Gun-Rights Activist: Clinton Gives NRA Conspiracy Theory Ammo


Praising Hillary Clinton’s stance on gun control, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) says, “For a major presidential candidate to break the logjam in the way she's doing is a momentous shift.” Bloomberg BusinessWeek says Clinton may be making a mistake framing her argument in culture-war terms—as a battle against the National Rifle Association, which “is a conspiracy-minded extremist group that thrives when under attack. Moreover, while some of her ideas make sense, others, including her emphasis on ‘assault weapons,’ come straight from a tired, ineffective gun-control playbook.”

“They're celebrating at NRA headquarters in Fairfax [Va.] that Hillary is coming after them,” says gun-rights activist Richard Feldman. “You can't ask for better ammunition for the NRA.” While the NRA has refrained from commenting on the nine horrific gunshot murders in Roseburg, Or., it's issued online alarms to the faithful in recent days condemning Clinton for “ratcheting up her attack on the nation's gun lobbyists.” In particular, the NRA has highlighted the former secretary of state's pre-debate comparison of its stubbornness to that of “the Iranians or the Communists.” Says Feldman: “Hillary Clinton is giving the NRA all the 'proof' it needs to persuade its members of the Big Conspiracy—that the Democrats are coming for their guns, even though in eight years in office, Obama didn't really do that.” Feldman now runs the Independent Firearm Owners Association, a small group based in New Hampshire.

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