If you are looking for the literal embodiment of dysfunction in US political culture and the institutions that serve it, look no further than the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the deadly and divisive role it plays in shaping the political agenda. Specifically, the radically and reliably dishonest, dangerous and deranged legislation they foist upon the American people day in and day out through their purchase of most Republican and many Blue-Dog Democratic officeholders.

I love the way he describes it. As for concrete examples he mentions several including one of our favorites. 

However, this federal government LaPierre’s NRA claims to fear, loathe, hate and despise suddenly becomes their BFFs, when it can be used as a vehicle to undercut gun-safety regulations passed by states regarding access to concealed carry permits. You see, certain states – about a dozen or so – think it’s a swell idea to allow people to get concealed carry permits even if they have a record of domestic abuse, misdemeanour assault with a firearm, known drunkenness and a lack of any training with a gun whatsoever.

Other states, as in most, have decided some of these are disqualifying factors – crazy, right? So the NRA has trotted out a bill that would make all states that have issued at least one concealed carry permit respect concealed carry permits issued in any other state that allows them (49 do), no matter if their requirements for keeping criminals unarmed are much more stringent.

Of course it also goes against everything Republicans claim to cherish: State’s rights, stopping federal overreach and so forth. But then again – when has consistency been a conservative strong point.

What do you think? Do you think it’s a fair accusation that the NRA buys politicians?  Is it right to say the legislation they push is “dishonest, dangerous and deranged?”

MikeB

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