Van Jones, noted political commentator for CNN, trotted out the comparison that the National Rifle Association is the modern day Ku Klux Klan. Apparently, all the Hitler comparisons were already taken.
On Thursday’s Newsroom, Jones said the NRA has “played a net-destructive role” in lawmakers’ attempts to solve gun violence that has left many of them in “fear” that the gun-rights organization is too powerful to overcome. Jones also said the NRA has used that power to stifle any meaningful gun regulation, innovation, and experimenting with different proposals to try and lessen the impact of gun violence across the country.
“I don't know of any of the things being proposed would make any difference at all yet," Jones admitted. "But we should know more than we know right now. We should have been able to try things and we haven't been able to."
And because of that, Jones continued, the young students protesting guns in the wake of the Florida high school shooting see the NRA as their enemy:
“To them, the NRA is like the KKK — it's just some hostile force that is against them, that's risking their lives."
Jones said young people aren’t fighting for their futures, but “fighting for their right to survive to have a future.”
“They’re fighting for their right to stay alive, and they do not see the NRA as a friend in that fight,” he said.
The NRA has become the villain in these debates, as if the organization was holding the gun that killed 17 people, when in fact, the organization has been teaching gun safety and responsible ownership for its entire existence. Perhaps someone at CNN could tell these young people that and stop filling their heads with nonsense about the “modern day Ku Klux Klan.”