NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on Thursday March 6th told a group of conservatives that the “greatest freedom” was the ability to have “all the rifles, shotguns and handguns we want.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday February the 28th asked its 3.1 million members to call their representative in Congress and urge them to block a rule designed to protect the world’s elephants from being poached into extinction.
Guns are way more important than elephants. Who needs elephants when you can have access to an unlimited supply guns and ammo?
Elephants are being poached into extinction for their ivory tusks, last month the White House announced a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory, placing a total embargo on the NEW import of items containing elephant ivory, prohibiting its export except in the case of bona fide antiques that are more than 100 years old when it comes to ivory.
I like elephants and they are amazing creatures and would really like to not have elephants poached into extinction, so I was very pleased to read that the White House had taken this action. Saw nothing wrong with the action the White House took but then again I am not Wayne LaPierre who took the stage at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference late in the afternoon of March 6th to give what was the most fearful speech of the day.
“I’ve never been worried about his country until now,” he said. “We fear for the safety of our families. It’s why neighborhood streets that were once filled with bicycles and skateboards and laughter in the air, now sit empty and silent.”
The streets are empty not because people are afraid, the streets are empty because neighborhoods have been stunned into silence by gun violence. Who wants to play outside when you could be killed by a stray bullet?
Guess Wayne does not fear for the safety of the elephants does he, he wants the NRA members to block the rule designed to protect the world’s elephants from being poached into extinction.
NRA members you should be ashamed of yourselves.
America is in trouble because we don’t want elephants poached into extinction? Don’t think so, then again I am not Wayne LaPierre.
The NRA is disturbed about provisions of the ban related to domestic resale of items including ivory. “We will finalize a proposed rule that will reaffirm and clarify that sales across state lines are prohibited, except for bona fide antiques, and will prohibit sales within a state unless the seller can demonstrate an item was lawfully imported prior to 1990 for African elephants and 1975 for Asian elephants, or under an exemption document,” the White House said in February.
LaPierre took the stage at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference late in the afternoon to give what was the most fearful speech of the day. No it was not about saving the elephants, it was about, you guessed it, being afraid, being afraid that the freedom to buy unlimited guns and ammunition would be taken away, so far none of their freedoms to do that have been taken away…except maybe saving an endangered species could take that freedom away?
While many people would make the mistake of assuming that this was about helping save endangered elephants, the NRA understands what the real motivation is. “This is another attempt by this anti-gun Administration to ban firearms based on cosmetics and would render many collections/firearms valueless,” the NRA said in its call to arms. “Any firearm, firearm accessory, or knife that contains ivory, no matter how big or small, would not be able to be sold in the United States, unless it is more than 100 years old. This means if your shotgun has an ivory bead or inlay, your revolver or pistol has ivory grips, your knife has an ivory handle, or if your firearm accessories, such as cleaning tools that contain any ivory, the item would be illegal to sell.”
See how he twisted this action by the White House into meaning Obama is coming for your guns, clever I must say. However, it is the NEW import of items containing elephant ivory that are banned, so no, if your gun has ivory you can sell it you just can’t export it, except in the case of bona fide antiques that are more than 100 years, so what gun owners and gun dealers can’t export guns with ivory. So not being able to export guns or not being to buy guns with ivory is more important than saving an endangered species? Really?
Aside from the conservation concerns, which the NRA doesn’t seem moved by, poaching is increasingly being viewed as a national security issue for the United States.
Fuck, the NRA is not moved by anything other than gun sales.
In an interview last year, Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, said ivory had become a "conflict resource." Enough Project report from last year also found that Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army has begun poaching ivory from elephant tusks to fund the group’s activities, which include abducting children and forcing them into sex slavery.
The NRA should feel right at home then with the Kony’s army, terrorists do seem to like to hang together.