National Rifle Association TV host says his request for North Korea to nuke California was a "joke"

Grant Stinchfield thought his call for North Korea to incinerate millions of human beings was a real knee-slapper. He's sorry some people didn't find it as funny as he did.

“Let's send a note to North Korea that Sacramento changed its name to Guam!," he tweeted.

From The New York Daily News:

Internet users were quick to jump on the cavalier comment as a recommendation that North Korea try to hit a city on the U.S. mainland.

The tweet was also viewed as insensitive to the people of Guam, who recently received guidance about how to avoid being blinded by a potential attack.

Stinchfield told the Daily News Friday afternoon that he is sorry for the remark.

“It was meant as a joke and I regret it,” he said by phone.

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NRA calls for clenched fist in response to the "violence of lies"

America's right, the source of most terrorist acts in the country, loves to see violence from the left because it justifies its thirst for more. This instinct is on full show in this NRA recruitment ad, where spokesperson Dana Loesch seethes at political protesters and promises a "clenched fist of truth" for people screaming about "racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia."

Hey, at least the NRA has a clear idea of its base, something you can't say about, say, the Democratic Party.

What strikes me, though, is a shibboleth of the NRA's totalitarian character, one usually associated with the academic left: the idea that speech is violence ("the violence of lies") as a justification for silencing it. (Some differences remain: the left's weapon of choice is, per the NRA, "political correctness," whereas the NRA's weapon of choice is rifles.)

As Black Lives Matter's Deray McKesson writes: "If I made a video like this, I'd be in jail."

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NRA ads says Americans need guns to shoot "the Resistance"

Steve Boyett writes, "The NRA sells fear because fear sells guns, and selling guns is really what the NRA is all about. For decades they've insisted that the 2nd Amendment is the buffer against governmental tyranny. Now they're literally telling members to arm themselves against resistance to an authoritarian regime. I can't think of another organization that could air this ad without public censure. Every time I think America has hit bottom, it finds a shovel." Read the rest

NRA is spending $3m on pro-Trump ad that says Clinton "will leave you defenseless"

The Citizens United ruling says that organizations like the NRA can spend as much as they want to support political candidates, provided that they don't coordinate with the campaign, which means that it's just a happy coincidence that the day after Donald Trump called on gun enthusiasts to assassinate Hillary Clinton and federal judges, the NRA announced that it would spend $3M on the most-expensive-to-date pro-Trump ad, which would focus on Hillary Clinton's alleged plan to "leave you defenseless" by taking away your guns. Read the rest

Yes Men punk the NRA with "buy one gun, give one gun" program

At "Share the Safety," you can buy one of three Smith & Wesson guns, and the good folks at the NRA will send another one just like it to a lucky person in a low income, inner-city neighborhood, "law-abiding urbanites who will for the first time be able to defend themselves against those who prey on the urban poor." It's just like Tom's shoes! Read the rest

Gun control is a great idea, terrorist watchlists are bullshit

A letter from the ACLU to lawmakers asked them to vote down the Democrats' proposed limits on firearm sales, but not for the same reasons that the NRA objected to the legislation. Read the rest

Samantha Bee puts the NRA before a firing squad

The NRA -- tone-deaf, intransigent, monied -- are seemingly unstoppable, but if anyone can shoot 'em down, it's Samantha Bee, whose tight, funny, rage-filled 5:30 on America's gun lobby is practically armor-piercing. (via Rolling Stone) Read the rest

The Orlando shooting, according to the Congressmen who took the most money from the NRA

The NRA has disbursed $3,782,803 since 1998 in campaign contributions to 42 senators and 252 members of Congress. Read the rest

NRA endorses Trump

The NRA's chief spokesmurderer told Republicans, "Now is the time to unite. If your preferred candidate dropped out of the race, it's time to get over it." Read the rest

Near White House, Secret Service shoot suspect who brandished gun

Authorities say a uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man who brandished a gun outside the White House on Friday afternoon. President Obama was and is off site. The White House is now removed from lockdown, and normal activities in the area have resumed.

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Guns stay locked up in San Francisco

The NRA won't be happy about this outcome.

Why George Bush, Sr resigned his lifetime NRA membership

Here's ex-president George HW Bush's public letter of resignation from the his lifetime membership to NRA, sent after Wayne "Armed guards in schools" LaPierre gave a speech blaming gun laws for the Oklahoma City bombing, implying that the victims were "jack-booted thugs" "wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms."

Al Whicher, who served on my [ United States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President, was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving parent, a man dedicated to serving his country -- and serve it well he did...

...I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.'s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

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