Declaration of Insurrection?
This Is The NRA?
The Seeds of Insurgency?
- The NRA Moves Dangerously Far to The Right--MSNBC
MSNBC's Chris Hayes comments on the NRA convention and on how far to the right it has shifted.
- At NRA Convention, Dueling Narratives Displayed With Guns--NPR
While the talk inside the Texas convention hall this weekend is about keeping up the fight against gun restrictions and staying true to the Constitution, a small protest against gun violence is being held outside.
Joining The Insurgency?
The recently concluded NRA Convention, in addition to be a trade show for the manufacturers that they basically are a voice for, also was a sort of victory lap. They had much to celebrate, having used their influence to defeat legislation that had support of %90 of the population.
But was there something else that this convention marked? Could this be the sign that the NRA has joined with the hard-right wing of the GOP? It's list of speakers did not seem that much different from any other far-right body, and some of the rhetoric sounded like what you would hear from an insurgent group in another country.
The idea of insurrections needing a political arm is nothing new. The Irish Republican Army had a political arm, the African National Congress had an armed wing, and two movements in Palestine that are seen as terrorists by the United States are struggling for control of that region.
This alliance between the NRA and the American far right may be more a matter of geography. The NRA's base is likely in the rural, more homogeneous areas of the United States that the GOP counts on for it's support. The population of these areas is slowing shrinking as America becomes a more diverse, tolerant and urban society.
As the ideas of White, Heterosexual, Male dominance fade, those who cling may feel threatened. The idea of a Black Man as President, and the potential of a Woman being next in line, homosexuals being portrayed on television in a non-stereotypical way, etc, may be enough to make some people think, or be convinced that the electoral process has failed them. This is a common concept that can lead to calls to take up arms.
So what can be done to combat this? The answer is simple, tie the two together, like what the Coalition To Stop Gun Violence has done somewhat. Also, the same groups that worked so hard to get background checks, etc even to the floor of Congress need to keep informed and active, waiting for the next mass shooting will not work.