How You Deal With The NRA

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  1. It’s not the guns, stupid. It’s the BULLETS. Put on a tax of one dollar each bullet and, baa duh baa, bada bing, you’ve paid off the federal debt!

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    • A dollar wouldn’t do it, Herb, as the taxes on cigarettes prove. There will still be enough nuts out there who would be willing to pay the price. And besides that, can you imagine the stockpiling that would go on if such a thing were seriously proposed? My God, it would be a manufacturer’s dream! Are you secretly a rep for the ammo industry?

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  2. I think Chris Rock suggested charging $1000 per bullet. Let’s make that the tax, Herb.

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    • That’s not a crazy idea, and if it were applied to certain kinds of ammo and high-capacity clips, it would probably have public support.

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  3. Treeske

     /  December 21, 2012

    Why did they wait so long to let us know what they had in mind all along?

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    • That’s a good question, Treeske. Many were thinking that waiting so long meant some creative thinking was going on. Some creative thinking it turned out to be.

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  4. RDG,
    On the bright side, LaPierre did not parrot Megan McArdle’s suggestion that little kids be taught to rush an assault rifle toting shooter; nor did his tone-deaf attempt to deflect attention away from the issue at hand end with Heston’s “cold, dead hands” soliloquy for final dramatic dénouement. That said three words commonly used to describe what constitutes the NRA’s version of public relations were “appalling, disastrous and revolting.” The organization’s version of a charm offensive needs a lot of work.

    I found this article surfing the web:
    http://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/newtown

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    • John, your link is powerful indeed because its author, a cogent and articulate writer writes with conviction about a real shift in his understanding and political position on the gun control issue. I highly recommend it to all who have the grits for a 15-minute read.

      I also want to endorse Herb’s idea which, when tongue is removed from cheek, has real merit. I can think of few better targets for a sin tax than weapons like assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and exotic ammunition.

      Finally, just to punctuate the point about armed guards in schools, I learned from Rachel Maddow last night that Columbine high school did have an armed security guard at the time of their shooting. He was ineffective. QED.

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    • That was an utterly fantastic read, Juan. What a take on the history of the NRA and GOP politics. And my fondness and longing for a George H.W. Republican, warts and all, is growing more profound.

      Duane

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  5. Anonymous

     /  December 22, 2012

    All this NRA talk lately has me thinking about the parallels of Labor Unions and the NRA. Conservatives blast labor for political activity, collecting dues, representing guilty members, public picketing, etc. I think it is time for the liberal media to start using terms like “Big Gun Bosses”, “Gun Thugs”, and show the least appealing person to show up at the next gun rally over and over and over on their news cycle after he says something stupid. Lets see how they would like that.

    Kabe

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    • Excellent idea, right in line with what linguist George Lakoff argues about the need for our side to play the language game better. We can’t even imagine, at this point, any journalist on television referring to LaPierre as a “big gun boss,” can we? I really like your idea.

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      • Anonymous

         /  December 23, 2012

        Duane, I heard one report of a shooting range that would only allow NRA members to be permitted. I hope a gun carrying, non-NRA member, democrat shows up and demands entrance to such a place. After all, if they like “Right to Work” laws then they certainly would support “Right to Shoot” laws.

        Kabe

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