Recent arguments that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is not to blame for the mass shootings plaguing our schools and country are full of holes.
How? Because whenever sensible citizens even propose the regulation of the military-style assault weapons used in these massacres, the NRA dangles its cash until just enough legislators acquiesce and block or otherwise subvert the proposed regulations.
For the regulations that do happen to slip through and get passed by majorities of local voters? NRA-backed lawsuits employ disingenuous arguments that regulating assault weapons violates the Second Amendment and individual rights. The qualifier "a well-regulated militia" aside, who in their right mind really believes our Founding Fathers would have favored granting individual rights to the unforeseen lethal capabilities of weapons like the AR-15? Does the NRA also believe I should be able to own and practice out back with rocket-propelled grenades? How about a howitzer tank?
Imagine the death toll in our neighborhoods in the face of zero auto traffic regulations. Let's get rid of stop signs and traffic lights while we're at it. Now imagine an organization whose main purpose has morphed into preventing regulation of traffic because—say—fast cars sell, time is money, and individuals have the right to get from point A to point B as fast as they can or want, public safety be damned. Don't tell me that organization would not be responsible for the mounting death toll.
Until the NRA leadership does an about-face and endorses buy-back programs and the common sense gun regulations the majority in our country now demand, their organization is very much to blame and should be ostracized and boycotted as an unethical sponsor of domestic terrorism.