Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wayne LaPierre Standing Guard: His left hand doesn't know what his right hand is doing.

Apparently, the NRA doesn't have a procedure to remove a Life Member from its membership rolls while they are still alive. After I mailed them two formal letters telling the National Rifle Association why I did not want to be associated with their support for anti-gun Democrats they continue to mail me letters asking for contributions for their political campaigns. They also keep sending me the monthly magazine, American Rifleman. In the latest September issue NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre's Standing Guard column he writes about two minority opinions issued by Supreme Court Justices. Justice Stephen Breyer who he quotes:
"...[T]he Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self-defense." and Justice John Paul Stevens who wrote a second dissenting opinion that American citizens don't even have a right to own guns. 

Wayne LaPierre goes on to say: "Those words in McDonald v. City of Chicago are at the core of a judicial activist attack on the Second Amendment, signed by four associate justices of the United States Supreme Court; John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor."

What Wayne LaPierre fails to recognize is how did these four liberal justices managed to get on the Supreme Court in the first place. They were confirmed by equally liberal members of the United States Senate. I don't know who voted to confirm the first three but I do know that Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the members of the current Senate which is led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and that Senator Reid championed Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation. I also know that the NRA is having some kind of warped love affair with Senator Reid and has been gushing so many kind sentiments about him they seem to want him to get reelected in November.

This tells me that if the NRA is being truly honest in objecting to activist judges then maybe they shouldn't endorse those elected officials who go on to vote to confirm them. And they should not endorse any candidate who has voted to confirm any previous activist judge for any Federal Court position. Even if you believe that the NRA is a strict single issue organization and only concerns itself with Second Amendment issues then they must acknowledge the consequences of their helping some people get elected who go on to cast votes against their primary interest.

It is time for the likes of Wayne LaPierre and Chris W. Cox at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action and the NRA Political Victory Fund to wake up to the reality that you both are incapable of doing your jobs if your right hands don't know what your left hands are doing. Your brain is supposed to control both hands. Start putting it to work.

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