Not content with having abetted the massacre of 20 first graders and their teachers last month, the extremist fringe group NRA doubled down on its campaign to sell more guns yesterday with a video attacking the children of our popular president, elected in November by 65 million Americans.
Interestingly, the commercial echoes themes of “elitism” and “hypocrisy” that were an important element of Romney’s botched presidential campaign and are a key part of the GOP’s continuing, unsuccessful efforts to regain power. They speak to a shrinking, angry, fearful segment of the population.
This radicalism comes from a group that has seen its support evaporate in the face of massive nationwide majorities that have no patience for a corporate sales pitch disguised as delusional ranting (even their head Wayne Lapierre has described himself as “crazy”). Strikingly, Republican-skewed Gallup reports 58 percent of the country wants tighter gun laws, a 2-1 margin over those who don’t.
Australia got rid of its military-grade weaponry after a massacre and hasn’t had one since. We could keep our children safer, improve national security, and save enormous amounts of tax money, if we limited private gun ownership to registered single-shot manual-reload hunting rifles. Thank goodness Scott Brown, who opposed gun safety while a Senator, was voted out. No guns, no mass murder of first graders.