By Robert Mann
When I saw the quote, I thought it was a parody from The Onion, the satirical online “news” organization, which features fake stories like, “U.S. Encouraging Cuba To Shift Toward Democratic System Of Corruption.”
Unfortunately, this story was real. The Guardian reported that Gov. Bobby Jindal, while speaking recently to the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, called the NRA the nation’s “most effective civil rights organization.”
A politician in full pander mode is an impressive sight – that is if one is impressed by the nonsense and mendacities common to Jindal’s speeches. On this day, Jindal was at his rhetorical best – if, by “best,” one means, “I will utter whatever claptrap the audience to which I am speaking craves.”
“The same liberal extremists that want to come take our guns are the same forces that want to take away our religious liberty,” Jindal told the adoring NRA crowd.
The NRA, of course, demands unreserved fealty to its perverse interpretation of the Second Amendment. It should rename it “The Amendment,” the only portion of the Bill of Rights it seems to respect. Well, except for the portion of the First Amendment that mentions “freedom of religion,” which Jindal and the NRA leadership apparently regard as the right to worship their firearms. When Jindal speaks about God and guns, he is redundant.
The irony of Louisiana’s governor preaching the Gospel of Gunpowder and Lead is appalling. According to a recent analysis of data obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, no state has a higher gun violence rate than Louisiana. The Violence Policy Center examined that data (from 2013) and concluded “that states [like Louisiana] with weak gun violence prevention laws and higher rates of gun ownership have the highest overall gun death rates in the nation.”
Once again, Louisiana leads a list of shame. Busy pretending that he has transformed his state into a southern Utopia, Jindal has done nothing to address Louisiana’s gun violence epidemic. Instead, in Nashville, he attacked President Barack Obama and his allies, who he claims believe gun owners are “dumb rubes or dumber still because we cling bitterly to our guns and our religion.”
As a Christian and the owner of several firearms, I don’t regard church-going gun owners as rubes. Jindal, however, does. Despite what he and other fear mongers say, the policies most gun-control advocates support don’t involve taking away guns from any law-abiding citizen.
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