“The NRA, like the GOP, has found itself well down the road to irrelevance,” as one gun owner who is a blogger writes. “By pandering to the ideology of the extremists they attract, they’ve alienated the majority of Americans. This includes many who’d support some of their ideas if it wasn’t for their obstinate insistence on no compromise, no common sense solutions.
“When faced with horrific tragedies and real issues to be addressed, instead of moving to the center or at least acknowledging an issue with guns, they double down on rhetoric. Instead of catering to mental stable gun owners, they’ve narrowed their audience further and further by stoking the fires of paranoia in the minds of conspiracy theorists and militia members. Rather than promote responsible gun ownership, they’ve cashed in on the wannabe Rambos and people who wouldn’t be able to pass the psychological exam to become a police officer or soldier.
“Now before people start of on the “well, you’re just a liberal who wants to take everyone’s guns away” tirade, I used to read “American Rifleman” when I was a kid. Every issue started off with a collection of short stories about people who used their weapon to protect themselves and/or shoot a bad guy. Back then, it was more about hunting and self defense than it is today. I really dug the idea of being able to eliminate a coyote at 500 yards with a .25-06 and plinking cans with a .22 has been something I’ve enjoyed since I was 7 years old. Blowing up a stuff with an AR at a target range out in the middle of the woods? That’s a little slice of burnt gunpowder heaven to me.”
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