Gun violence author Mark Ames:
...I grew up with guns, and despite a couple of bad episodes involving guns and a drunken violent stepfather, I have a reflexive contempt for people who haven’t gone shooting and tell you that gun control laws are the answer.
Well, guess what? Their knee-jerk solution is more right than mine.
In the past I've argued gun control with a number of sane gun owners, NRA members, who disliked the NRA's fear tactics, but they feared gun control more and some also believed that the government secretly desired to disarm Americans. I suspect Sandy Hook has changed some minds, like Mark Ames.
Passing gun restrictions today probably wouldn’t do much to slow down rampage massacres, at least not for awhile — but the politics of sweeping gun control laws could have a huge transformative effect over time. It’s no longer impossible for me to ignore that fact.
Which means it’s also no longer possible for me to ignore the National Rifle Association, and its hick fascism politics that’ve been poisoning our culture ever since the NRA’s infamous "coup" in 1977, when the NRA was taken over by far-right fanatics led by a convicted murderer and onetime US Border Guards chief named Harlon Carter — whose previous claim to fame was when he led a massive crackdown on Mexican immigrant laborers called "Operation Wetback." That’s not a typo by the way.
Ames explores the NRA's history and how it morphed into a truly fanatical right wing organization. He goes on to explain something the press fails to realize
The more batshit malevolent the gun cult gets, the more power they exert. Just ignore the periodic squeals from the rest of the country, and keep pushing the batshit envelope. ...
It’s not exactly a revelation to learn that the NRA is run by hick fascist nutjobs, although we quickly forget just how toxic they are without constant reminding. But each time you peel off a layer, it’s more shocking than you expected it be.
This is an excellent article that explains how plutocrats like the Koch brothers have encouraged gun nuttery and used it to energize the Republican Party. It's nice to see that some gun owners get it.
[h/t Balloon Juice]