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Backlash to NRA Rampage Reloads Gun Reform

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LaPierre Should Stop Confusing Lying with Speaking

Here's the easy answer to three questions no one expected a year ago: "NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre."


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1) Whose sleazy, million-dollar-a-year gun lobbyist perfectly reflects in tone and message our most predatory consumer industry (whose sales surge after school massacres)?


If raging NRA assaults are the gun makers' notion of good PR -- warding off political intrusion -- they're as loony as the terrified arms collectors they profitably equip. Hiring the NRA as industry lobbyist recalls W. pushing Colin Powell out to sell WMDs, and the backfire forces the impossible only last November: actual gun reform. The fiery recoil to LaPierre's shrillness, from children's safety to the looming (ethnic) apocalypse, fills this huge election void by focusing endless media crosshairs on violent gun surges.


2) What earsplitting shill has achieved a second, incredible threshold: to position garden-variety, rightwing obstructionists (from Boehner-McConnell to Romney-Ryan, plus every GOP Primary clown) on the normal side of derangement?


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Few bulldoze the airwaves like LaPierre, slavish to my ex-favorite political hack's war cry: "Don't Retreat . . .Reload." Of course, the literate Sarah Palin spoke in metaphor, not so with the NRA. Beware talk radio goons, Wayne's nightmare vision trumps even your blithering! Sorry, West, Bachmann, and Steve King: your delusions are toast, crumbled by this walking, talking, self-caricature of the loudmouth, rabid gun nut.  


3) Finally, whose farrago of fear-mongering undermines the "vast, rightwing conspiracy" meme, putting the lie to projections some reactionary cabal masterfully "runs the show," let alone can save the NRA-Good Old Tea Party from growing irrelevance?


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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)

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