October 20, 2003

NRA List

The NRA Blacklist website has posted a direct link to the NRA's list of folks who they view as their enemies, or, in their words: "Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions."

Who are the folks/organizations on the list? A sample: Sean Connery; American Academy of Pediatrics; Sigourney Weaver; U.S. Catholic Conference; Eli Wallach; Bruce Springsteen; American Psychological Association; Rosemary Clooney; B'nai B'rith; Julia Child; Doug Flutie; Denis Leary... Well, it's a long list so you'd probably best look at it yourself.

Someone ought to tell the NRA that Rosemary Clooney passed away last year. I'm sure they'll be happy to know it was not a gun-related death.

I've seen criticisms of this site for calling the NRA's list a "blacklist" since they don't appear to be advocating specific action against these folks/organizations. I think those criticisms miss the obvious story. This list is the NRA's own chronicle of the people who appear to be for sensible gun control like the Brady Act and the assault weapons ban (which they naturally label as "the Clinton 'assault weapons' ban"). My reaction is: Wow. Long list. We're not looking at fanatics here. This list tells me that a helluva lot of Americans want sensible gun laws. The story is not what the NRA plans to do with this list (I'm sure plenty of organizations, conservative and liberal, have lists of their opponents). The story is how many sensible people think that they're nuts.

(BTW - hat tip to Bob for the story)
[Update: The NRA culled the dead folks off the list about a day after I posted this.]

Posted by James at October 20, 2003 2:35 PM
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By opposing the Brady Bill he NRA seems to advocate the right to bear arms while you're still angry.

Posted by: Mike at October 20, 2003 2:56 PM

"I've seen criticisms of this site for calling the NRA's list a '"blacklist' since they don't appear to be advocating specific action against these folks/organizations."

An argument akin to the one employed by the anti-choice groups who hosted websites showing "WANTED" posters of doctors who provide abortions. They argued that it's just a list of doctors, and it's all about free speech.

Wrong. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said these were illegal threats and not free speech.

Read more here: http://www.now.org/issues/abortion/052002acla.html

Posted by: Patti M. at October 20, 2003 4:23 PM

By the way, the music that plays on the NRA Blacklist website is "A Gringo Like Me"
from the film "Gunfight at Red Sands."


Posted by: Patti M. at October 20, 2003 4:32 PM

I agree with Julia Child on just about everything (except the joy of making pastry).

I can understand why the NRA feels threatened. That's no surprise; I think the NRA is all about fear. Being afraid of dead entertainers and aging chefs and geriatric actors is just sad. They turned the corner from super-macho image to paranoid conspiracy freak a long time ago.

Charlton Heston lost his mind and did and said a lot of tasteful and/or irresponsible things as PotNRA. Eventually he had the good manners to admit it that his brain wasn't working to capacity. Unfortunately, the rest of the NRA seems to have missed that memo.

Posted by: julie at October 20, 2003 7:39 PM

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