The Whiner-in-Chief Gets Taught By The NRA.

I don’t necessarily agree with what Charles Blow has to say, but yesterday he made some comments about Trump that are spot on. And what he said is that Trump’s incessant whining and his portrayal of himself as a ‘victim’ is what appeals to his base. Blow puts it this way: “It is in this near perfect state of perpetual aggrievement that Trump gives voice to a faction of America that also feels aggrieved.” But since Trump himself is hardly the embodiment of the undereducated, small-town Whites who have been left behind in the shift to a post-industrial, technological age, where did he learn to play the role of Whiner in Chief?

trump5              He learned it from his friends at Fairfax – the NRA. America’s ‘oldest civil rights organization’ whines endlessly about how gun owners are victims, and isn’t the Trump message just a warmed-over version of Wayne LaPierre? Here’s how Trump defines his audience, according to Blow: “They are victims of coastal and urban liberals and the elite institutions – economic, education and entertainment – clustered there.” Here’s Wayne-o at the NRA annual meeting back in May: “It’s up to us to speak out against the three most dangerous voices in America: academic elites, political elites and media elites.” See any difference? I sure don’t.

America’s oldest civil rights organization is really just America’s oldest gun training organization. And one of their most popular training courses these days is something called Refuse To Be A Victim, which was developed by the ‘women of the NRA.’ The course is aimed at women and covers such topics as security in the home or on a trip, keeping your digital devices secure and using self-protective products like alarms and mace. There’s no mention of guns in this course and there’s also no mention of something else, namely, what women should do if they find themselves in an abusive relationship, which happens to be the Number One reason why women become victims, especially victims of violence caused by guns.

But the last thing the NRA is going to do is talk about women (or anyone) as victims of gun violence because what really victimizes women is when they can’t get their hands on a gun. And if you don’t believe me, just check out some of the recent videos from Dana Mussolini, a.k.a. Dana Loesch, who insists that she can stand up to anyone, any threat, any perpetrator because instead of backing away, she’s ready to pull out her banger and – bam!.

I love her recent attempt to out-Trump Trump: “They use their schools to teach our children that their President is another Hitler. They use their movie stars to repeat their narrative over and over again.” And guess who’s the ‘they?’ The same liberal, urban elite who get up every morning and try to figure out yet another way to victimize all those honest, decent, God-fearing Americans who also happen to be gun owners, because nothing represents the basic traditions and values of this country like a gun. Remember Charlton Heston and his cold, dead hands?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I never had a problem considering myself to be a member of the liberal elite. I also never had a problem being a member of the NRA. How do I reconcile these seeming opposites? It’s simple – I wanted to be a college professor and I also like guns. At some point I got interested in cameras so I sold some guns and bought two Leicas, then realized I wasn’t all that interested in taking pictures, so I sold the cameras and bought some more guns.

I don’t think gun owners are victims at all but I do think that making them believe they are victims is nothing more than a marketing scam. But since we now have to put up with someone in the Oval Office who got there by exploiting the same scam, why should anyone be surprised?

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One thought on “The Whiner-in-Chief Gets Taught By The NRA.

  1. I seem to have gone down the same road, i.e., both a member of the liberal elite and a gun nut. It sometimes confuses my friends. I need a t-shirt that says “liberal, vegetarian, gun-nut who worked on nuclear weapons and who grew up in the Basket of Deplorables.”

    To be sure, the NRA and Trump are mining the victimhood bandwagon for all it is worth but they didn’t invent that strategy in 2016. Its been developing for at least a few decades, with people wanting redress for real or imagined injury by claiming victimhood. No surprise that Joe Sixpack and the Deplorables (would make a nice name for a band) is ready to get on that bus.

    On the Left, a Google engineer was just fired for writing and posting a half-baked “manifesto” on why we should not expect equal numbers of men and women in computer engineering (it sort of boils down to “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”). Without going over my head into that subject (I could drown in a thimble of knowledge on that subject), I do think the reaction was overblown in part because the left thinks that “microaggressions” create a whole new class of victims.

    Talk about being a victim of aggression? I’ll take an insult or be forced to read some bad prose over taking a 9mm through the chest cavity any day. There are real victims and fake victims. The NRA and Trump’s supporters largely fall into the later category.

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