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.