatribe indicates that he doesn’t understand what the FIRST amendment means, either.

    • Tom RKBA says:

      Of course he doesn’t! There is no “separation of church and state” in the Constitution. It existed only in a letter Jefferson sent to a friend. Religious motifs cover public buildings in downtown DC! There is only the prevention of Congress from creating a national religion, nothing more.

      But “Progressives” do NOT want to understand that at all. It violates their paradigm.

  6. Archer says:

    “And here I thought we were the religious zealots.”
    No, they’re the religious zealots. We’re merely “bitter clingers”.

  7. And people still question me when I point out that large numbers of people want us dead or in prison. Do you think this NEA shill would hesitate for a moment to unleash extrajudicial goon squads on us if she was queen for a day?

    I don’t.

    It is tough to realize that other people who you used to think of as fellow Americans hate and detest you so much that they literally want you and your family to burn in hell forever. But it is the truth.

    Time to wake up and realize that this is a soft civil war. We need to isolate/marginalize our political enemies and win over the neutrals. I don’t even see the hard core antigunners that want me and my family in prison as countrymen anymore. Reference Sam Adams:

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

    We personally wrote letters to the NEA National HQ and our state HQ demanding an apology. If we don’t get one then we’ll donate to NRA-ILA in their honor and write our state/elected officials requesting that they oppose the NEA and everything on their agenda, as well as speak to our local media. It has also hardened my opposition to public schools — I will vote every time to gut their funding and destroy them as an institution so long as they are controlled by entities like the NEA, and if we have kids they are getting home schooled or going to private school.

    It is a little thing but this flagrant bullshit cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged anymore. It is just as offensive as a Klansman calling for NAACP members to go to hell would be.