A week or so ago, I was not happy with the quality of my writing (I imagine we all go through that from time to time) and for a brief time (perhaps an hour or two) I considered giving up my blog. But then I had an epiphany and I realized that if I did not write this blog, if I did not have this opportunity to pound the keys and vent my frustrations with today’s world, I would explode into a million little pieces and be scattered for miles! So, the moment passed, and I am glad, especially when I see things like today’s latest in the ongoing saga of da trumpeter.
Little Donnie Darkness got another … totally unexpected [sarcasm fully intended] … endorsement today. Yes, folks, the NRA now thinks that Donnie Rump is the next best thing to sliced bread! Okay, so it really is no surprise, given that there wasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that they were going to endorse Hillary Clinton who has been vociferous in her support of stronger gun regulation and declared that she plans to ‘take on the NRA’. What is curious, however, is that, just as so many other groups have done this year, the NRA seems to have developed amnesia. They forgot that he once supported an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks. In his 2000 book The America We Deserve he wrote that “The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions.”
So, what convinced the NRA to come out in support of Trump? Granted, Hillary is their ‘public enemy #1’, but they could have abstained from endorsing either candidate just as easily. Well, Trump promised them, just as he has so many others, a heaping dish of hogwash that he cannot deliver on, but I guess it sounded good to Wayne LaPierre, acting CEO of the NRA, and Chris Cox, chief lobbyist. Trump says he has a concealed-carry permit, he wants to rescind President Obama’s executive actions expanding background checks, he thinks assault weapons are tremendous, and he wants to make any permit you get in any state valid in the 49 other states, so people can bring their guns even where other states don’t want them. And as for gun-free zones, “My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.” Sorry to inform you, Donnie, but there will always be gun-free zones … I know this, because my home is and always will be one of them.
Let us, just for the fun of it, pick apart Trump’s assertion about signing ‘it’ to do away with gun-free zones on his first day. Interestingly, Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein contacted several Trump-owned properties, including his Palm Beach estate and private club, Mar-A-Lago. Turns out that Mar-A-Lago, as well as Trump Hotel in Chicago and Trump Winery in Virginia are all … ready for it … gun-free zones! All that aside, Trump will not be able to declare a moratorium on gun-free zones with the stroke of a pen, since gun-free zones exist as a result of legislation passed by Congress some twenty years ago, and the only thing that will reverse it is another act of Congress. And, given the hostility so many in the nation feel toward Trump, I should think he would welcome gun-free zones!
The NRA was once an organization dedicated to promoting gun safety, but that noble idea went by the wayside in the last few decades, and now they are just dedicated to promoting a culture of guns. “They’ve encouraged people to think that gun ownership makes you self-reliant, independent, masculine, strong, capable, and patriotic — and anyone who thinks that 30,000 Americans killed by guns every year is a problem worth addressing must not be any of those things.” (Waldman, Washington Post, 20 May 2016). Well, I guess that makes me helpless, dependent, feminine, weak, inept and a traitor to my country, because I absolutely abhor guns and will not knowingly occupy the same space as somebody with a gun. When my daughter was but 5 days old, my husband’s brother came to our home to see his new niece. He was drunk and brought his new gun with him to show it off to my husband. I ordered him out of our home that day, much to the annoyance of my husband. That is an example of how adamantly I hate guns, just in case anybody had doubts!
So, the NRA has jumped into bed with Donnie, and I hope that it will be a very happy relationship for them. Donnie will not be able to keep his promises, the NRA leadership is undoubtedly smart enough to realize that, but it really does not matter, as there is already very little gun regulation on the books in this country, and what there is more often than not is ineffective or not enforced. It should be noted, however, that 90% of the people in this nation are in favour of stricter gun regulations, and that includes NRA members. It seems to me that an organization that lobbies for policies that are contrary to those supported by their members is out of control.
Meanwhile, back at the reality ranch, even without the endorsement of the NRA, Hillary Clinton is also a candidate for president, and I hope that, if she wins the election, she will remain true to her promises to challenge the NRA and work toward more sensible gun regulations than we currently have. The NRA tells its members that Hillary wants to abolish the 2nd amendment, but while she has certainly spoken out in favour of additional gun regulation, she has never given any indication that she would consider amending the Constitution to abolish the “right to bear arms” clause, nor would she likely be able to even if she were so inclined. So, the NRA is also lying. They and Trump actually make logical bedfellows, don’t you think?