The Left doesn't believe the National Rifle Association can do anything right. Last week, it held its yearly meeting in Atlanta, an event which got a lot of attention because President Trump actually spoke at the controversial conference. Former White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche also was a featured speaker, and he told a story about his son during the meeting aimed at pro-gun enthusiasts:
LaRoche talked about the importance of fatherhood, his joy in teaching his son hunting, and his work with charities fighting sex trafficking. His remarks concluded, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, gave father and son gifts on behalf of the organization, a pair of Daniel Defense AR-15 rifles with suppressors. Cox made a quick joke about how the gift of the gun to the younger LaRoche was just to annoy the media, and there was a knowing chuckle throughout the crowd.
At the NRA convention, the firing pins from all firearms so the weapons on display didn't work and couldn't be fired. However, the press seemed to want to take photos of children who were picking up the (inoperable) firearms to get a feel for them. Jim Geraghty reports:
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation offered a photo essay of the convention’s kids last year. Politico, MSNBC, and the Houston Chronicle all featured images of children holding guns — perfectly accurate photojournalism, but an image that no doubt was selected to stir a particular emotional response.
And this isn't the first time. According to NRO, the media has a habit of taking photos of kids at the convention, which gives"The New York Daily News featured a wide selection of these shots in 2013, denouncing the organization’s 'Youth Day' as 'sick' and quoting one activist: 'They shouldn’t be teaching kids how to use guns. What happens when they get older? They might become like that Connecticut killer.'" Of course, this is questionable logic. According to a recent report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, called, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across The United States 2016, gun owners are one of the most respectable, law abiding segments of American society:
The data revealed that from 2005 to 2007, “there were 103 crimes per 100,000 police officers,” while the U.S. population’s crime rate is 37 times that number.
Permit holders are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors at less than a sixth of the rate of police officers, according to the study. Officers also commit firearm violations, 16.5 per 100,000, seven times more frequently than permit holders, at only 2.4 per 100,000 in Texas and Florida.
But the Left has also targeted the NRA's “Eddie Eagle GunSafe” program as "bad for kids." The simple programs teachers youngsters what to do if they find a gun -- stop, don’t touch, run away, and tell a grown-up -- a lesson parents should teach their kids. NRO reports, "Nothing in the program encourages kids to want guns, purchase guns when they’re older, or shoot guns. The potential harm of a gun in the wrong hands — and unprepared hands are the wrong hands — is made clear."
It's not enough for liberals. A Florida mother said the program would only be acceptable if it taught that guns were inherently bad. “They’ve just undone seven years of parenting in one hour," she said. HuffPo writer Mike Weisser said Eddie Eagle was a “cynical and craven marketing ploy.” The Brady Campaign says it “normalizes the presence of guns in kids’ lives from a very early age.”
It goes without saying that the press is fixated on trying to find the NRA as disturbing as possible... no matter what they do, no matter what they teach. When "gun avoidance" is not enough for you, perhaps you might need to rethink your hysterical aversion and begin living in the real world. Covering your eyes and hoping guns go away isn't going to help anyone.
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