Right-wingers have a very bad track record when it comes to making predictions, but it’s nowhere near as bad as their ability to remember making those predictions. Just like their ability to follow through with promises — whether it’s volunteering to undergo waterboarding, move to Canada, or be in jail — they would rather memory hole these inconvenient truths than own them.
And showing us how it’s done is the NRA, who are now claiming that Hillary Clinton is going to take away your guns — after making that same claim in 2008 and 2012 about President Obama.
Being wrong has never stopped the National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre in the past, so there’s no reason it’d stop him now. After falsely claiming in 2008 and 2012 that Obama was going to take everyone’s guns, he’s back, making the same claim about Hillary Clinton.
While speaking at an NRA annual meeting in Louisville on Friday, LaPierre polished the lie from 2008 and 2012 and dressed it up pretty for the 2016 election:
If she could, Hillary would ban every gun, destroy every magazine, run an entire national security industry right into the ground, and put your name on a government registration list. If she gets her hands on the Supreme Court and stacks it with just one more justice, every total gun ban she dreams, every confiscation scheme that she craves, would stand up in her court and we’ll all be kissing our Second Amendment freedom goodbye.
At what point, I wonder, do these people realize they’re being taken for a ride? Trump’s adviser already tried this and got laughed off CNN for it — which exactly the sort of response that this paranoid, rambling fantasy of white suburbanites terrified of black men deserves.
The NRA has said this for more than eight years now, if not longer. At this point, they’re little better than the militant wing for the John Birch Society. How stupid do you have to be to not see it’s the same lie, with a new enemy of the week attached to it?
It wasn’t true in 2008. It wasn’t true in 2012. It wasn’t true before 2008 and it won’t be true after 2016, and all these self-important fabulists claiming otherwise won’t make it so.
They are not “preventing the government from taking your guns” by calling attention to it. They’re wasting money, time, and energy on anti-tiger rocks when the man peddling it couldn’t even be asked to find a real rock.
After LaPierre peddled his persecution fantasy, Chris W. Cox, the chief lobbyist of the NRA, made a series of nasty remarks against Clinton that, you’ll be shocked to note, were sexist. At one point, Cox called her a “horse” and played a video clip of her barking — because horses bark in whatever world the NRA lives in.
The next president chooses the fifth justice, so the Second Amendment is on the ballot this November.
He also attacked Clinton’s personal life and marriage, but at this point, these sorts of attacks are par for the course with the NRA. This sort of bullying ignorance is something the group shares with the Teflon Don, according to Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America:
Both the NRA and Donald Trump have a long history of misogyny and making misogynistic remarks and implying that her personal life has anything to do with the Second Amendment. It just gets nasty and it gets needlessly personal.
But the NRA thinks this is what it takes to win in 2016, which, just like 2008, and 2012, and presumably 2020 and 2024, is an important time for the Second Amendment.
If we don’t show up to the polls in force this November, we will witness the end of individual freedom in this country. That’s not hyperbole. It’s the truth.
It’s a textbook definition of hyperbole. Perhaps, rather than peddling guns, the NRA should do the world and themselves a favor and start peddling dictionaries, instead.
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