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2013-05-07 12:20:15 PM
Reality: Republicans are just this stupid and crazy.

Please proceed, GOP.
 
2013-05-07 12:29:39 PM
The whole thing was an embarrassment.  And I used to belong to this nuthouse.
 
2013-05-07 12:37:17 PM
Well, we're done here. Pack it up.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-07 12:40:58 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The whole thing was an embarrassment.  And I used to belong to this nuthouse.


It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.
 
2013-05-07 12:51:57 PM

vpb: It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.


I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing? A lot of my gun owner friends have shied away from them. Even the gun manufacturers feel like they don;t have a grip on the NRA anymore.
 
2013-05-07 12:57:10 PM

Bonkthat_Again: vpb: It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.

I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing? A lot of my gun owner friends have shied away from them. Even the gun manufacturers feel like they don;t have a grip on the NRA anymore.


Which is odd, since the NRA leadership seems to be doing everything in their power to increase gun sales through fear.
 
2013-05-07 01:00:47 PM

Bonkthat_Again: vpb: It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.

I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing? A lot of my gun owner friends have shied away from them. Even the gun manufacturers feel like they don;t have a grip on the NRA anymore.


I think they've realized they can get more money and power by being the "Tea Party: with guns!" instead of just focusing on the guns part.  I seriously doubt that people like Glenn Beck really give a crap about guns, it's just another way to get an audience.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-07 01:01:48 PM
Bonkthat_Again:
I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing? A lot of my gun owner friends have shied away from them. Even the gun manufacturers feel like they don;t have a grip on the NRA anymore.

I think they have decided that there is more money to be made with a small but intense following than a large but less motivated membership.

I haven't heard that about the manufacturers, but I can see why they would be worried about the long term consequences of doubling down on the crazy.
 
2013-05-07 01:01:56 PM
How did the NRA feel about these gun rights activists?

eonclicker.com
 
2013-05-07 01:03:16 PM
If it looks stupid, but it works...
 
2013-05-07 01:03:32 PM
Somehow..when you start your article with "the NRA held it's annual gun nut convention" this sort of highlights the fact that this is not an actual news article or even a TV review but a thinly veiled editorial wherein the writer is not a gun ownership supporter.
 
2013-05-07 01:05:37 PM

JohnCarter: not an actual news article


What part of img1.fark.net tried to suggest otherwise?
 
2013-05-07 01:05:40 PM

JohnCarter: Somehow..when you start your article with "the NRA held it's annual gun nut convention" this sort of highlights the fact that this is not an actual news article or even a TV review but a thinly veiled editorial wherein the writer is not a gun ownership supporter.


"the NRA held it's annual gun/nut convention"

Happy now?
 
2013-05-07 01:06:01 PM

JohnCarter: Somehow..when you start your article with "the NRA held it's annual gun nut convention" this sort of highlights the fact that this is not an actual news article or even a TV review but a thinly veiled editorial wherein the writer is not a gun ownership supporter.


Hey, its totally possible to find the NRA off putting and also think they should have guns.
 
2013-05-07 01:06:03 PM
 
2013-05-07 01:09:50 PM
Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz among them

Dear god...
They're not even trying
 
2013-05-07 01:10:15 PM
Me, a gun owner, to the NRA...

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-07 01:10:33 PM
"Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?
 
2013-05-07 01:10:34 PM
i171.photobucket.com

This shiat just writes itself.
 
2013-05-07 01:11:15 PM

clintster: Bonkthat_Again: vpb: It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.

I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing? A lot of my gun owner friends have shied away from them. Even the gun manufacturers feel like they don;t have a grip on the NRA anymore.

Which is odd, since the NRA leadership seems to be doing everything in their power to increase gun sales through fear.


If they build a massive space station and disband the senate I'll start to worry.
 
2013-05-07 01:12:10 PM

WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?


Must be the two turntables and a microphone.  :/
 
2013-05-07 01:13:11 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Bonkthat_Again: I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing?

"[Incoming president] Porter, 64, whose father was NRA president from 1959-1961, is part of the small, Birmingham, Ala., law firm of Porter, Porter & Hassinger. The firm's website notes its expertise in defending gun manufacturers in lawsuits."


I think this is a case of the gun manufacturer's creation (the "new" i.e. rabidly partisan NRA) going beyond what they intended and losing control. Much like the astroturfers who created the Tea Party to attack Obama but found the result to be Christine O'Donnell and Todd Akin.
 
2013-05-07 01:13:31 PM

JohnCarter: Somehow..when you start your article with "the NRA held it's annual gun nut convention" this sort of highlights the fact that this is not an actual news article or even a TV review but a thinly veiled editorial wherein the writer is not a gun ownership supporter.


I'd say gun nut is a very applicable term considering most of the content in those speeches was herp derp that has nothing to do with guns.
 
2013-05-07 01:14:02 PM
There, there now ... I'm sure any veterinarian or veterinary assistant will tell you that the NRA isn't TRULY malevolent, it's just frightened - and often a frightened animal will lash out in vicious, almost incomprehensible ways.

What's it frightened of? Well, for starters, it's worried that people who refuse to associate with guns, who refuse to foam at the mouth over the 2nd Amendment, might know something it doesn't know: namely, that rational thought and deliberate planning will keep people out of 90 percent of the scenarios in which the NRA envisions a gun might be necessary.

So, in conclusion, someone just needs to throw a towel over the NRA, scoop it up firmly and love it and scratch it behind the ears and reassure it that nothing bad will happen if people are compelled to give up their mobile rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades.
 
2013-05-07 01:14:54 PM

stevarooni: WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?

Must be the two turntables and a microphone.  :/


i'd say it was his Devil's Haircut.  listen to the lyrics of that song
 
2013-05-07 01:15:07 PM

Bonkthat_Again: I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing?


Just a thought, but they probably think they are representing the millions of people that give them yearly dues.  It is an "Association" that people voluntarily pay to be a part of.  If they didn't represent those people, then they wouldn't get very much money. (I heard that gun companies only give about 10% of the total NRA funding)  I'm not a member but from what I know they started out as a safety organization that helped organize gun competitions. But as more power is concentrated into the hands of fewer politicians they have found that it pays to leverage their money into lobbing. Much like any other political organization.
 
2013-05-07 01:15:10 PM

WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?


They're authoritarians. Authoritarians are completely incapable of recognizing logical inconsistency.
 
2013-05-07 01:16:17 PM

fruitloop: [i171.photobucket.com image 559x297]

This shiat just writes itself.


He didn't even have to write anything. He just played it.

I watch TDS every night and I can't remember the last time I was absolutely gobsmacked like I was watching this episode.
 
2013-05-07 01:18:11 PM

impaler: WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?

They're authoritarians. Authoritarians are completely incapable of recognizing logical inconsistency.


People should be able to arm themselves as they desire: authoritarian
The state should decide who can be armed: not authoritarian

Right-o.
 
2013-05-07 01:18:16 PM
You should really feel embarrassed if you are still a member of that politicalized joke of an organization.
 
2013-05-07 01:19:05 PM
NRA member.

"Video games caused this!!1111"

[sounds of membership card being shredded.]

...and we're done here.
 
2013-05-07 01:19:41 PM
The NRA says and does a lot of stupid things.

I still pay them membership dues.  Why?

Because they do one thing very, VERY well.  They are very good at lobbying against increased gun control.

If I want to oppose attacks on my Second Amendment civil rights, I know the ACLU will take a selective blind spot to that civil right.  I, as a private citizen, have very limited ability to influence my legislators.  However, together with several million of my fellow Americans, we can and do.

Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I vote how they tell me to (at most, I'll listen to recommendations, but I voted Obama because Romney was all-around worse).  Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I agree with every dumbass thing their spokespeople say.

However, backing them is the best way to thwart anti-gun activists and their legislative pressure, so I pay my dues.

It's a little like having an employee that says dumb shiat at work, is neglectful of hygiene, is rude to his co-workers and generally unpleasant, but he's OUTSTANDING at the actual core task of his job.  That is what the NRA is to me, something that is outstanding at it's one core task, even if it has many failings on the side.
 
2013-05-07 01:19:52 PM

Bonkthat_Again: I'm just curious who, the NRA is actually representing?


People who hate Fartbama, people who hate Liberals, .... I think that's it.
 
2013-05-07 01:20:57 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: stevarooni: WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?

Must be the two turntables and a microphone.  :/

i'd say it was his Devil's Haircut.  listen to the lyrics of that song and study it out.


FTFY.
 
2013-05-07 01:21:06 PM
The daily show could have just done a special broadcast from there. When Glen Beck was on I didn't know weather to laugh or face palm. It was just....just ....just I cant even put it into words
 
2013-05-07 01:22:59 PM

darth_badger: How did the NRA feel about these gun rights activists?

[eonclicker.com image 448x330]


Meh...California, what would you expect.  Houston, Texas in 2000.  Texas GOP convention. NBPP shows up with long guns...if there was an outcry, I never heard or read of it.  Most folks were pissed an old man confronting the NBPP got pushed down.
 
2013-05-07 01:24:07 PM

vpb: Marcus Aurelius: The whole thing was an embarrassment.  And I used to belong to this nuthouse.

It used to be more about hunting and gun safety.  Not enough money in that I guess.


The surveys show that fewer and fewer people are buying guns. But the few who are buying are buying more, so the NRA, the marketing arm of gun manufacturers are just catering to this new market segment to encourage even more purchases.
 
2013-05-07 01:24:17 PM

Ned Stark: People should be able to arm themselves as they desire: authoritarian
The state should decide who can be armed: not authoritarian

Right-o.


We aren't talking about responsible gun ownership here, we're discussing the NRA.

That audience is RWA. Don't like it? Tough shat. Link
 
2013-05-07 01:27:15 PM

Silverstaff: The NRA says and does a lot of stupid things.

I still pay them membership dues. Why?

Because they do one thing very, VERY well. They are very good at lobbying against increased gun control.


You seem like a smart and savvy consumer, not like most of the rubes here on Fark. How would you like, as part of a very special discount to a limited number of people, to be one of the first to buy a case of my brand new rhiocerous repellant?
 
2013-05-07 01:27:26 PM
Have yet to see a single argument by the left why the NRA is bad, one that makes any sense.

They are fighting to keep the 2nd amendment. How could that possibly be bad?

Is the ACLU bad?
 
2013-05-07 01:28:00 PM

darth_badger: How did the NRA feel about these gun rights activists?

[eonclicker.com image 448x330]


I personally would feel safer around those gun rights activists than around the NRA

/gun owner
 
2013-05-07 01:28:13 PM

EyeballKid: rhinocerous


But, if you order early, I'll throw in some of my super-secret rhiocerous repellant along with the rhinocerous repellant!
 
2013-05-07 01:28:39 PM

WizardofToast: "Gun grabbers use emotion to justify taking away your rights! That is wrong! Also, if you don't have a gun, YOU ARE GOING TO DIIIIIIIIE."

How do they not notice Beck's doublethink?


Because that's twice as much thinking as they're used to?
 
2013-05-07 01:28:41 PM

Silverstaff: The NRA says and does a lot of stupid things.

I still pay them membership dues.  Why?

Because they do one thing very, VERY well.  They are very good at lobbying against increased gun control.

If I want to oppose attacks on my Second Amendment civil rights, I know the ACLU will take a selective blind spot to that civil right.  I, as a private citizen, have very limited ability to influence my legislators.  However, together with several million of my fellow Americans, we can and do.

Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I vote how they tell me to (at most, I'll listen to recommendations, but I voted Obama because Romney was all-around worse).  Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I agree with every dumbass thing their spokespeople say.

However, backing them is the best way to thwart anti-gun activists and their legislative pressure, so I pay my dues.

It's a little like having an employee that says dumb shiat at work, is neglectful of hygiene, is rude to his co-workers and generally unpleasant, but he's OUTSTANDING at the actual core task of his job.  That is what the NRA is to me, something that is outstanding at it's one core task, even if it has many failings on the side.


Its an absolutist position that probably gets thousands of people unnecessarily killed each year, but at least its an ethos.
 
2013-05-07 01:29:05 PM

MonoChango: they probably think they are representing the millions of people that give them yearly dues. It is an "Association" that people voluntarily pay to be a part of. If they didn't represent those people, then they wouldn't get very much money.


If you read the NRA email broadcasts, it's pretty obvious there money comes from telling impressionable, low-information people that they are threatened, and the NRA needs money to fight for them.

For normal people the NRA funding pleas have all the legitimacy of a Nigerian email scam.

But a significant number of rubes can be fooled into sending them money again and again.
 
2013-05-07 01:29:12 PM

darth_badger: How did the NRA feel about these gun rights activists?

[eonclicker.com image 448x330]


Clearly, their guns should be taken! They're -- *wink, wink, nudge, nudge* -- "socialists."
 
2013-05-07 01:29:14 PM
Do they pay the people who make this website?  What professional would post two videos and have them both start automatically as soon as the page is loaded?

Hey web developer, come into my office.  YOU'RE FIRED!
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-07 01:29:36 PM

Silverstaff: The NRA says and does a lot of stupid things.

I still pay them membership dues.  Why?

Because they do one thing very, VERY well.  They are very good at lobbying against increased gun control.

If I want to oppose attacks on my Second Amendment civil rights, I know the ACLU will take a selective blind spot to that civil right.  I, as a private citizen, have very limited ability to influence my legislators.  However, together with several million of my fellow Americans, we can and do.

Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I vote how they tell me to (at most, I'll listen to recommendations, but I voted Obama because Romney was all-around worse).  Just because I pay dues to them doesn't mean I agree with every dumbass thing their spokespeople say.

However, backing them is the best way to thwart anti-gun activists and their legislative pressure, so I pay my dues.

It's a little like having an employee that says dumb shiat at work, is neglectful of hygiene, is rude to his co-workers and generally unpleasant, but he's OUTSTANDING at the actual core task of his job.  That is what the NRA is to me, something that is outstanding at it's one core task, even if it has many failings on the side.


Of course the guys who think that having an AR-15 is a civil right are the craziest gun nuts of all.  I wonder what you think is wrong with the NRA if you think that is right?
 
2013-05-07 01:30:07 PM

Thunderpipes: Have yet to see a single argument by the left why the NRA is bad, one that makes any sense.

They are fighting to keep the 2nd amendment. How could that possibly be bad?

Is the ACLU bad?


Nevermind what it does.

Its members are loud and uneducated. Its just not respectable.
 
2013-05-07 01:31:07 PM

Thunderpipes: Have yet to see a single argument by the left why the NRA is bad, one that makes any sense.

They are fighting to keep the 2nd amendment. How could that possibly be bad?

Is the ACLU bad?


Newsflash: They aren't fighting to keep the 2nd amendment.

They're fighting to convince idiots to spend money on guns.
 
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