Movie stars Michael Douglas and Alec Baldwin have put their support behind a new, anti-NRA documentary titled, “Making A Killing: Guns, Greed And The NRA.” I think they’re trying to build up “Oscar buzz” for it.
You can see the trailer for the film below.
Quick question, haven’t we already seen something like this before? (Remember Katie Couric’s “Under the Gun,” and what an epic fail it was? Yeah, she’s now getting sued for defamation by the gun rights activists she misrepresented in the doc.)
It sounds like the same old, same old NRA hit-piece. Now, I haven’t watched the documentary, but I’m pretty sure I can boil down the gist: The NRA is evil. Guns are killing machines. Our only hope to stop the merchants of death at the NRA and the maundering of innocent lives is more “gun safety legislation.”
Yup. Undoubtedly, that’s what this documentary is all about.
What’s funny is all the stuff that they probably don’t share in the documentary. First, the majority of donations to the NRA come from its five million members. In other words, the NRA isn’t a group of fat cat oligarchs pushing an elitist agenda that benefits only a select few, but rather an organization of dedicated individuals that are doing what they can to protect the interests of all their constituents, which is to say the more than 100 million gun owners in America.
That’s right, the NRA has five million benefactors but over 100 million beneficiaries. Can you think of another organization that does so much for so many so effectively? I can’t.
Next, those “killing machines” are indeed deadly weapons. However, that’s the point of them. We want our tools for self-defense to be maximally effective. Why? Because they are all we, the common man, have to defend ourselves from the various faces of evil in the world.
It’s funny, anti-gunners are more often than not selectively anti-gun. Put another way, it’s a classic case of guns for me but not for thee. Anti-gunners are fine when police carry firearms or when Hillary Clinton uses armed guards while out on the campaign trail, but when you or I want to carry discreetly on the streets to protect ourselves and our loved ones, they wig out.
They never seem to imagine a scenario where we’re both in a mall or a supermarket and a madman with a knife or a gun starts slaughtering patrons. I wonder in such a situation if they would still prefer us not to be armed. I wonder if they’d still prefer us to be unable to eliminate the threat. I wonder if they’d still prefer us to be incapable of saving their life and that of their son or daughter. I wonder…
Lastly, I’m positive that the documentary didn’t discuss the inefficacy of so-called “gun safety legislation.” The Clinton-era ban on “assault weapons” was an epic fail. In fact, after it expired in 2004, crime continued to drop, leading any honest criminologist or statistician to conclude that banning black rifles had no effect on crime rates. That’s a really hard pill for gun-grabbers to swallow. And I doubt they touch on it in the film.
Background checks. The highly vaunted background checks. Indubitably this issue is raised in the documentary. The NRA opposes background checks! That’s true, in part. What they don’t tell you is that the NRA actually supports background checks between gun dealers and prospective buyers. What the NRA opposes is criminalizing private transfers. There’s a big difference between the two positions.
For instance, if I want to sell a firearm to my cousin, should I have to go to an FFL, pay a fee to the FFL so that the FFL can run a background check on my cousin? The NRA says no. What if I want to gift a gun to a friend for Christmas? Shall I also have to go through the same background check process? The NRA says no. And I agree.
With that said, and to be candid, if all anti-gunners wanted were universal background checks, the NRA would probably strike a deal. But the reality is that background checks are just the tip of the iceberg. Background checks are where it starts. The endgame, as the NRA is keenly aware, is complete civil disarmament. So, from the NRA’s standpoint, why give up an inch when you know your adversary plans on taking a mile?
For skeptics who believe that complete civil disarmament is overstating the goal of anti-gunners, just look at the new gun laws in California, New York and Connecticut, where many commonly owned and widely popular firearms and accessories are now illegal. And gun-grabbers there, they are still not satisfied! This is the path that gun-grabbers will continue to lead us down knowing full well that it will do nothing to reduce crime but everything to eliminate the rights of law-abiding gun owners. They’re not going to mention that in the film, but that’s the truth.