Friday, January 18, 2013

NRA - Stand and Fight

Pretty good, isn't it? I know I've already pointed out (today, even) that these people have completely lost their minds, but... you really have to wonder, don't you? How could even the NRA be crazy enough to target the president's children in a political attack?

And using an argument this dumb? I'm beginning to wonder if there are people within the NRA itself who are working to bring it down from the inside. Of course, that would have to include its highest officers, so that does seems a little unlikely. :)

Here's Cenk Uygur, who shows the original ad, if you haven't seen it:

Late edit: Rather than make a separate post, I thought I'd just tack this on here:
Last week there was a big commotion about that NRA ad calling the President an ‘elitist hypocrite’ for sending his daughters to a school with armed guards while denying that same armed protection to kids around the country.

Most people focused on how disgusting it was to drag the President’s daughters into a political attack on the president or how the president actually wasn’t opposed to schools having armed guards and a bunch of other stuff. After all, the leadership of the NRA is one of the most rancid players in US politics. But it turns out the critics weren’t aiming high enough with the critiques.

Everyone basically took it for granted that it must be true that Sidwell Friends School, the school in question, has armed guards. After all, the President’s daughters go there, as do the kids of a lot of other high profile people in DC. So it does seem sort of plausible. And why would they say it if it weren’t true? Famous last words.

But it turns out the whole thing was a lie. Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s factchecker who I’ve frequently criticized on other matters, picked up the phone and called Sidwell and they emphatically deny the claim. According to Ellis Turner, Associate head of Sidwell Friends, “Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.”

Well, lying doesn't matter if it's for God and guns, right?


Jeff said...

If memory serves, didn't Chelsea Clinton go to school at Sidwell Friends?

This is strictly speculation on my part, but I'm guessing the Secret Service would have a considerable say in terms of where the President sends his children to school.

WCG said...

Yes, you're right, Jeff.

And I'm sure the Secret Service would have plenty to say about this, although the decision would always be the President's and the First Lady's.