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The NRA is not a political party

Thom Hartmann, America's #1 progressive radio show host and NY Times bestselling author of over twenty books.

Published time: February 15, 2013 17:36
AFP Photo / Karen Bleier

­It may comes as a surprise to Wayne LaPierre, but the NRA is not a political party. Apparently no one's informed him of that, as he'll be delivering the gun-group's official response to the State of The Union tonight, on TheSportsmanChannel.com. Talking Points Memo is reporting that LaPierre will respond to the President's Tuesday night speech from the annual convention of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The news of LaPierre's speech was released in conjunction with an op-ed he published on The Daily Caller. The op-ed, which the Think Progress Blog called a “bizarre, paranoid screed,” outlines some strange, unlikely reasons why LaPierre thinks every American should own a gun. The fear-mongering gun advocate listed reasons ranging from violent Latino gangs – to the end of police protection – to the complete collapse of civilization. Apparently, Wayne LaPierre is very afraid, and he wants you to be to.

In his column, he wrote, “Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are the perils we are sure to face – not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival.” Thankfully, the NRA has lost the power it once knew, and voters are now less inclined to support a candidate because they're backed by the organization.

In his address Tuesday night, Obama said gun violence victims deserve a vote. Wayne LaPierre and the NRA deserve to fade into obscurity, where they belong.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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