On Guns, Good Guys, the End of the World and Waterboarding Bad Guys to Baptize 'Em Ha Ha

Abby Zimet

NRA zealots - "Stand and Fight" - turned up in all their bloodthirsty, fearmongering, paranoid, jingoistic, sacreligious and largely unintelligible glory for their annual convention in Indianapolis this weekend to sound an ever-more-hysterical them vs. us theme, showcase "spectacular displays of firearms" featuring nifty new military-style assault rifles, entice kids with free guns and the cool stuff they do, hold a Ring of Freedom Brunch to honor gun-industry "corporate partners" who have donated up to $60 million of blood money in the past few years, hear decrepit gonzo Wayne LaPierre describe a world gone wrong where gun-toting NRA members are the only good guys left "because we sense that America is in trouble," and hear ever-pandering dimwit Sarah Palin offend both conservatives and Christians by berating liberal policies that "coddle adversaries, instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies (who) would utterly annihilate America!...Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists." Most chilling here is not so much the idiocy of her torture remarks or the fact she has a platform to deliver them; it's the cheering of the audience. For the gazillionth disheartening time, who ARE these people? With video of her, the NRA's bombastic new ad, and, if you're still upright, LaPierre's entire rant, because closing our eyes won't make any of it go away.


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