His Most High Majesty King Barack was angry last night when, despite a command from the King’s Majesty, no officials from the National Rifle Association attended his Royal Town Hall.
How dare they?!
When your Sovereign beckons you to court you cannot refuse. You cannot refuse an audience with the King.
King Barack let his anger be known when he told his Court Jester Anderson Cooper, “One voice you will not hear from tonight is the National Rifle Association. They’re the nation’s largest, most influential and powerful gun rights group. We invited them to be here — I think their office is just a couple miles away. They declined to take part. Some of their members are here tonight, though.”
Well, begging the King’s pardon. But if members of the NRA are there, your highness, then the NRA is there.
You see, each individual who is a member of the NRA is the NRA.
I am the NRA.
The NRA is not some amorphous entity with some sort of black-robed Star Chamber that secretly impedes the good order of government and holds Congress hostage.
The NRA is made up of the people who are members.
I am the NRA.
All of us who join the National Rifle Association are the NRA.
If some of their members were with you last night, then the NRA didn’t decline to take part. It took part through the individuals who are the NRA.
As Amanda Carpenter wrote in a great piece at Conservative Review:
So, thank goodness the NRA didn’t show up. The event was likely much better for it. It may have been the first time President Obama couldn’t resort to political warfare.
President Obama fielded questions from a rape victim who wanted a gun with which to defend herself and her children going forward, and from Taya Kyle, the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who was murdered with a gun.
Taya Kyle told the president, “The laws that we create don’t stop these horrific things from happening. That is a very tough pill to swallow.” She made the point that criminals would not be stopped from getting guns even if background checks were expanded. Like Obama’s other questioners, Kyle’s critique was delivered in a civil, calm tone often absent from the rhetoric of politicians engaged in the gun control debate. Had the NRA attended the event, the town hall would have become a debate.
The problem with Demagogues like Obama and Hillary Clinton is they do not want to put a human face on their enemies. They want their enemies to be portrayed as some shadowy, dark group that works nefariously in the background to undermine all the Demagogue’s good and noble work for no other reason than these dark shadowy enemies are evil incarnate.
But the NRA that was there last night was not some amorphous group, but individual American citizens. Members of the National Rifle Association. All of them are the NRA.
I grew up on the south side of Chicago. You know it as one of the most dangerous cities in America. I know it as something less than America: a place where the law doesn’t matter.
It’s illegal for criminal gang members, drug dealers and felons to even touch a gun. Chicago’s politicians could clean the streets tomorrow just by enforcing that federal law.
But they would rather attack the gun rights of good people than crack down on the violent criminals who terrorize them. So law-abiding south siders put their kids to bed to the sound of gunfire … with no hope but to pray it doesn’t come closer.
Chicago’s injustice is America’s problem. Either we fight this cancer of corruption … or we pray it doesn’t come closer.
I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.
I’m a good person. I’ve never bothered anybody.
But I can’t afford a nice house in a safe neighborhood. I live in a government high rise.
Gang bangers and drug dealers walk down our halls every day.
My neighbors and I were scared. We called the police, but they can’t keep us safe.
Some of us are too afraid to even leave our apartments.
But the housing authority told me if I bought a gun to protect myself, they’d throw me to the streets.
If I am not free because of my address today, what makes you think you’ll be free tomorrow?
I marched behind Martin Luther King at Selma.
I know my rights.
Now I have my gun.
I am the National Rifle Association of America.
And I’m Freedom’s Safest Place.
I agree with Amanda Carpenter. By refusing to show up and permit Obama to use them as a whipping boy, the officials from the NRA forced Obama to deal with the people, the individual Americans who become a part of the NRA to ensure that their Second Amendment rights are protected from a Federal Government that does not seek to uphold or protect their Constitutional right to bear arms.
And in so doing, they deprived Obama of his ability to demagogue and rail against this strawman, this mythical shadowy entity he wants everyone to believe is the NRA.
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