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Wisdom of General Mattis

Misrepresenting the NRA

It is expected that the left will blatantly misrepresent the positions of the NRA to be something along the lines of:

"The NRA believes that every citizen, but especially the sociopaths, has a right to nuclear weapons to hunt deer."

Noe of us have enough time to combat the ignorant an basically lunatic statements made to smear this organization by those who consider the Second Amendment to be a misprint. But I don't expect that same sort of foolishness from the right. Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review is one of the brightest lights on the conservative team, but in his column today he says something stunningly dense and factually backwards.

At the same time, they don’t follow the template of the National Rifle Association. They don’t assume, that is, that the only solution to the problems caused by bad people with guns is good people with guns.

Well actually Ramesh that is just wrong and you ought to have a little more respect for what you write than to lob something that dumb into the public square. The NRA believes there are many solutions to the problem of bad people with guns. One of them is that good people with guns serve as a deterrent to violent crime and in extremis a good person may use a gun to stop a mass shooting, but that is far from the "only" solution they assume. They support intelligent regulation of guns, background checks, gun safety training and many other solutions. But hey, if you want to score some points with the cultural elites, just toss a great organization and the millions of quality, law-abiding citizens who are its members under the bus.