The National Rifle Association (NRA) has released another off-the-rails video, this time attacking the Washington Post. They accuse the newspaper of trying to take away gun rights, The Hill reports.
This NRA video is as shocking as the rest
In the video, conservative talk show host Grant Stinchfield attacks the Post for “tarnish[ing] gun owners in an effort to take away our Second Amendment freedoms.” He criticized the newspaper, calling it a “fake news outlet.” He also accused the Post of running a “blatantly false” story.
Stinchfield’s rant follows on the heels of a shocking video released by the NRA featuring Dana Loesch in late June. In the video, she attacked the media, Hollywood and other U.S. institutions. Encouraging more gun owners to join the right-wing organization, she had this to say:
The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies is with the clenched fist of truth.
— NRATV (@NRATV) June 28, 2017
Critics said the video divided people and exploited the shootings that wounded Rep Steve Scalise at a Congressional baseball practice.
This is all part of the epidemic.
Stinchfield’s video was no less divisive, and he calls for gun owners to vilify the Post. Some of his accusations are pretty wild:
The Washington Post isn’t mad about the lack of guns, it’s mad about an abundance of truth — the truth about their role in the organized anarchy of the violent left by spreading lies about those who disagree with their radical agenda.
At one point in the video, he tells the Post to not “worry about how many guns are in our videos — worry about how many facts are in your articles.”
You people do more to damage our country with a keyboard than any NRA member has ever done with a firearm! Your paper’s new slogan may read ‘Democracy dies in darkness’ — it should say ‘journalism dies at the Washington Post.’
What Loesch and Stinchfield don’t mention is that scores of Americans have died thanks to the NRA and its “freedoms.” As Media Matters for America (MMFA) notes, whenever mass shootings happen, the NRA reacts by encouraging the loosening of gun safety laws. And the organization can hardly blame the Washington Post when it reports things like this, in regards to the murders of nine black church members at a church in Charleston, South Carolina:
Following the mass murder at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, the NRA went into its post mass-shooting standard operating procedure — shutting down its social media accounts and refusing to speak to the press.
It’s always “too soon.”
But controversy followed after one NRA board member blamed the shooting on the church’s murdered pastor, who openly advocated for gun control. That finally forced the NRA to issue an official statement. It attempted to distance itself from the board member’s comments by claiming that out of “respect” for the victims, “we do not feel that this is [an] appropriate time for a political debate.” The organization then added “we will have no further comment until the facts are known.”
Of course this is 100% Grade-A bullshit. If the NRA wanted to respect the victims, the best way to do that is to advocate for more effective gun laws. That doesn’t sell firearms, though, so the NRA isn’t interested. It’s easier to drag the Washington Post through the dreck because they’ve sounded the alarm on gun violence in America.
But this map shows just how serious the gun violence epidemic in this country truly is:
And the Gun Violence Archive reports that there have been more than 33,800 incidences involving guns in 2017 — and this includes 8,408 fatalities. There were 157 incidences in which a police officer was shot or killed, and 1,126 incidences in which officers wounded or killed suspects. But if there’s one thing that becomes clear, it’s this: We need stricter gun control laws in this country.
The NRA can keep crying in its flint and lead flavored beer. The Washington Post and other newspapers must keep sounding the alarm on this organization and its dangerous hypocrisy.
Here’s what Stinchfield had to say in the video below.
Featured image courtesy of NRA/YouTube
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