...even by the standards of what we’ve heard from the NRA recently, comments made by former NRA president Marion Hammer earlier this week stand out.
Appearing on an episode of the NRA news show The Daily News on Wednesday, Hammer concluded a discussion of the prospects on gun control initiatives prompted by the Newtown, Conn. massacre by drawing a comparison between attempts to ban guns and racism.
“And they even admit this is about banning the ugliest guns, it’s about cosmetics and it has nothing to do about how a firearm works,” host Ginny Simone said toward the end of the segment.
“Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” Hammer responded. “But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”
TPM's Eric Lach compared Ms. Hammer's comments to Jim Crow, which is a pretty good analogy. I see his Jim Crow reference and raise it with an Apartheid one...
I don't know about y'all but I don't even know what these malevolent rods look like, nor do I care. The ugliness is in what they do, not in how they look. I'm surprised that Malaka Hammer didn't suggest that manufacturers paint the guns pink or even in team colors. Just imagine the Badger red or the LSU purple and gold on an assault weapon or ammo cartridge. Of course, there are people in both states who might like that idea so...
Wingnuts seem to specialize in inappropriate and OTT "historical" references these days. I'm surprised she didn't mention Hitler and guns since the right is fond of comparing us commie-pinko-socialists to the Nazis. Me, I don't compare anyone to the Nazis, it is almost never appropriate or accurate. Maybe the wingers have read their history and know that their formal name was the National Socialist party. Nah, when did a winger ever crack open a book that wasn't on the approved batshit crazy teanut reading list?
I realize picking an NRA honcho as malaka of the week is like, uh, shooting fish in a barrel but it's irresistible. Hmm, I wonder if she's any relation to Mike Hammer?