Piers Morgan pro-tip: NRA is really an assassin society for promoting concealed-carry reciprocity, or something

posted at 1:11 pm on April 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Come on, admit it — you miss having this kind of brilliance on television every weeknight, right? Piers Morgan celebrates the NRA’s Annual Meetings and their new push to provide clarity on interstate use of concealed-carry permits by employing a little character assassination:


Assassins? Morgan’s perspective didn’t improve much with time, either:

Hey, it’s not like a government is forcing everyone within its borders to buy a product from multibillion-dollar corporations, y’know. How did Morgan feel about ObamaCare, anyway? Americans can choose whether to buy firearms or not — which is exactly the liberty that the NRA wants to preserve. As far as being an assassin’s guild, the actual issue is just coordinating reciprocity so that those licensed to carry concealed firearms can travel to other states without inadvertently breaking laws:

With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association’s focus at this week’s annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.

The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling.

“Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.”

The existence of these laws already requires some coordination now. Mostly, it requires anyone taking a weapon over a state line to do a lot of footwork beforehand, sometimes overcoming nearly-insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles. It has nothing to do with the sale of weapons, and in this case the owners have already passed background checks and some level of weapons training. The millions of carry permit holders — myself among them — do not plan on going on ninja missions any time soon, Piers Morgan’s paranoid fantasies notwithstanding.

The NRA, so far, doesn’t seem to be noticing Piers Morgan’s latest meltdown. (Perhaps they might want to use this to start selling ninja gear at their Annual Meetings this weekend.) However, the NRA has a response to Michael Bloomberg’s pledge to spend $50 million of his own money against gun ownership with a campaign of their own. They may not have a multi-billionaire spending millions to buy a “grassroots” network, but they have millions of people willing to part with $25 to match him. Hot Air has the exclusive first look at the NRA’s new campaign:

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Morgan should take a stroll through South Chicago at night unarmed. It could play out one of three ways.
1. He is the latest victim of the knockout game.
2. He gets shot.
3. That cricket pitcher hits him again.. (wish I still had that video link)

My money is on number 1…

tstar44 on April 26, 2014 at 2:32 PM

You know an organization is deeply reactionary when even a stenographer for the right wing elite like Morgan is frightened by them.

For years and years the so-called political “left” in America has offered no serious critique of the NRA, which functions as the paramilitary wing of contemporary American fascism, embodied more generally in the Tea Party movement.

In truth though, the real concern is not that the NRA functions as an assassination agency – the main fear of people like Morgan is that they may lose control of the monster they created.

Trotsky on April 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

What kind of a-hole are you. IF it was not for the NRA a lot of minority folks during the time of the Klan during the civil rights movement would have been unarmed. If it was not for groups like the NRA, the Government would have a majority of us disarmed.

Sorry, my family is just as important as the family of some scumbag politician or POS Hollywood type

Leopard1996 on April 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM

the NRA’s new campaign

Maybe the NRA could use some help from black conservatives.


lynncgb on April 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

The sailors at Kronstadt who were massacred by the Red Army at Kronstadt in 1921 salute Trotsky’s compassion.

MidniteRambler on April 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I put the odds at 2:1 that Trotsky–that is, the poster on this thread, not the Red Army leader who gleefully slaughtered anyone who opposed his agenda during the Russian Civil War–is actually a “reactionary” doing a dead-on parody of the earnest 21-year old humanities major one finds at a campus meeting of the International Socialist Organization.

That is, “Trotsky” is a parody of the sort of zealot who blames every single failure of reality to conform to his or her vision of True Socialism on capitalist sabotage or heresy among the ranks. One more purge, one more show trial, and we shall surely have True Socialism this time around!

The only relevant difference between Stalin and Trotsky is that Stalin was more pragmatic and a better organizer. Both were sociopathic butchers.

MidniteRambler on April 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

lynncgb on April 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

If I’m not mistaken Whoopi Goldberg is a member of the NRA. She, however, can’t be called conservative in any sense of the word.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

lynncgb on April 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

If I’m not mistaken Whoopi Goldberg is a member of the NRA. She, however, can’t be called conservative in any sense of the word.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Whoopi is a member, and so is James Earl Jones. Another is CORE mainstay Roy Innes. Our current Joke of a Secretary of State, Thurston Kerri, is also a NRA member.

And Mikey “Lumpy Riefsenthal” Moore became a NRA Lifetime Member after the Columbine shootings; his original motive was to run for NRA President against Chuck Heston, but that apparently blew up in his face.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

If I’m not mistaken Whoopi Goldberg is a member of the NRA. She, however, can’t be called conservative in any sense of the word.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Oh no, no. Not Whoopi.

I thought the conservatives that were in the video that I linked spoke with absolute conviction and were somewhat compelling. I think that’s a pretty elusive quality in a speaker.
Too many Republicans sound half dead.

lynncgb on April 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Our current Joke of a Secretary of State, Thurston Kerri, is also a NRA member.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

He probably thought he had to be a member to get him a huntin’ license.

Oldnuke on April 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Right. Wellstone was “assented” by an isiot aviator who violated his weather minimums.

Moronic and covered in tinfoil. A deadly combination.

hawkdriver on April 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Nope. other way around. The pilot was assassinated by Wellstone who told him “get me there, or get a new job”

WryTrvllr on April 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM