Friday, August 08, 2008

The NRA: we've got you in our sights

Say you are an organization with a certain...let's say...political agenda. And there are a number of organizations who oppose, vigorously oppose, your agenda. Wouldn't it be useful to have a person on your payroll, a spy, in the upper echelons, maybe even on the board, of these opposing groups?

Does it sound like some Cold War tale? Commies on the school board? Fellow Travelers in the State Department?

Mary Lou Sapone, a "research consultant" (oh yeah!) for a "private security firm," has been spying on gun-control organizations at the behest of the National Rifle Association. For decades.

Private Security Firm: a company offering services normally associated with the police or military. Blackwater is a private security firm.

You know, mercenaries.

The NRA likes to put forth the simple-minded fiction that it is just a group of good Americans standing up for their rights. Their actions suggest otherwise.

It's been my experience in life that people's attitudes reflect their character. A person who trusts other people can generally be trusted himself. An organization who feels the need to engage in private espionage -- what shadowy misdeeds are they behind? Besides spying on people?

Makes you wonder what other "services" they've contracted for.

Many rank and file members of the NRA are good, law-abiding folks. Move to the upper echelons and you get something quite different. This is not about gun-rights -- this is about an extremist organization pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable in a civil society.

The full story is on the Mother Jones website.


Dan Brekke said...

Doc, you forgot: If you don't like the way things are, exercise your rights and arm yourself. You're in *Texas*, for goodness' sake.

Dr Ralph said...

A few weeks ago, Academy (big box outdoors retailer)had a Sunday morning ad insert. One of the guns came with a free one year membership in the NRA.

It seemed at the time the most perfectly cynical thing I'd ever seen. Pure evil genius.

I'm glad I've got a son in Canada. Hopefully it will improve my chances for immigration some day.