NRA News Commentator Colion Noir appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday to talk — well, you guessed it — guns!
Colion did an amazing job! He was poised, articulate and informative, proving why he is perhaps the leading voice of the modern-day pro-gun movement.
What makes Noir so formidable is, yes, his rhetorical brilliance but also the fact that he is eminently likable. He connects with mainstream viewers, especially millennials, in a way that the old guard at the nation’s gun lobby just can’t.
What Noir accomplished on Friday was no small feat. Before an anti-gun crowd, Colion was able to dispel common myths about black rifles (the “AR” in AR-15 doesn’t stand for “Assault Rifle,” the difference between full auto and semiauto) thus encouraging the audience to examine its preconceptions about firearms. Probably no one is going to change his or her mind about guns after seeing one interview yet nudging an individual just enough to think, “Hmmm, I didn’t know that,” may start him or her down a path that leads to a greater understanding of firearms. Because as Maher openly admitted during the interview, when it comes to guns Liberals don’t know much if anything at all.
Speaking of Maher, he deserves credit too. He was a gracious host who seemed genuinely curious to learn more about guns and to expose his audience to a dyed-in-the-wool “gun nut.” There were no gotcha questions. Maher, who can be very condescending at times, was quite respectful throughout.
While the interview with Maher was relative buddy-buddy, things heated up during the “Overtime” segment. Noir locked horns with Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress. Watch and enjoy.