THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: OCTOBER 5, 2015

New York Daily News Column: It’s Time To Classify The NRA As A Terrorist Organization


You might think that this piece was published by the Daily News following last week's Orlando slaughter.  But look at the title of the piece:  I did not put in the date October 5, 2015 by mistake.  The column is infinitely more relevant a year and a half later:


Teabagistan is flipping out over a column published yesterday in the New York Daily News. An excerpt:
One terrorist group is responsible for more civilian deaths since December 2012 (the Sandy Hook massacre) than Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas and the Taliban. Yet it is the only nearly-state sponsored terrorist group that is not listed by the U.S. State Department as such. It is the National Rifle Association and for their unending lobbying that’s kept a lid on gun control we now have 428 times more American deaths by gun than deaths by foreign terrorists. No? Between 2012 and 2015, according to University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, ISIS has murdered approximately 12,138 civilians, Boko Haram,10,092, the Taliban 9,427 and Hamas, 85. In that time, Americans have murdered or spree killed via gun and assault rifle, 87,423 people in the United States.
Therefore the NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organizations, because its influence is more of an immediate threat to the lives of our citizens than foreign terrorists. Although the NRA is not an officially state-sponsored organization it is the supporter of the state with its massive member and lobbyist donations to our elected officials. After the last no-vote on gun control, the British newspaper The Guardian did an analysis that showed 45 of the 48 senators who torpedoed gun control in Congress “have received money from firearms lobbyists.” On Friday, even as the country’s collective heart was breaking again, faded pol and former-gun control advocate Rudy Giuliani, who will say anything to get on TV in a pathetic and dangerous attempt to be relevant (that ship has sailed, bub), went on “Fox & Friends” to rant about his now-support of guns, ranting that murderers don’t follow gun control laws. No, but lax gun control laws put guns in those murderers hands. 
The Daily News has arguably been the most ardent advocate for gun control out of all the nation’s newspapers. They have devoted numerous cover stories to the issue, some of which have directly called out “madman” Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA.

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