E.J. Dionne: The NRA in disarray

E.J. Dionne: The NRA in disarray

Gun Rights

E.J. Dionne Washington Post WASHINGTON — It’s a long-standing joke among journalists that the go-to political headline in a pinch is: “Democrats in Disarray.” Somewhere, somehow, it’s probably true. So it’s a change of pace that a slew of reports in recent weeks amply justify the headline “NRA in Disarray.” Accounts about the organization’s financial crisis and internal dysfunction confirm what many of us have always suspected: The National Rifle Association is a racket that stokes fear, aggravates our country’s divisions and blocks reasoned debate about gun violence to feather the nests of the conservative elite. A self-dealing class exploits the anxieties of Americans far removed from power and turns the Second Amendment into a money machine. No wonder President Trump loves the NRA so much. The most revelatory detail in the latest of these stories, a helpfully extensive investigation this week by Danny Hakim in The New York Times, concerns the fashion habits of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s longtime CEO. Hakim reports that LaPierre billed the organization that claims to speak for the heartland $275,000 “for purchases at the Zegna luxury men’s wear boutique in Beverly Hills.” Beverly Hills? Unlike LaPierre, I’m just an unsophisticated real American because I have never even heard of the Zegna luxury men’s wear boutique. Must be nice to have your lifestyle financed by the people you spend your time scaring to death. The biggest falsehood: Shameful claims that high school students and grieving parents who plead for more effective gun laws pose […]

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