Letter to the editor: NRA characterized by sense of entitlement

By DON FOY | La Farge

It looks like the National Rifle Association’s leadership and advocates are getting more limber in their responses to school massacres — there’s certainly been enough practice.

After the Texas shooting, some of them quickly said video games and a permissive culture are to blame. Video games, maybe, but a lot of kids play video games and don’t go on to shooting real people. As for permissiveness, well, I don’t quite think that’s the key that fits the lock. But it might be something that looks a bit like it from a distance. I’d say it’s a widespread sense of entitlement: infinite entitlement. It’s at the bottom of a lot of our problems. It’s a feeling that “I’m the emperor of my kingdom, and any authority that wants to restrain me by claiming my behavior may impact others is bogus.”

In fact, this is exactly the emotional atmosphere of much of today’s NRA (and other Trump-supporting groups). This atmosphere is like a bow wave that precedes the NRA’s statements and positions. Its spokespeople explicitly and implicitly sell the image of the gun owner as the lone defender against government redcoats, a zombie apocalypse, and even mass shooters. The modern NRA is essentially antisocial and morbidly individualistic, encouraging members to crown themselves “little emperors.” We can see this in its willingness to defend its perceived Second Amendment rights to the last drop of a school child’s blood. Human sacrifice to the gods of ego. This is no metaphor; it’s brutally real.

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