Brady Campaign Labels NRA “Terrorists”

Brady Campaign Labels NRA "Terrorists"
Brady Campaign Labels NRA “Terrorists”
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -( The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has never had a firm grasp on the English language, as evidenced by the repudiation of their bizarre interpretation of the Second Amendment at the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, this week, in an attempt to demonize NRA, Brady Campaign took their hyperbole to a new low, referring to the NRA as “terrorists.” That’s right; according to the Brady Campaign, the grassroots organization comprised of 5 million freedom-loving members that are dedicated to using the democratic process and legal framework to defend the constitutional rights of all Americans are “terrorists.”

The craven statement was made by Brady Campaign President Daniel Gross to The Hill. In the article, Gross criticized two Democratic presidential candidates, the NRA D- rated Bernie Sanders and F rated Lincoln Chafee, for not sufficiently conforming to the group’s radical gun control agenda. In taking particular issue with Chafee’s debate performance, in which the candidate stated he would try to negotiate with NRA, Gross stated, “[t]his is not a negotiation with the NRA… We don’t negotiate with terrorists.”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time radical gun control advocates, and others, have used this type of reprehensible language to slander gun owners or NRA. In early 2013, Stop Handgun Violence founder and president John Rosenthal, who is best known for his anti-gun billboard outside Boston’s Fenway Park, said on the Ed Schultz radio show that the NRA “in my mind is a terrorist organization as far as I'm concerned.”

Beyond full-time gun control advocates, the culprits are often their allies in the media. As recently as this month, New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wrote, “NRA should take its rightful place on the State Department list of terrorist organizations.” Last year, Mother Jones promoted a cartoon likening NRA to violent jihadis. Of course, the anti-gun Twittersphere and blogosphere are replete with similar inflammatory name-calling.

Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton has gotten into the act. In June 2014, during a CNN “town hall,” Clinton remarked that gun control opponents “hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” However, never one to rest on her laurels, Clinton outdid herself in early October, comparing NRA to a state sponsor of terrorism when she told an Iowa crowd, “NRA’s position reminds me of negotiating with the Iranians or the communists.”

Those attempting to vilify NRA as terrorists or extremists should recognize that NRA’s positions are well within the American mainstream. A 2014 Gallup poll revealed that 63-percent of Americans believe that having a gun in the home makes the home a safer place to be. Further, another 2014 Gallup poll showed that when asked “[i]n general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?” 52-percent of Americans opted to keep the laws the same or make them less strict.

In 2011, Barack Obama made a speech in Tucson, Ariz. following a tragic shooting, where he implored the nation to embrace civility in our political discourse. Obama noted that “only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation.” Perhaps Obama would do well to direct similar comments more specifically at his increasingly base allies in the anti-gun community. We won’t hold our breath.

About the NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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  • 9 thoughts on “Brady Campaign Labels NRA “Terrorists”

    1. Actually, I feel that it is the Brady Campaign that is the “terrorist organization” and Un-American for trying to circumvent the 2nd Amendment….

    2. If the NRA is a terrorist organization, it must be a pretty damn pathetic and ineffective one! Can you imagine how the anti-idiots would react if the NRA were to ACTUALLY start acting like a terrorist organization? There would be an instant 5 million armed terrorists suddenly turned loose among that anti-gun mob. Well, I suppose it may seem that way to the anti’s, who are basically physical cowards anyway, so it doesn’t take much to “terrorize” them. Calling the NRA a terrorist organization sounds a lot like calling the AMA a terrorist organization because they advocate immunization, and some people are irrationally afraid of needles!

    3. The ‘Progressives’ are constantly urging civility in political discourse, but it doesn’t apply to them. It’s time to get ‘down and dirty’ with the ‘gun grabbers’ and expose them for who they really are.

    4. NRA is on the same side as the Brady campaign. When the U.S. Federal Court in Chicago struck down IL’s concealed weapons law in Dec. 2012, NRA contract lobbyist Todd Vandermyde put Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties of 6 MONTHS or 1 YEAR in Rep. Brandon Phelps “NRA backed” carry bill, because the Chiefs of Police wanted it. Tim McCarthy was president of the IL Chiefs when Vandermye cut the deal to put DTI in the NRA bill.

      That’s the same Tim McCarthy who was a Secret Service agent when President Reagan was shot, and who does press events with Jim & Sarah Brady to promote gun control. Selling out Otis McDonald, setting up armed citizens to get disarmed, set up, and killed by police criminals, and on the same side as the Bradys, that’s Todd Vandermyde and the NRA!

    5. Proud life-long terrorist here! I guess if I’m now a terrorist, then I guess I’ll wear it proudly… For the alphabet soup agencies monitoring this forum, I’m speaking tongue in cheek…

      1. Many of those anti gun groups are about as hateful of our rights as they can be, that moms group even went so far once to say that all of our rights need to be taken away from us (that watts thing said that earlier this year.).

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