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  •  For the NRA it has been a culture war (7+ / 0-)

    for a long time.  And we would be naive not to see that.  Dig under the "we stand up for our 2nd amendment rights" layer and what do we find?  For what purpose do the extremist portion of NRA membership think the 2nd amendment is telling them to hang on to their guns in this era?  Why has the NRA focused so much on one narrow demographic of US population?   Where are the people of color among the members of the NRA?

    A comment to the article from that link (my bold):

    This translates into an overpowering Country Music/Southern Baptist cultural slant in the NRA, and it’s a major turn-off to most non-rural, non-evangelical gun owners. It also ignores the fact that many of the organization’s most effective spokesmen (like Charlton Heston and Tom Selleck) have been successful ambassadors precisely BECAUSE they’re not simply preaching to the rural, evangelical choir.

    Blacks and Latinos definitely aren’t the only NRA members who feel less than 100% welcome when the country music starts blaring and the Tea Party/evangelical vibe starts thrumming through the convention.

    I’ve got no bone to pick with other people’s faiths or their favorite music, but I personally didn’t sign up to join the National Country Music Tea Party Southern Baptist Rifle Association.

    Connect the dots about the fears of folks in the US who are terrified having an AA president in the White House and political leaders that want to address social justice issues for people of color or LGBT.  Connect the demographic of southern white evangelists, Republicans, Tea Partiers and rural whites who lead the way on RW crazy.  The willingness of a GOP to inflict real hardship on Americans rather than allow the Obama presidency to be viewed in any positive light.

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    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sat May 04, 2013 at 08:44:05 AM PDT

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