‘I DON’T THINK THE NRA IS A VILLAIN’: OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR & OBAMA SUPPORTER’S SURPRISING IDEA ON GUNS & THE 2ND AMENDMENT
It’s a rare occasion to see CNN host Piers Morgan sit silently for nearly two minutes. It’s also a rare occasion for him to allow a guest to praise the NRA uninterrupted on his program.
However, that’s exactly what happened when Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss spouted his theory about guns and gun ownership.
It was near the end of a lengthy interview, covering a wide range of topics like the actor’s new, non-profit Dreyfuss Initiative to teach civics and his struggles from being bi-polar, when the CNN host brought up his pet peeve: “The power of the NRA and the apparent intransigence of Washington to do anything about that.”
Dreyfuss, a perceived liberal, seemed to surprise Morgan when he suggested that the NRA — and not the U.S. government — should decide who can own guns and which guns should be in the hands of the American people.
Dreyfuss, who talked openly about impeaching President Bush in 2008, and in the past has almost exclusively given money to Democrat candidates, calls himself a “libo-conservo-middle-of-the-roado.” But, the actor doesn’t think the NRA is as awful as some make it out to be.
“First of all, I don’t think the NRA is a villain,” he said. “And I don’t think that the people against the NRA are villains. I believe that’s a problem with the press that started with an ‘us – them’ problem.”
After explaining his thoughts on the ambiguity of the Second Amendment, Dreyfuss offered a plan based on his understanding of the “original mandate of the NRA” — “to train responsible gun ownership.”
Dreyfus proposed, “They (the NRA) should train excellence in gun ownership. They should create the short list of the guns that are allowed at home. And every other gun they say is legal like – people killers and nuclear-tipped semi-automatics should be held in armories owned and controlled by the NRA, not the government.”
As Morgan remained silent, Dreyfuss offered a supporting analogy.
“Remember that this is a gun culture. It’s also a car culture,” he said. “And no one with any brains would let someone untrained get behind the wheel of a car.”
The actor wrapped up his proposition with a statement that is likely to raise eyebrows from many on the political left, declaring, “The NRA should be thought of, or think of themselves as heroes and take care of this problem.”
Morgan finally commented, “Pretty large stretch for some of us to look at people like Wayne LaPierre as heroes, but an interesting argument you put forward there.”
Dreyfus responded by letting Morgan know that it was not just some wild theory, but an idea he had already pitched to a former NRA president and after he asked her what she thought of his plan, she (probably Marion Hammer or Sandra Froman – the NRA’s two female presidents) reportedly told him, “What did I think? I did back flips, and I’m calling people.”
Sorry Richard, but the Second Amendment says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Nobody, including third party entities such as the NRA, is entitled to infringe upon the rights of the American people.
So let me get this right:
There’s a shooting at an airport and a TSA agent dies. Afterwards, people call for arming TSA agents and it is applauded as “a sensible response to a tragedy.”
There is a shooting in a school and children die. The NRA calls for armed security in schools and everyone calls them crazy.
I sense BS here.
The National Rifle Association announced on Monday that Austin Weiss, famous for owning custom vehicle auto-shop “The Garage,” will join their team as a contributor.
“Meet the newest NRA News Commentator Austin Weiss, a guy with an affinity for beautifully crafted machines who splits his time between designing custom-built cars and motorcycles and taking a stand for firearms and the Second Amendment,” the NRA said.
Weiss said in an announcement video that he aims to be a spokesman for the younger generation.
“There’s a lot of younger generation individuals that agree with what I have to say but don’t know how to say it,” he said. “I think there needs to be a leader or somebody that people can relate to in their age bracket that they understand.”
“There’s a lot of people that want to like guns, but don’t want to like guns publicly, so they do it kind of privately,” Weiss added, noting his posts on social media that include firearms average a lot more “likes” than others.
You have no right to “feel safe.” Grow up.
The only safety you are entitled to is the safety you create and defend. The police do NOT have a legal obligation to defend you.
The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking “Fast and Furious” documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege.
Is America’s oldest civil rights group .
Which was started by two civil war generals in order to arm and train blacks so they could defend themselves. The more you know…
I found a book I never knew I had.
Democratic anti-gun 'guide' urged using Trayvon Martin's death to hit NRA, guns | WashingtonExaminer.com
Newly uncovered Democratic anti-NRA talking points urge anti-gun advocates and politicians to hype high-profile gun incidents like the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin to win support for new gun control laws. In talking points likely followed by top Democratic leaders including President Obama after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December, the anti-gun guide urged gun foes to speak out when a shooting creates a unique climate to shout down the National Rifle Association. The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak, said the 80-page document titled Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging, and produced by three Democratic firms led by the polling and research outfit Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The guide was produced in 2012, before the Sandy Hook shootings. According to a report posted on NRA News from Examiner.com, not connected to the Washington Examiner, it was developed to help anti-gun advocates in Washington State’s effort to control gun purchases, though it clearly has national overtones and uses, especially as groups like Mayors Against Illegal Guns — a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner client — expand their fight for gun control.
The National Rifle Association blasted Eric Holder for using the George Zimmerman case to attack “stand-your-ground” laws, accusing the attorney general of exploiting Trayvon Martin’s shooting death for political gain.
I agree with Mr. Jefferson, do you?
Anyone with suggestions on improving Massachusetts’ gun laws will get another chance to have their say before lawmakers act.
On Monday, the Public Safety Committee is holding a public hearing at Assumption College in Worcester on nearly 60 gun related bills.
Some employees of an eastern Ohio school district will be allowed to carry guns on school property under a new policy going into effect in the fall.
“The loony left’s reflexive hatred of the 2nd Amendment is founded in the concept that people who don’t break the law are somehow evil for exercising the Constitutional rights.”
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