Ken Dixon: The clowns at the gun circus
The good news out of San Francisco is that there are still enough Left Coasties — amid the over-compensated engineers and marauding barons of the digital economy that’s taken over that beautiful city — to approve legislation proclaiming the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorism organization.
“The NRA exists to spread disinformation and knowingly puts weapons in the hands of those who would harm and terrorize us by blocking common-sense gun violence prevention legislation, and by advocating for dangerous legislation like stand-your-ground laws, permit-less carry, and guns in schools from kindergarten on up through university,” said Catherine Stefani, a local lawmaker who introduced the resolution, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Sure, the NRA is exploiting the twisted minds of the white men who are taking their AR-15s to the streets in the never-ending carnage that has accelerated since the horror of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. It’s a leap to say they’re actually handing out the rifles.
Plus, the disturbed white men are free to take out their rage on anyone. Most of the targets just happen to be Walmart shoppers of color, Jews, school kids, patrons of a gay bar, country music concert-goers ... How the targets got into their heads is rooted in propaganda from other sources, laundered at an arm’s length from the NRA, which thoroughly supports the means of production.
Unless you believe the NRA is the gun industry, instead of a bunch of aged, angry, impotent men who think patriotism and the Republic need protection with a literal translation of the Second Amendment — written during the age of barrel-loaded cannons and single-shot muskets — they’re pretty much the clowns at the parade, working the crowd in scary makeup, with their rubber squeeze-bulb horns and big, floppy camouflage shoes.
Speaking of ... ah ... floppy camouflage shoes ... that’s it, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, in an attempt to show relevancy, or maybe they wanted to sell some more of those white “CCDL” pickup truck rear-window stickers, held a rally at the State Capitol on Saturday.
I love this tone-deaf CCDL quote in advance of the holster hoedown: “Americans have a right to know and understand that every piece of legislation that impacts their constitutional right to keep and bear arms are designed to strip their rights one piece at a time.”
Talk about paranoid. Man, the person who wrote that owns firearms?
I’m recalling that Connecticut’s bipartisan 2013 gun laws — prohibiting the sale of AR-15s and large-capacity bullet magazines — were a response to 20 dead first-graders and six educators, their blood a smeary mess in bullet-pocked classrooms and school halls.
A gun permit is essentially a public trust, a piece of paper that says the holder has a privilege. In Connecticut, because of political fumbling and bumbling in the General Assembly, police cannot ask to see the permits of people who carry pistols openly.
The CCDL is just another lobbying organization, essentially harmless hobbyists who like to go to the gun range and pretend that there’s a herd of deer is coming through the wire at them, or something, as they squeeze off another round or 20.
It’s the manufacturers who are the danger, as exemplified by North Carolina-based Remington Arms, the maker of the Adam Lanza autograph-model Bushmaster XM-15. Remington Arms once employed thousands of people in Bridgeport, when the city was known as the Arsenal of Democracy. Now, their old complex is a picture postcard of urban neglect, and a symbol for the way the gun industry treats America, with its apologists, the clowns at the NRA.
Now the NRA, some Republican congressional characters and the CCDL has joined Remington’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking to overturn the Connecticut Supreme Court decision that allowed the gun maker to be sued by Sandy Hook families under state liability laws.
The argument in San Francisco is the NRA is a domestic terrorist organization. But I think the entire American gun industry is an international terrorist organization.
High-end U.S.-made firearms are being trafficked out of the country by the hundreds of thousands and ending up supporting the drug wars and gang terrorism that’s eating up Mexico, where 33,000 people were murdered last year.
In recent years, 200,000 firearms have been smuggled south annually, for the benefit of the bottom line of gun manufacturers and the squeeze-bulb horns of the constitutional shills at the NRA.
Ken Dixon, political editor and columnist, can be reached at 860-549-4670 or at email@example.com. Visit him at twitter.com/KenDixonCT and on Facebook at kendixonct.hearst.