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Jim Porter is the newly elected president of the NRA and what a stereotypical ‘good ole boy’ he is. He is everything I picture an avid, “pry this gun from my cold dead hands”, hard-core Second Amendment Rights activist would look like. The election took place in Texas during their annual meeting. Porter’s father, Irvine C. Porter, served as president from 1959 to 1960. Porter is also a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Alabama — qualifications that members of the NRA believe will help ensure there are no more restrictions for gun owners and they plan to persuade Congress to undo the recent gun restrictions in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Colorado.
I am anxious to see just what Porter will bring to the table when it comes to serious gun debates. Will he reiterate his speech about the” Civil War being a Northern aggression?” I hope he has a lot to say. Saturday Night Live hasn’t had any new material since Sarah Palin left the spotlight, and what is that wacky broad up to these days anyway?
If you haven’t watched Porter’s speech from 2012 on You Tube yet, you can watch it over here. It’s a real treat!
But seriously — he sounds a lot like those other conspiracy theorist bloggers who rant about the government wanting to take away their guns. These nut jobs and I will include the nuts on Fox News – love to give their 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights speeches …that is, at least for *white* Americans. Since the Boston bombing, Fox News wants the 1st Amendment Rights suspended for all Muslims or those who look Muslim. They demand that all Mosques be thoroughly investigated. Can you imagine the uproar if such demands were made on Catholic Churches? They want any suspicious anti-American videos (Jihadist) on YouTube to be taken down, well, what about the ones made by the millions of pro-gun Rednecks? They can use some threatening language, themselves – or is Freedom of Speech only for *chosen* groups and exactly who gets to decide?
My guess is if Porter continues to make more crazy talk speeches, we might see more homegrown terrorist activity. The ones perpetrating the deeds will do so believing they are saving the American way of life from the government, lack of government, disaster and… lions, tigers and bears — oh my!
Conspiracy theories have been around a long time, but I think they ratcheted way up after Obama was elected. Let’s be real here…Good Ole Boys don’t like people who look different than them, especially dark skinned individuals and when one is running the country (and they think– their lives) – they can’t stand it. I lived in the South for years and the N-word is part of daily conversation. That was in the 70s before social media. Now we have the Internet and all those bigots have a huge audience to spew their crazy ideas to, and the people who tune in, believe them because – they have an Internet show, so they must be speaking the God’s honest truth.
Some media outlets claim that there will be another gun debate, at least about background checks because some members of Congress who voted “no”are feeling the backlash from constituents who wanted background checks.
I found the following stats from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website. I think it speaks volumes when it comes to exactly who politicians listen to when it comes to corporate influence, especially from the NRA.
Polling Results from Key Congressional Districts