Two recent news’ stories caught my attention because of their wonderful irony. The first is an article by Juan A. Lozano of the Associated Press:
Houston * Companies, customers and others critical of Texas gun rights advocates who have brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of demonstrations supporting “open carry” gun rights now have a surprising ally: the National Rifle Association.
The NRA has long been a zealous advocate for gun owners’ rights. But the group’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, has called the demonstrations counterproductive to promoting gun rights, scary and “downright weird.” The NRA said the demonstrations have “crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness.”
The NRA might also want to look at the Cliven Bundy, Bluff UT area, and Utah Capitol demonstrations. The gun rights’ group helped create this mess, now they’re having to deal with it.
On another subject, according to Lindsay Whitehurst writing for The Salt Lake Tribune:
The Salt Lake City Council could be violating the First Amendment if it tries to officially influence the decision to exclude “Mormons Building Bridges” [a gay-rights’ advocacy group] from the Days of ’47 Parade, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah.
“Under the First Amendment, government officials are not allowed to use their official power to attempt to sway or select the speech or association of private citizens, no matter what the cause,” wrote the ACLU’s executive director, Karen McCreary and legal director John Mejia.
Maybe we truly are in the “Last Days”; the NRA criticizing extreme gun advocates and the typically liberal ACLU protecting discriminators. Gotta love the irony.
While I respect the work of the ACLU, I’m much less enthusiastic about the NRA.
UPDATE: According to Leonard Pitts Jr. writing for The Miami Herald, the NRA has seen the light and decided to descend back into anarchy:
Days later [after the above statement], having come, well . . . under fire, from Texas gun groups, the NRA was in retreat, apologizing and blaming this rare lapse of lucidity on a staff member who apparently failed to drink his full allotment of Kool-Aid. The organization assured its followers that it still supports the right of all people to bring all guns into all places.
This is the NRA we know and love (or do we?).