Joe Henderson: Voices of reason needed in gun debate – Florida Politics (blog)
Dear Gun Owner.
I have a question for you.
I don’t know what kind of weapon you own, or how many. If you bought them legally and hadn’t shot anyone outside the law, your guns are your business.
But the National Rifle Association likes to say it represents all law-abiding gun owners by protecting their Second Amendment rights, so it became a bit of a deal when the NRA’s new president, Oliver North, said the organization is facing “civil terrorism” from protesters.
“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America,” he said in a recent interview with the Washington Times.
“You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing. We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today.”
He’s right. There wasn’t that “kind of thing.”
There were lynchings.
Just saying …
North told of blood being splashed on the home of an NRA leader in Virginia and said there have threats against others in the organization.
Fair enough. People shouldn’t do that.
But then he said, “What they did very successfully with a frontal assault, and now intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking, is they confused the American people.
“Our job is to get the straight story out about what happened there, and to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen again because the proper things are being done with the advocacy of the NRA.”
Let’s break that down.
The “frontal assault” that got all this going occurred on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas