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    where the NRA is concerned - largely because the NRA has so intimidated any attempts at moderation for so long and has gotten their PR machine so single mindedly focused on obliterating all arguments that might slow down gun sales.

    When anything gun related is covered in the news, the reporting inevitably has to check in with NRA sources, as if they are somehow the arbiters of some eternal value. When they have lost touch with even their own membership - 82% agree with universal background checks - and so clearly represent the gun manufacturers above all others, it's obvious they have lost the moral authority to influence more than their own deepest pocketed believers.

    That rigid idealogues like Grover Norquist, sitting on their Board, claim the NRA as righteous and defensible, it's no wonder the protests of LaPierre sound so shrill. They come from the patriarchal insistence that they are not to be questioned, that their place at the table is a divine right, and their voice in the discussion holds more weight and importance than the rest.

    Their whole modus operandi has been built around these assumptions for a couple generations now, with a growing inertia. And now the game is wearing thin and the players tired of the old rules. The media is waking up to the scam, and the crowd is leaving the theatre.

    The NRA no longer serves (if it ever did) its members, and for the networks and media companies to cover it as if it actually REPRESENTS the so-called membership list, this PR trick has pretty much run its course.

    Time to let it go.

    "We must not confuse absolutism for principle." - Barack Obama

    by Beastly Fool on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:07:27 AM PST

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