Not even a full week in office and National Rifle President Oliver North is already making headlines. Maybe for the wrong reasons…
North seemingly called anti-gunners civil terrorists in an interview with The Washington Times. Next thing ya know, the mainstream media are running wild with the statement and at least one parent of a deceased Parkland student is lashing out at Ollie.
“Throughout this process I have refused to personally attack anyone. However, your ridiculous, hateful, shameful, cruel, stupid, pathetic remark has certainly tested me,” said Fred Guttenberg whose daughter was killed during the Feb. 14 massacre. “So that we are clear, the other Parkland gun crime victims and I are not civil terrorists.”
“We are a determined group. We will end your reign of terror and we will pass common sense gun safety in this country. Your remarks sound like the remarks of a lobby that has already lost the argument and so you attack us,” Guttenberg concluded.
Upon closer inspection, though, North wasn’t calling all gun-control activists “civil terrorists.” If you actually read the interview (I know that’s asking a lot these days, for people to read the text), he was referring to a disruptive subset that was engaging in criminal activity. Not limited to making personal threats and splashing fake blood on the home of an NRA employee.
With respect to those individuals, North said, “They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America.”
“You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing,” he continued. “We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today.”
North makes a fair point. It’s one thing for anti-gunners to congregate with their pals David Hogg and Alyssa Milano and peacefully protest the nation’s gun lobby. It’s quite another for them to intimidate NRA members and vandalize their homes. As this war over gun rights continues, it’s important for the radical and potentially violent fringe of the gun ban movement to remember that keeping things civil is in their best interest. After all, we are the ones with the guns.
And to Mr. Guttenberg, you say you will end the NRA’s “reign of terror.” What did you mean by that?
The NRA is a civil rights organization with at least five million law-abiding members. Last I checked, its core mission was to encourage citizens to exercise their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. That’s not a “reign of terror” — it’s a fight against tyranny.