Week 25: Prat – National Rifle Association

by Jackie_South on June 21, 2015

Crosshair_pratThe National Rifle Association (NRA) of the USA wins our award this week for being the biggest prats of the last seven days

It perhaps is no great surprise that the NRA’s response to the horrific murder of nine churchgoers at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was as asinine as it was offensive.

The day after the murder, Texan lawyer and NRA board member Charles Cotton decided the blame for the massacre laid squarely with one of the victims, pastor Clementa Pinckney. Pinckney, who was also a state senator for South Carolina, had voted against a law to allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit.

Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton wrote. “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.”

This is the twisted logic of the NRA: all you need is for everyone to be armed to the teeth and they can stop gun violence. The idea that anyone might think it a little inappropriate to go to church armed to the nines doesn’t seem to register with them. Neither does the fact that it would in fact be totally legal for those parishioners to take a concealed gun into church with them in Charleston as long as they had a permit.

The NRA wasn’t always this mad: JFK was a member, the NRA actively supported gun control legislation in the 1930s to outlaw machine guns, then being used by the mob. Ironically, given the motivations of Dylann Roof, its first president was US Civil War General Ambrose Burnside who helped found the NRA because he despaired at how bad Union soldiers had been at shooting Confederates.

But the NRA has long since forgotten its roots and now sees its role as lobbyist-in-chief for the arms industry. To promote that it will deploy every twisted argument possible to blame the victims in any shooting rather than look at the facts laid out by their own president: this only happens in America.

Their perverse logic, utter refusal to see sense and their heartless stupidity in trying to blame those Charleston churchgoers makes the NRA our richly deserved Prats of the Week.

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