De Blasio and Uber (and the NRA)

Ben Smith has a piece up at BuzzFeed called Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA?, and it contains several interesting ideas.

So will Bill de Blasio pry the Uber app from his constituents’ cold dead hands?

The article goes on to deal with some of the ins and outs of the coming fight between the Mayor of New York and the popular ride sharing service as seen from a leftwing point of view. It ends with a line musing over

 whether Uber becomes as partisan and polarizing as guns, or as American as the iPhone.

Hmmm. Notice the implication that being associated in any way with the NRA (which is, after all, the country’s oldest civil rights organization) is an undesirable bug rather than a feature. Uber is popular because it provides people with more options in how they travel and in how they earn a living. Through its advocacy of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has helped people be free to defend themselves. Both organizations provide more freedom to more people while being opposed by elements of the nanny state. While the company may or may not like being in the same philosophical boat as the NRA, it is.

Read the whole thing.

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.