Bigot of the Week Award: January 18, National Rifle Association. Again. Really.

18 Jan
Bigot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

In the month since the Sandy Hook shootings, the NRA (Nasty Repulsive Arrogant) has exceeded all its previous behavior and shown its true colors at every turn. Somehow, they managed to top themselves AGAIN this week. In a clear preemptive strike against President Obama’s upcoming press conference — at which he discussed VP Biden’s gun task force recommendations — the shoot everybody ‘casue some of ’em are bound to be guilty organization released their most odious and racist advertisement yet.

The spot, titled “Elitist Hypocrite” targets the President, presumably to undermine his credibility before he even presented his plan. The sick, tragic core of the ad is an attack on his parenting skills based on gross misinformation about his daughters and their school. (The ad is here if you can stomach it.) An ominous voice asks “Are the President’s kids more important than yours?” The rest of the ad talks about the security given to the President’s children and mentions the security staff at the school they attend. It then calls the President a hypocrite for protecting his kids and opposing armed guards at every school in the country.

This is so vile on so many levels that I don’t know where to start. What happened to the simple decency of leaving presidential kids alone as innocent members of an important family? Oops! Did I just expect decency from the NRA? Silly me.

They also neatly overlook the fact that these two children are at massively higher risk than most other kids and that providing security for the families of dozens of high-profile political families is common sense and long-established practice. Whatever the NRA would like us to believe, they also lie about the Obama girls’ school. It has NO ARMED PRESENCE. The security officers carry no weapons, making the hypocrisy charge an ugly falsehood.

Can we also talk about racism here? Need I really remind the NRA that people of color are profiled unjustly in such horrifically disproportionate ways?

Can anyone take this bloated lobbying whore seriously? Well over 90% of Americans (including 90% of gun owners) support common sense gun reforms including background checks. Of course those who only profit from more gun sales don’t care who is safe or what anyone thinks. They just lie their way to the bank.

Thanks go to my friend Jennifer Carey for this week’s dishonorable mention. Mike O’Neal (R), Speaker of the House in Kansas, sent an email to his colleagues calling for the death of President Obama. Lifting a passage from the bible (Psalm 109, calling for the death of a leader), he gleefully wished of the President

May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

O’Neal refuses to apologize and insists the comment was taken out of context. How exactly a direct bible quote with the observation “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president!” is out of context he didn’t bother to explain.  What kind of monster is O’Neal? It will take a lot more than prayers to help this man.

16 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: January 18, National Rifle Association. Again. Really.”

  1. Jani January 18, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Just wow. How is he not fired? Oh, that right.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 18, 2013 at 7:09 am #

      Not only fired, but how is that he is not being brought up on charges of treason?

      • Jani January 18, 2013 at 9:19 am #

        That should have said “Oh, that’s right.” but yeah. It should be treason as well. Or atleast a threat against him that would otherwise be eliminated. Gawd

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 18, 2013 at 9:20 am #

        We certainly have our work cut out for us as social workers.

      • Jani January 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm #


  2. Central Oregon Coast NOW January 18, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    O’Neal’s comments may be even worse than the NRA’s. There is at least one petition drive calling for his resignation.

  3. prideinmadness January 18, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    I think we’ll hear a lot from the NRA this year….

  4. Christine Noble January 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    The NRA has a long and tawdry history of overt racism. They supported Reagan’s gun bans in the 60’s in California b/c the Black Panthers touted gun ownership as a way for PoC to defend themselves from police brutality.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 19, 2013 at 7:38 am #

      I love that you pointed this out! How ironic that it is young white males we need to be worried about, while instead we profile men of color.


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