The lengths to which politicians like Rep. Mica (R-Fl.) will go to mine for votes amongst the perpetually under-imaginary-siege gun enthusiasts is astonishing. Or at least it was in the first few years it happened.
Look – the national gun control lobby has been effectively dead for more than a decade now. But that doesn’t stop fundamentally dishonest organizations like the NRA from attempting to undermine our ongoing civic conversation in the service of their own membership-building activities.
It’s time to call bullshit on these liars. In exactly those terms.
And as I note almost every time I write about the NRA’s fear-mongering: I’ve owned a gun all of my adult life, and my first encounter with the NRA was with a hunter safety class I took when I was 12 years old. I don’t hate guns. I hate what dishonest liars like the NRA and John Mica are using guns to do.