NRA + Terrorists = BFFs!

“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”

Is that the NRA talking? No, it’s from an al Qaeda video, telling its members how easy it is to get a gun in America.

Yep. If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

Edit: Link to the video doesn’t seem to be working. Here’s a few links that may help:

5 thoughts on “NRA + Terrorists = BFFs!

  1. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card…”

    No, you can’t. How absurd.


  2. Except that ABC News just did it. They were able to get a moderately good-sized arsenal for $5000 cash from multiple vendors with no ID, no background check, nothing. And yes, part of the arsenal was a fully-automatic assault rifle (whatever “assault” means in this context).

    When they brought the cameras into the show and interviewed the sellers, they all denied selling for cash without checking IDs. Despite just having done so.


  3. While I agree sales at gun shows must be strictly monitored and all current (and future) gun regulations and background checks should apply to all gun show purchases, I gotta say you’re wrong here, Mike. Unless you’re stating that the NRA actually is the government. I’m not fond of the NRA’s strong arm tactics or extremist views myself. But the NRA does not legally introduce bills, pass laws, nor enforce them. They have far too much access and improper power influencing politicians who are easily-bought, weak-willed, or even bullied. But ultimately, it is the elected officials who have and use the power of regulation.

    Go ahead and protest and complain about the NRA; we absolutely need voices like yours and mine and everyone to express their dissatisfaction – and even satisfaction – about events, laws, and trends. But once you begin maintaining that the NRA is responsible for terrorists getting guns, you’ve effectively stated your opinion that the United States government does not have control. The government does have control, and therefore the responsibility for its actions. Whether they have a spine or not is the real issue.

    I would also point out that the favorite weapon of choice for terrorists are not American made. Nor are they easily or cheaply gotten in the United States. The terrorist weapons of choice are the improvised explosive device (IED), which is.. well.. improvised; the Russian AK-47, which is cheaper ($200 and less) and obtained easier anywhere outside the United States; and the Israeli made Uzi, though it’s diminished in popularity over the years. And while the American made M4 is rising in popularity, fully automatic M4’s can not be legally purchased at gun shows. The only legal, fully automatic machine guns available at gun shows are those manufactured before 1986, are registered with the BAFTE, are highly restricted, and very, very expensive; starting in the thousands per gun. (An M16 goes for $5,000 and up; a Thompson submachine gun is priced at $15,000 and up.) Keep in mind that gun shows are not about arming the country; they’re about making money. This can and does lead to illegal sales, “gray” purchases, and questionable practices. The vast majority of gun sales at gun shows are by the book and completely legal, and the buyers are good, law-abiding citizens who are responsible and safe gun users/collectors. Many have US military training in use of weapons, while others have many years of experience and knowledge in proper use of firearms. (This is slightly off-topic since your blog is not about them. I just want your readers to understand that gun shows are not illegal, back-alley groups that sell weapons to terrorists and neo-Nazis.)

    To call the NRA and terrorists BFF’s is misleading, bordering on inflammatory sensationalism. Sure, terrorists love to get guns. And the NRA is a force in favor of gun ownership. But only for legal US Citizens. To imply a reciprocal relationship – that the NRA is best friends with terrorists – is flat out wrong. The NRA would prefer (foolishly) the proliferation of guns in schools to prevent an attack from happening. The NRA teaches and promotes anti-terrorist tactics. The NRA wants everyone to have guns in order to Kill All Terrorists. Utter nonsense and an extremist world view. But they are no friends of terrorists. Put all the NRA and all the terrorists in a confined space and the world will suddenly have no terrorists left.


  4. No, my only point was that the NRA and terrorists are in complete agreement in wanting guns to be available without any restrictions whatsoever.

    You say that the NRA doesn’t want terrorists to get guns. However, they are doing nothing to prevent that from happening and are actively working to make it easier for terrorists to get guns. That’s why the NRA is a terrorist’s best friend, whether the NRA wants that or not.


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