The National Rifle Association (NRA) guards our 2nd Amendment rights with great virtue and patriotism. Yet somehow, I doubt the photo above would ever be used on one of their posters. The person pictured is Guardian and The Nation contributor Gary Younge who covered the recent NRA convention in St. Louis, Missouri. He described his experience to Chris Hayes this past weekend on “Up with Chris Hayes“.
Younge encountered folks who you would find quite decent and pleasant so long as the topic wasn’t guns. Once guns was the focus, there was a pronounced paranoia regarding whites being the target of an insurgent black America. A persistent theme was the need to have a gun because the threat to personal safety was ever-present. There was also the completely irrational notion that the federal government, led by Obama, was coming to take your guns away. As Younge points out, this fear flies in the face of Obama’s failing grade with gun control groups.
When you couple Younge’s observations of racial paranoia with the paucity of blacks at the NRA convention, you get the distinct impression that whites with guns represents a free nation while blacks with guns represents this: