Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sticking To Their Guns

The National Rifle Association used to be the mainstream wingnutty outfit in American politics. You could always count on them to come out with wild accusations about the evul guvamint plotting to take your guns out of your cold dead hands.

But recently the Tea Party has been hogging all the crazy talk. That’s not sitting well with the NRA; for one thing, they don’t like to share the street corner with other loons. It’s bad for their image and dries up fundraising. So spokesman Wayne LaPierre is going on the attack against the Obama administration’s non-existent plans to burn up the Second Amendment.

“[The Obama campaign] will say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone,” LaPierre told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday. “In public, he’ll remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws… The president will offer the 2nd Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the 2nd Amendment.”

“But it’s a big fat stinking lie!” the NRA leader exclaimed. “It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the 2nd Amendment in our country.”

“Obama himself is no fool. So when he got elected, they concocted a scheme to stay away from the gun issue, lull gun owners to sleep and play us for fools in 2012. Well, gun owners are not fools and we are not fooled.”

This is conspiracy theory Nirvana: lack of proof of a conspiracy is the ultimate proof of a conspiracy.

What’s ironic is that the NRA is a victim of their own success. They’ve been able to lobby enough legislators in Congress and around the country into doing their bidding that they’ve become irrelevant: the assault weapons ban is dead and the Supreme Court has made individual gun ownership a part of the Second Amendment. So I guess the only thing left for the NRA is to fall back on the old reliable nutsery theories for moral support and money. It’s always worked in the past.

HT to Steve Benen.