Dogs and Cats Living Together!


(H/T, Shall Not Be Questioned) Reuters is reporting that the NRA is filing an amicus brief in support of the ACLU’s suit against the Obama Administration concerning NSA surveillance. The ACLU is welcoming the NRA’s support.

The ACLU is asking the court to stop the NSA’s program of tracking telephone calls, to declare the program illegal, and to order the government to purge all its databases of the call records.  The NRA says in its brief

The mass surveillance program could allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA.

The NRA has also notes that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of section 215 of the the Patriot act would have the effect of nullifying the statutory ban on the centralization of gun purchase and ownership records.

Baghdad Bob Back at Work?


Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (better known as “Baghdad Bob”) must be coming out of retirement. Who else would be crazy enough to be peddling the meme now showing up on the left that the NRA on its last leg? First, The New Republic; then, The Boston Globe; then, The Philadelphia Daily News; now, The Guardian; and all pushing the idea that the NRA is finally facing real opposition and losing its clout.

Uh, huh.

That’s must be the reason why paid membership has soared past 5,000,000.

If They’ve Lost the ACLU …


The NRA is not the only civil rights organization opposed to the Senator Reid’s universal background check bill. Now, the ACLU is piling on, citing severe privacy issues. The problem is the retention of transaction records for private sales. Buying a gun at retail requires a background check, but the record of the check is normally destroyed with 24 hours. The Reid bill would require that the record of a private transfer be maintained, and there is nothing in the bill that would prohibit the Justice Department from using those records to create a gun registry.

The last time I remember the ACLU siding against the Democrats in the Senate was during the filibuster over the Civil Rights Act during the ’60s.

Adam Lanza and the NRA


While I was getting dressed this morning, I heard the newsreader on NPR mention that among the items listed on the search warrant for the Lanza house was an “NRA certificate.”

Oh, horrors! The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter had a certificate from the NRA.

Gimme a break.

The NRA teaches courses in firearm safety, and Connecticut recognizes them as adequate training in safe gun handling for an applicant for a concealed carry permit. While Adam Lanza was only 20 when he committed his infamous crime, he might have taken such a course if he intended to apply when he turned 21. Or maybe he did some rifle shooting at summer camp when he was a kid and achieved some Junior Marksmanship rating. There are numerous reasons why someone might have an “NRA certificate.”

I have one. It says “Life Member.” Neither Adam Lanza nor his mother were members of the NRA.

Gun Control and Racism


Not many people know that the oldest civil rights organization in the U. S. is the National Rifle Association. Even fewer know of its informal working alliance with the NAACP in the South during the ’60s.

Here is a some history about how the NRA helped the members of an NAACP chapter in Monroe, NC, defend themselves. The money quote from the post (emphasis mine):

When the Klan arrived, instead of finding the good doctor alone with his family they found the house fortified with sandbags and guarded by armed men who knew how to use their weapons. A firefight ensued.
The Klan and their police support were no match for the local NRA members. The NRA members drove off the attackers inflicting unknown causalities on the raiders.

But, of course, these days we can always trust the government to protect us.