Wow. Listen to your intellectual betters…

ISIS Appreciates the NRA’s Work

In the United States, you can buy semi-automatic weapon without submitting yourself to a background check, so long as you make your purchase at a gun show. Roughly 90 percent of Americans object to this policy. But the National Rifle Association (NRA) — and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — like it a lot.

The NRA likes the “gun-show loophole” because the organization is funded by firearms manufacturers who would like to continue making money selling weapons to criminals. (A large majority of the NRA’s members support universal background checks, even as the organization does everything in its power to prevent their enactment.)

Holy crap. We could play Count the Lies, but what’s the point? Every word in it is a lie, with the exception of an occasional “the” and an “a” that ran right out of the first sentence, no doubt from a refusal to be part of the crime against its language. Note the conflation between NRA and ISIS, like we could have expected to see a big ISIS table buy at the NRA annual meeting.

These are moldy old tropes, exposed as lies over and over, repeated here with a little quiver of conviction. You get the idea the writer has actually convinced himself it’s all true, right down to the hapless 90% of Americans at the nonexistent mercy of the evil criminal-arming firearms manufacturers enabled by the foul, never-sufficiently-damned NRA. (shudder)

But now the NRA has gone too far. Why, it has practically joined in partnership with ISIS, which is almost as evil as itself. The shame.

“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” an Al Qaeda spokesman told fellow militants in a video obtained by CNN in 2013. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”

I’d start by waiting for any of that to be true. When it becomes true, I’ll be interested in going to a lot more gun shows than I do now. But every transparent falsehood present is repeated here completely uncritically. You’d think a writer who’s so passionately devoted to tightening up “America’s lax gun regulations” would have educated himself about them. At least a little. But as in politics, where lawmakers ban gun parts they can’t even define, logical expectations mean no more than truth or fairness in journalism.

I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again: If you’re so sure about your position on this, why do you have to lie so outrageously?

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5 Responses to Wow. Listen to your intellectual betters…

  1. Kentucky says:

    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. The appeal is to the mass of undecided, unknowing folks who believe anything they read, wherever they read it. And it’s effective, unfortunately.

  2. MJR says:

    Another case of The Big Lie* technique being used by media. The author, Eric Levitz, is also published in left wing magazines like Salon so he has an axe to grind. The main problem here is a lot of folks will see this crap and think it’s legit and start making waves.

    *The big lie:

    a false statement of outrageous magnitude employed as a propaganda measure in the belief that a lesser falsehood would not be credible.

  3. Brass says:

    Am I missing something? Is it not possible to do a private purchase with another citizen at gun show or anywhere else without a background check? Don’t private individuals walk around with price flags on rifles slung on their shoulders at gun shows? I’ve seen it. Has no one else?

    Yes, it’s a lie that the NRA wants guns sold to criminals. But as for private purchases at gun show? While they’re not telling the full story it’s not a lie.

    You and I should be saying, “Who cares if an adult purchases a firearm without a permission clearance from the State?” Why would you want to let the control freaks frame the argument? I’m tired of this.

  4. Joel says:

    Brass, it’s private sales the gun grabbers want to ban. But they can’t come out and say that, because people would tell them to shove it up their collective ass. So they hide their intentions behind the dreaded “gun show loophole.”

    Don’t private individuals walk around with price flags on rifles slung on their shoulders at gun shows? I’ve seen it. Has no one else?

    Sure. I’ve even done it. But it’s relatively rare even at gun shows where it’s permitted, which is not all gun shows. And the anti-gunners never mention that by far the majority of gun show exhibitors are FFLs for whom all the oppressive rules apply. I don’t know what overall percentage of sales at gun shows are private sales, but I’d be surprised to learn it’s not relatively minuscule. There have been studies about what percentage of armed criminals get their guns from shows, and that number is minuscule. So Levitz is peddling bullshit.

  5. Judy says:

    What was it that Herman Goring (I think it was him) said, “you tell a lie often enough and long enough and it becomes the truth.” Okay, I looked it up, Goebbels said it, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

    So the Soros crowd are still at it. I’ve quit calling them The Left.

To the stake with the heretic!