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(If you don't want to spoil the cartoon, read this after you watch the video.) With the recent shooting in Las Vegas, it's becoming more apparent that the crazed anti-government conspiracy nuts are a danger, to say the least. What is the largest, most well-funded group fanning these flames of insanity? You guessed it, the NRA! I've dealt more specifically with Wayne LaPierre's recent apocalyptic diatribe in another cartoon. Since that cartoon was published, there has been an attack on a courthouse in Georgia and a "revolution" started by killing two police officers who were on their lunch break.  After said revolutionaries made sure that their cats would be cared for.)

I thought it might be a fun exercise to imagine all of those heavily armed open-carry advocates and Wayne LaPierre himself were Muslims. What do you think our politicians and NRA-supporters would be saying then? Can you imagine a dozen or so fully-armed Muslim men carrying AR-15s into a Chili's? Or what the news coverage would be if it was someone of Pakistani descent who attacked the Georgia courthouse or killed the cops in Vegas?

I don't take comparing someone to a violent Islamic extremist lightly, but after the umpteenth mass shooting and a couple of attacks on our justice system, I just had to do it. All you have to do is listen to some of LaPierre's speeches, then listen to the ravings of a few of these shooters and you'll see it's not a very far leap. And just like the cartoon says, the NRA isn't a jihadi organization, they just kinda act like one. You can find more links to articles behind this cartoon on my website, as usual.

[Ominous VO]

What happens when a group of zealots preach extremism and the overthrow of our modern Western society . . .

. . . espousing ancient beliefs of violence, retribution and might.

What happens when this heavily-armed sect wants to destroy our values and blow up our laws with multiple attacks.

What happens when their leaders spout anti-U.S. sermons and enable their adherents to arm themselves and carry out attacks on the Homeland?

What happens when the leaders of the cell recruit a growing number of followers with minds warped by fear and a disturbingly paranoid doctrine . . .

. . . a doctrine that twists the teaching and laws of revered prophets into an unrecognizable, violent new form.

What happens when they begin forcing their beliefs into every part of our daily lives?

What happens when followers, with minds poisoned by these teachings, attack American soft targets on a regular basis, then move to attack our very system of Justice?

What happens?

You send them your membership dollars, accept their campaign contributions and implement sharia-- er, gun rights legislation.

(The National Rifle Association is not, repeat, not, a jihadi organization.  Follow them with all your heart and do what they ask of you.)

Originally posted to Comics on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 06:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Daily Kos.

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  •  If they were not primarily (15+ / 0-)

    white native born americans, it would be the lead story on Fox all day every day.

  •  The outcome is the same, chaos (5+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, mungley, leema, mookins, WakeUpNeo

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:02:37 AM PDT

    •  That's great (1+ / 0-)
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      Next time take a friend or family member with you. Or, help someone with ID, or give some money to a GOTV organization. Look around you at what is going on. The entire middle of the country is going to "turn into Alabama" if we don't do something more. Voting is great, but it's not enough.

  •  Destabilization of society so that predatory (9+ / 0-)

    capitalists can loot the commons while everyone is cowering in fear.

    Great cartoon. Thank you.

    "And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over." - John Masefield

    by mungley on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:07:32 AM PDT

  •  Awesome Comic! (3+ / 0-)

    Although, so disturbingly true.

    When are the politicians who take NRA contributions going to be held to account?

    "Inequality is the root of social evil." ― Pope Francis

    by GoodGod on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:08:30 AM PDT

  •  Increasingly, Markos seems prescient (3+ / 0-)
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    American Taliban

    America’s primary international enemy—Islamic radicalism—insists on government by theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, wants to eradicate homosexuals from society, and insists on the use of force over diplomacy. Remind you of a certain American political party? In American Taliban, Markos Moulitsas pulls no punches as he compares how the Republican Party and Islamic radicals maintain similar worldviews and tactics. Moutlitsas also challenges the media, fellow progressives, and our elected officials to call the radical right on their jihadist tactics more forcefully for the good of our nation and safety of all citizens.

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:11:40 AM PDT

  •  This is what I'm waiting for (9+ / 0-)

      A couple of white open-carry crackpots walk into a restaurant, brandishing their weapons for all to see. A customer at the restaurant, feeling threatened, whips out his own (legal) concealed handgun and unloads a bullet into each of the crackpots, then cites "stand your ground" as the justification for his action.

      The contortions the NRA crowd would have to twist itself into would be a work of art...


    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:11:59 AM PDT

    •  The contortions the RKBA crowd are in now (3+ / 0-)
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      over the CNN story about the 74 school shooting is a disgusting work of art in and of itself.  

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:18:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I don't think it will change anything (4+ / 0-)

      The NRA Wingnuts possess the power of Infinite Denial.

      "It was a False Flag Operation".

      "Those People were NOT Really members of OUR Organization".

      "Get Over It.  That's just the Price of Free-Dumb".

      Rinse and Repeat.  Ad Infinitum, Ad Nausium.

      And when the Sane people FINALLY decide to pass Serious
      Gun Control Laws, that will just be more Proof that They
      were Right ALL ALONG.

      On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

      by Brian76239 on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:52:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Posted in another thread, works here too. (2+ / 0-)
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    leftneckgirl, BusyinCA

    "What do you think our politicians and NRA-supporters would be saying then? Can you imagine a dozen or so fully-armed Muslim men carrying AR-15s into a Chili's?"

    Don't have to imagine what would happen, because it already did.

    Inspired by the teachings of Malcolm X, Newton and Seale decided to fight back. Before he was assassinated in 1965, Malcolm X had preached against Martin Luther King Jr.’s brand of nonviolent resistance. Because the government was “either unable or unwilling to protect the lives and property” of blacks, he said, they had to defend themselves “by whatever means necessary.” Malcolm X illustrated the idea for Ebony magazine by posing for photographs in suit and tie, peering out a window with an M-1 carbine semiautomatic in hand. Malcolm X and the Panthers described their right to use guns in self-defense in constitutional terms. “Article number two of the constitutional amendments,” Malcolm X argued, “provides you and me the right to own a rifle or a shotgun.”

    The Pathers’ efforts provoked an immediate backlash. Republicans in California eagerly supported increased gun control. Governor Reagan told reporters that afternoon that he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.” He called guns a “ridiculous way to solve problems that have to be solved among people of good will.” In a later press conference, Reagan said he didn’t “know of any sportsman who leaves his home with a gun to go out into the field to hunt or for target shooting who carries that gun loaded.” The Mulford Act, he said, “would work no hardship on the honest citizen.

    I wonder what Reagan's NRA rating would be?

    "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."

    by grape crush on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 07:32:50 AM PDT

    •  Two Terrifying Things About Reagan's Speech (0+ / 0-)

      He makes this giant assumption that there are enough people of good will who are actually willing to stand up and solve the problems that Malcolm X and others faced. The fact is there were and still are a lot of people in positions of power that don't like anyone who isn't white, and who actively work malice toward them.

      What's scarier though, is the terms he couches his epistemology justification for this law. By painting anyone who doesn't already do what this then-unpassed law as dishonest is a powerful and dangerous tool for getting all kinds of jackboot-style legislation passed.

  •  NRA = (0+ / 0-)

    NeoNazi Righteous Anarchists

    Nutjob Radical Assholes

    Never Regret Anything

    (Your Idea Here)

  •  The NRA is the biggest and most visible (4+ / 0-)

    but by no means the worst. When the NRA was negotiating with Manchin and Toomey over background checks and such, the even more absolutist Gun Owners of America (GOA) and National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) scared them off.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:09:58 AM PDT

    •  Few know this. More should. Much as we ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... excoriate the NRA - rightly! - there are other national, state and local groups even more obdurate and polar.

      Hard to believe, isn't it!

      2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:43:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Excellent! (2+ / 0-)
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    The correlations are unmistakable. 296 million Americans held hostage by 4 million NRA members.

    The real problem is that our politicians are afraid of the NRA because it would be "political suicide" to cross them. We need our representatives to do just that by putting their cushy jobs on the line to represent the American people. Hell, maybe they will wind up being re-elected by a grateful nation even without the NRA.

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:32:37 AM PDT

    •  If we can convince enough legislators, the ... (2+ / 0-)
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      occupystephanie, WakeUpNeo

      ... NRA cannot win. Nor will it be able to take the toll it promises for office-holders who cross it.

      2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:44:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  True. However, (0+ / 0-)

        I'd like to convince them that doing the right thing is more important than getting reelected.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 09:20:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No urge is stronger than an office-holder's... (3+ / 0-)

          ... to stay in office. None. Not even ... well, you know.

          That "It's the right thing to do even if you lose" is not a good pitch to anyone who isn't retiring this term.

          2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

          by TRPChicago on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 09:55:40 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  In Australia, four legislators lost their (0+ / 0-)

            seats when they pushed handing in automatic weapons which cut their massacres down to zero. They thought it was worth it.

            I believe we must expect our legislators to represent us and not special interests.

            We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

            by occupystephanie on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:17:26 AM PDT

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            •  Agreed. I just don't see four who voted against... (1+ / 0-)
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              ... Manchin-Toomey who would switch if they thought it meant losing their seat.

              The key is convincing legislators - Congress, I'm talking here; we'll never convert them in many states - that it's the gunnies who are the special-interest pleaders. And that they can effectively stanch the flow of weapons and limit their availability without trampling the reasonable interests of hunters, target practicers and bona fide collector/hobbyists.

              We can't realistically ask Senators or Representatives to give up their offices for any single issue. (And I say that as someone who thinks Guns are one of the top four or five issues in every election until we win!)

              2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

              by TRPChicago on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:47:16 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

  •  Nothing new (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been saying this for years.

  •  Gun Control (0+ / 0-)

    There would be record setting speed in passing legislation that made gun control the law of the land.   As the writer said, and as I have advocated for a number of years, if 200,000 African American males and 200,000 Muslim American males rallied in DC, fully armed, and exclaiming their 2nd Amendment rights, there would be intrusive background checks, psychological evaluation, and letters of recommendation before anyone could get a license to purchase a gun.

    More importantly, why are only uneducated white males so fearful of everything?  Why have they assumed that their lives are worthless?  Only white males are in favor of open carry.  Small male parts????

    •  They can't be macho any other way? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      2014 is HERE. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 08:46:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Because they can get away with it (1+ / 0-)
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      "Only white males are in favor of open carry."

      It may be partly a question of opportunity as well as motive.

      Dorky looking working class white guys can sometimes carry a gun into a low end business in a lower rent, but low crime, largely white area, such as a mall serving a rural area, and basically get away with.

      If a black man "open carries" into Chipotle he gets arrested and slammed with a bunch of charges, and that's if he's lucky.  We can't really assess whether a black man, or a man wearing stereotypical Arab garb, would want to "open carry", because such a man would not be able to get away with it.

      In poor urban areas gang members already carry, of course, and some guy "open carrying" a rifle, black, white, or whatever, will be shot down within minutes.

      If a dorky looking working class white guy carries that gun into a high end area near where the corporate overlords live, he's going to end up like the black guy in Chipotle.  Arrested and legally slammed, if he's lucky.

      Seven-eleven, Target, Walmart, Chipotle, Chili's - it is no coincidence that these were the chosen businesses.  

      I noticed that a few of the "open carry" types are young women - basically, the same thing works for women.  White people can open carry in lower end white areas.

      In short, although people who carry loaded rifles into family restaurants are regarded as obnoxious everywhere, it is only in limited circumstances - white gun carrier in a white, but not very affluent, area - that they can to some degree get away with it.

      •  Because they can get away with it (3+ / 0-)
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        Agreed on all points.  A friend of mine asked me a question that stopped me right in my tracks.  The question: " How can you tell the difference between a gun wielding shooter intent on "making a statement" at an elementary school, from an open-carry "patriot"?

  •  Said it before (0+ / 0-)

    As long as any person opening carrying a gun can be considered a threat, and a anyone who feels threatened by such a person has the right to eliminate the threat, then I have no problem with open carry.  Just imagine if some shopper had run over the couple carrying a shopping cart full of guns. Two police officers and a bystander would have been saved.

    Some might say this would make matters worse, but will it?  We live in a country where in some states you can legally pick a fight with a stranger, then when you are losing, pull a gun and kill the stranger. The people with guns have all the rights.  Of course we are going to have rampages.  This is how people have learned to solve problems.  This will just even the field.  People with guns will become as much of target for nut cases looking for a chance to commit murder as people without guns.

    She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

    by lowt on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:00:22 AM PDT

  •  Gunhadists. (3+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, WakeUpNeo, chimene

    A boy with a beautiful smile is no longer with us in Portland.

    He was only 14.  

    The USA is not safe for any child.  Rape, Violence, Death by Mass Shootings at Malls or Schools....


    "Love One Another" ~ George Harrison

    by Damnit Janet on Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:38:22 AM PDT

  •  NRA is a terrorist organization (2+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, jan4insight

    Everybody's dancing around the obvious.  Label the NRA a domestic terrorist organization, which it is for all of the reasons in the video, and treat them as such.  2nd  Amendment doesn't apply to terrorist orgs.

    And of course if you go around poking people in the eye with a sharp stick, people are going to take away your sharp stick. Self-fulfilling prophecy, and rightly so.  

  •  Homerun buddy, fantastic!!!! (0+ / 0-)
  •  send a copy (0+ / 0-)

    of this video to congress & the senate!

    at the least it will get them away from angry birds and solitaire for a while.

    "...america, where are you now, don't you care about your sons and daughters? don't you know we need you now - we can't fight alone against the monster - america..." j. kay
  •  Coming soon? (2+ / 0-)
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    aratinga, Gwennedd

    Rethuglicans are part of the government no matter what. Once you incite a mob, control becomes almost impossible. Usually only through violence. So, Republicans will be in just as much jeopardy as any Democrat. For the liberators will be neither, but anarchists. So, for the uber-rich to have their political puppets they will have to demand a reinterpretation of the 2nd ammendment. Which will lead the government to wage a jhihad of its own to confiscate those weapons. Democrats have never said they want to take anyone's guns.  They just want responsible control/display. Whereas the Rethuglicans would have you believe a gun nut doesn't have to abide by any rules of reason. Imagine a Repub or Dem in front of a mob.  The mob would probably shoot the Dem, immediately followed by the Repub. Why? Because they are both politicians. And all politicians lie. So Repubs should get on board with some reasonable control. Because in the end they will be swept aside slightly less fast as the Dems.

  •  This was absolutely on the money, kudos! nt (1+ / 0-)
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    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde

    by penelope pnortney on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 03:17:02 PM PDT

  •  Coming this Fall! (2+ / 0-)
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    American Jihad
    Only on the History Channel

    He who hoards mass guns is less of a man than he who owns not one.
    ~Thomas Payne

  •  I'm supposed to feel safe when a bunch of armed... (5+ / 0-)
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    BeninSC, secrippen, jillf, Sk8eycat, Gwennedd

    I'm supposed to feel safe when a bunch of armed men are strolling through Target, solely because they're white and christian? Sorry, no...

    •   When I look at the photos of slobs toting their (0+ / 0-)

      semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores...I can't help remembering a line I read in a novel more than 25 years ago:  "Neener-neener-neener!  Sorry about your pe*nis!"

  •  Not (0+ / 0-)

    As a wise man said, they never hear the "NOT".

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