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February 01, 2013 3:37 PM So Many Enemies!

By Ed Kilgore

In my last post I should have noted once again that the public overwhelmingly supports universal background checks, with one recent poll showing 85% of self-identified Republicans supporting the idea.

But being outside the mainstream has never been much of a problem for the NRA. Today MoJo’s Tim Murphy reminds us the organization’s Institute for Legislative Action published just last September—and for no apparent reason—a vast list of “anti-gun” individuals and organizations.

Murphy highlighted some of the funnier names on this “enemies list,” like Barry Manilow, Bob Barker and that well-known totalitarian Mary Lou Retton.

But I enourage you to peruse the whole list. You got the doctors (American Medical Association) and the nurses (American Nursing Association) and the lawyers (American Bar Association). You’ve got Jews (American Jewish Committee), Catholics (U.S. Catholic Conference) and Protestants (too many groups to list here). You’ve got the YWCA. Then there’s the Sarah Lee Corporation (whom nobody doesn’t like—except the NRA!) and Hallmark Cards. Apparently gun-grabbers are running wild in Missouri, because the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the St. Louis Rams are all on the list. Motorcycle Cruiser magazine is there.

That’s just the organizations. Among the “celebrities,” it would be easier to list the show-biz figures who are not on this list. Did you know Britney Spears is part of the conspiracy to rob you of your precious Second Amendment rights? And Tony Bennett! Say it ain’t so, Tony!

I guess it’s not that surprising the NRA views itself as perpetually embattled. If all those enemies were not enough, the NRA is always drawing unfriendly fire from the Gun Owners of America, which regards the NRA as a bunch of liberal wimps because it hasn’t endorsed mandatory gun ownership! No wonder they’ve flipped on universal background checks.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • J Byrd on February 01, 2013 3:58 PM:

    My favorite has to be Richard Dean Anderson. Because in a land with no guns, McGyver will rule over us all with an iron fist!

  • c u n d gulag on February 01, 2013 4:20 PM:

    J Byrd,

    I was gonna try to say something funny, but, I can't possibly top that!!!

  • DonBoy on February 01, 2013 4:21 PM:

    If the KC Çhiefs were on the list before, imagine their position since the Jovan Belcher tragedy.

  • MuddyLee on February 01, 2013 4:24 PM:

    Tony and Britney on the same list - I like it - plus Manilow. Welcome to the real America, Ted Nugent.

  • Walsh44 on February 01, 2013 5:39 PM:

    What? The government can force you to buy something you don't want to buy? Next thing you know, they'll be forcing us to buy health insurance!

  • Neo on February 01, 2013 6:00 PM:

    Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden said, according to a Politico report.

  • martin on February 01, 2013 6:04 PM:

    I'm surprised the NRA hasn't been attacked as anti-semitic from B'nai Brith, racist from the NAACP and agist from the AARP--it's certainly what the NRA and its allies would do if the lists were reversed.

  • Hannah on February 01, 2013 6:06 PM:

    The list reads like what one would expect of (positive) endorsements (as in a political campaign) rather than the NRA's intent to display a list of enemies.

    I must say, overall, I would be pleased to stand with any of these groups/individuals.

  • Doug on February 01, 2013 6:41 PM:

    Just a thought, but as I keep reading that something on the order of 70+% of the NRA membership supports at least mandatory univeral background checks, what say we start to referring to LaPierre et al as the "NRA leadership"? As is "The NRA leadership opposes..."?
    Couldn't hurt and it might cause enough NRA members to do something about who's running THEIR organization.
    Something legal, of course...

  • exlibra on February 01, 2013 7:23 PM:

    Neo, @6:00PM; So... you're told you have cancer, and a course of chemo *might* -- no guarantees -- slow or even stop it. Do you take that option, or say: "never mind, I want a 100% guarantee that I'll leave the hospital totally cured"?