Jon Stewart: "NRA is a false flag operation run by Michael Moore" … The NRA came out with a disgusting new commercial in which it called Obama an "elitist hypocrite" because the Secret Service protects his daughters, while the President doesn't think turning our schools into prisons with armed guards is the answer. Here is the sick new NRA commercial: http://aattp.org/new-nra-ad-president-obama-is-an-elitist-hypocrite. "And why does he get to veto bills and command an army, when we don't?" Stewart jabbed. "If I didn't know any better, and I'm not a big conspiracy guy, after seeing that ad, I would think the NRA was either an elaborate avant-garde Joaquin Phoenix-style joke, or a false flag operation run by Michael Moore in an attempt to discredit responsible gun owners." – The Daily Show
Dominant Social Theme: The NRA is a bloodthirsty group dedicated to putting a machine gun in the hands of every child.
Free-Market Analysis: We've written about the NRA numerous times now and usually not with any great enthusiasm. Bluntly, we believe the NRA is perhaps an organization controlled surreptitiously at the very top by a globalist power elite that wants to build world government and needs to remove guns from the populace in order to do so.
You can see from the above excerpt of TV comedian Jon Stewart's recent monologue that he agrees. You can see the video here.
Stewart rightly notes that the ad launched by the NRA is ludicrous but we think it is ridiculous for different reasons than Stewart. He believes it is a foolish ad because it targets US President Barack Obama and his children – and thus personalizes the debate instead of pursuing it from a policy perspective.
We believe the ad is foolish because it doesn't bring up the reality of what's going on with these shootings. As has been pointed out in hundreds if not thousands of articles posted via the alternative (mostly libertarian) 'Net media, there are plenty of questions about the latest shootings as well as previous ones.
We've published several articles ourselves in which we point out that over 100 eyewitnesses to the Columbine shooting saw additional shooters and even saw various uniformed (non-school) men either participating or in some manner actively retarding rescue efforts. This is a huge discrepancy as regards the official story, which ought to be looked into.
Other articles on 'Net point out that there are many similarities between the modern rash of gun massacres not only here but overseas. Among these similarities, according to eyewitnesses, is that many of the gunmen seem quite proficient with the weapons they are using, as if they have had some military training.
There are so many issues that form a variety of "loose ends" whenever an official story is released regarding these stories that one is almost tempted to say that there is some kind of endemic flaw in official accounts. The police simply don't seem capable of "getting it right."
One big issue that comes up over and over is the lack of mention of psychotropic drugs that shooters seem to be ingesting. Another is that most if not all shooters seem incapable of remembering their shootings and are often described as "robotic" and "not themselves" by eyewitnesses. This goes for shooters and shootings around the world, not just in the US.
The NRA could at any time mention these discrepancies and make an issue of the truthfulness and accuracy of official reports in the US and (even) elsewhere when it comes to these shootings.
But the NRA has chosen to do not that. Instead, as regards this most recent shooting, it has opted instead to request that officials place armed security guards in schools around the country.
The Second Amendment itself states that people have a right to own weapons, but the NRA's proposals seem to imply that the best defense against violence is an official one. As before, the NRA raises up – deifies – state protection over the ability of the individual to defend himself or herself.
This is typical of the NRA's method of operation. From our point of view, it gives lip service to the idea that people have a right to weapons in the US – from a constitutional point of view – and then goes ahead and negotiates with Congress in ways that continually reduce this right.
Currently, as Jon Stewart himself points out in his latest anti-gun diatribe, there are over 20,000 laws on the books "controlling guns." If the NRA is doing its job, it's not doing it very well.
The just-released video that Stewart is mocking is further evidence of the incompetence of the NRA. By attacking US President Obama instead of bringing up serious issues having to do with the strangeness of these endless shootings and potential culpability of other parties never investigated let alone mentioned, the NRA has successfully reconfigured the conversation yet again.
It has managed once more to put itself on the wrong side of the debate. Even its "solution" of more law enforcement agents in schools is an establishment one that does little or nothing to advance the issue of gun rights, which the NRA is ostensibly trying to protect.
But then again, one should not be surprised that the NRA has presented yet one more establishment solution instead of taking a principled stand regarding these shootings and demanding serious investigations.
As we have pointed out previously, the NRA was founded by victorious Civil War soldiers, supposedly to help troops with shooting skills. But given that the NRA has links to the US military – or had them initially – the idea that the NRA is truly as independent as it pretends to be is questionable at least.
In an article entitled, "NRA Makes a Terrible Deal," we wrote the following:
The answer to the question regarding the NRA may be seen in its background and evolution as America's leading gun-rights organization. Not only is it the nation's largest such organization with some four million members claimed. It also the oldest, being founded after the Civil War by two well known New Yorkers, one of whom was the publisher of the New York Sun.
…The NRA has always been a mainstream organization with a reach that climbs right to the top of the US establishment. But in fact it is the lack of success that the NRA has had in keeping gun control laws off the books that has disturbed many supporters and led to the success of at least two other organizations. Here's one example – apparently from a dissatisfied former backer – posted … at the DailyPaul.com:
"Yes, the NRA is a FRAUD ! … Sun, 04/12/2009 – 22:18 … With over 30,000 gun laws on the books … the NRA has successfully reversed 2 (partially) pieces of gun legislation. I would give you the batting average of that ratio, but my calculator only goes to the 6th negative decimal. Having a membership of 3.5 MILLION, 550 employees, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and an annual budget of over $120 MILLION…based on their track record…I CALL THAT FRAUD! … The NRA not only compromises, but they help write almost every piece of anti-gun legislation, just to generate donations. Gun Owners of America and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership are the only way to go."
Once again the NRA has performed incompetently. Instead of using its "bully pulpit" to point out the horrors of these shootings and the substantive questions behind them never answered in official reports, the NRA has rerouted the dialogue into one that demands yet more government involvement.
The NRA has gained over 250,000 new members as a result of recent shootings. And to this, we say, "Too bad."