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  • NRA's new fearmongering ad series argues that proponents of stronger gun laws are pro-murderer

    Blog ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    The National Rifle Association's newest ad series, “Save the 2nd,” features 30-second spots that describe horrific crimes before making the fallacious argument that efforts are underway to prohibit law-abiding people from protecting themselves from killers.

    The series, which debuted on July 16 and is hosted by NRATV’s Colion Noir, is premised on the NRA’s claim that efforts to regulate firearms are tantamount to helping killers. The series’ tag line is “When you hear people wanting to restrict your right to protect yourself, know this. They're helping killers and terrorists, not law-abiding citizens like you.”

    The first season spotlights four criminal incidents, involving a terrorist convicted of organizing the Benghazi terror attacks, a registered sex offender who covered himself in blood after strangling his victim, a parolee who shot a law enforcement officer, and a father and stepmother who killed their son by abusing him and then fed his remains to pigs:

    COLION NOIR: Have you ever heard of Ahmed Abu Khattala? He's the terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans. Our system of so-called justice gave him only 22 years in prison. Khattala could walk free among us in the next two decades, where no law will stop him from killing again. So when you hear people wanting to restrict your right to protect yourself, know this: They're giving terrorists like Khattala rights, and not protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens like you.

    NOIR: Have you ever heard of Miguel Hernandez? I doubt it. On July 27, 2014, the registered sex offender violently beat and strangled a man inside of his home. When the police found Hernandez, he had covered himself in blood and was claiming to work for "the dark prince." No law stopped Hernandez from killing. So when you hear people wanting to restrict your right to protect yourself, know this: They're helping killers like Miguel Hernandez, not law-abiding citizens like you.

    NOIR: Have you ever heard of Dominic Cinelli? I doubt it. In 2009, he was granted parole from three life sentences from shooting a security guard during an armed robbery. In 2010, the day after Christmas, he shot and killed a police officer. No law stopped Cinelli from killing. So when you hear people wanting to restrict your right to protect yourself, know this: They’re helping killers like Dominic Cinelli, not law-abiding citizens like you.

    NOIR: Have you ever heard of Michael and Heather Jones? I doubt it. They starved, tortured and beat 7-year-old Adrian Jones for most of his young life. In 2015, after they killed him, they fed his remains to pigs. No law stopped these monsters. So when you hear people wanting to restrict your right to protect yourself, know this: They weren't able to stop killers like Michael and Heather Jones, so don't let them take away the rights of law-abiding citizens like you.

    The crimes Noir describes are real, but the conclusions he draws from them are nonsensical. There is no movement in the United States to take away “rights” so that people would be prevented from defending themselves from the killers Noir describes. Noir’s argument also purposely ignores the ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, where the Supreme Court found that law-abiding citizens have “an individual right to possess a firearm in the home for self-defense.” Moreover, no gun violence prevention groups are calling for restrictions on self-defense. Instead, these groups typically advocate for policies like high-capacity magazine bans, red flag laws, and universal background checks on gun purchases. These policies do not implicate the Second Amendment right found in Heller and thus have been repeatedly upheld by courts.   

    Noir has a history of putting forward legally dubious arguments in NRA videos, most recently releasing a video that attempted to dupe media organizations into thinking he was calling for Congress to limit the ability of the press to report on mass shootings.

  • Don’t believe anything NRATV says

    The National Rifle Association's media outlet sent a pro-censorship message on social media and then went ballistic when people called it pro-censorship

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    NRATV, the National Rifle Association’s media operation, caused a stir on Twitter Thursday afternoon after sending a tweet that read, “It's time to put an end to this glorification of carnage in pursuit of ratings because it's killing our kids. It's time for Congress to step up and pass legislation putting common sense limitations on #MSM's ability to report on these school shootings."

    The tweet immediately generated outrage, which is understandable given that it appeared NRATV was promoting the notion that Congress ought to limit how the press can report on gun violence. NRATV, however, had taken itself out of context. The tweet was promoting a video narrated by NRATV host Colion Noir that ultimately concluded that such action by Congress would be wrong.

    Viewers could be forgiven for not sitting through the four-minute video given its painfully bad logic. It essentially equated Congress passing a law to limit how the press could cover shootings to Congress passing a law that regulates gun ownership. This is of course nonsensical given that rights protected by the Constitution are regulated in different ways, something that Noir, a law school graduate, should know.

    Prohibiting the press from reporting on shootings would constitute prior restraint, which would violate the First Amendment. Regulations on firearms, however, are typically permissible under the Second Amendment.

    The 2008 landmark Supreme Court decision District of Columbia v. Heller found that the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding individuals to have a handgun in the home for the purpose of self-defense. The ruling means that total gun bans are unconstitutional. However, many other regulations are permissible. As Heller’s majority opinion, written by conservative Antonin Scalia, stated, “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.”

    Federal courts have repeatedly upheld laws banning assault weapons, for example. According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “courts across the country have rejected the overwhelming majority of Second Amendment challenges initiated since Heller,” finding that myriad regulations comport with the Second Amendment right.

    This is all unimportant to NRATV, which crowed about the controversy and was clearly pleased with the result of its dishonest ploy. Noir wrote on Twitter, “I hate to humble brag but My recent  video just exposed how our mainstream media refuses to watch a 4min video in its entirety before reporting on it and pushing their agenda.” Apparently without irony -- given that NRATV took itself out of context -- NRATV’s Twitter account promoted a tweet from The Washington Times that read, “NRATV host Colion Noir enraged critics on Thursday who were eager to use an out-of-context tweet on de facto media control as a serious argument.” During the May 25 broadcast of NRATV, host Grant Stinchfield said of the media, “We here at NRATV set a trap, and they got caught,” adding that it "borderlines on criminality when it comes to the way they abuse the First Amendment."

    Promoting obviously false information is a tactic at NRATV, which has fabricated congressional testimony during its broadcasts to attack its political opponents and even once quoted a satire article published by the NRA’s magazine that was clearly labeled “fiction” as if it were serious in order to encourage people to vote for Donald Trump on Election Day.

    Chillingly, NRATV has actually supported anti-First Amendment measures as part of its pro-Trump efforts, particularly when it comes to the freedom of the press and the right to assemble. While branding itself as a news source, NRATV clearly does not act in good faith and should be thought of less as a legitimate journalism operation than as a propaganda outlet.

  • In new video, NRATV blames "moronic media" for turning mass shooters into rock stars

    Blog ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    Just days after a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, TX, NRATV released a video blaming the media and “our culture” for causing mass shootings by routinely turning the gunmen into “rock star[s].”

    On May 18, a 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas, killing 10 and wounding 13 with his father’s legally owned shotgun and a .38 revolver. This is the 22nd school shooting this year in the United States and comes just three months after the Parkland high school shooting that left 17 dead and 17 injured. 

    The Santa Fe shooter reportedly told police officers he targeted the students he didn’t like and spared those he did. The mother of one of the victims said her 16-year-old daughter faced “four months of problems from this boy” as he kept “making advances on her.” She said her daughter had stood up to him in class a week before the shooting. 

    Despite this emerging picture of the Santa Fe gunman’s motive, NRATV released a video in which host Colion Noir blamed media for the increase in school shootings, claiming reporters turn the shooter “into a damn rock star within hours of the damn shooting.” Noir went on to criticize supposedly liberal phenomena including “safe spaces” and “participation trophies incentivizing mediocrity,” saying that we “tell our young boys that their masculinity is toxic, and our young girls that being a woman means acting like a man, further confusing the hell out of kids”:  

    COLION NOIR (NRATV HOST): So, when are we going to be completely honest and acknowledge the awkward, bullied, sexually frustrated, psychotropic drug-laced, suicidal, mass shooters in the room for what they are? Or are we just going to keep acting like we don't know what's going on in the name of not confronting the miserable reality that they are a creation of our so-called progressive culture and media?

    [...]

    Yet our moronic media in their blind pursuit for ratings will post every picture they can find of the shooter and repeat the shooters's name habitually, turning the kid into a damn rock star within hours of the damn shooting and they will keep asking why these shootings keep happening in a country obsessed with celebrity culture raising a generation of kids with an inability to cope with anything.

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    Instead of teaching our kids how to cope with the harsh realities of life, we shield them in safe spaces and give them participation trophies incentivizing mediocrity and tell our young boys that their masculinity is toxic, and our young girls that being a woman means acting like a man further confusing the hell out of kids who are naturally going to struggle with their identity as is. Anyone screaming for gun control in response to this last shooting is just not being honest with themselves. The kid used a shotgun and a revolver that he took from his parents because he wasn't old enough to buy a gun legally. Ask yourself, what is more likely a reason this latest killer decided to secretly build improvised explosives in order to murder his classmates in cold blood, "loose" gun laws or our culture?

    The NRATV host made similar comments after the Parkland school shooting and taunted the student activists by saying he wished an armed guard had been there to stop the shooting because “your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names.”

    This followed his 2016 tweet after the Pulse nightclub shooting that attacked calls for stronger gun laws, and his 2015 warning to the parents of slain Virginia journalist Alison Parker to not become “so emotional” that they channel their “grief-inspired advocacy” to the wrong effect.

  • NRATV taunts Parkland students over their dead classmates

    Colion Noir to Parkland survivors: If an armed guard had stopped the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, “your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names.”

    Blog ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    NRATV host Colion Noir taunted the survivors of the Parkland, FL, school shooting who have been speaking out against gun violence, telling them he wished an armed officer had been there to stop the attack because then “no one would know your names.”

    The season-seven premiere of NRATV’s Noir comes amid repeated calls for stronger gun safety regulations after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and just days before the student-led March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

    During the March 22 episode, Noir brought up the recent Great Mills High School shooting in Maryland and told Parkland survivors he wishes an armed guard had stopped the shooting at their school because “your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names”:

    COLION NOIR (NRATV host): To all the kids from Parkland getting ready to use your First Amendment to attack everyone else’s Second Amendment at your march on Saturday, I wish a hero like [Great Mills High School resource officer] Blaine [Gaskill] had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month, because your classmates would still be alive, and no one would know your names. Because the media would have completely and utterly ignored your story the way they ignored his.

    There was an armed police guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, but he did not attempt to confront the shooter, contrary to what police are trained to do in an active shooter situation. Hours after NRATV published the Noir episode, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, a victim of the Maryland school shooting, died from her injuries.

    During the episode, Noir also slammed the upcoming March For Our Lives as “one-sided, logic-deprived, and intellectually dishonest” and called it a “festival masquerading as a march.” Noir went on to question what the students are marching for, claiming that it “looks like a march to burn the Constitution and rewrite the parts that you all like in crayon.”

    In a March 19 teaser for his newest season, Noir used the Parkland shooting to suggest that school staff should be armed with assault weapons, asking, “What if the football coach who heroically sacrificed his life” during the Parkland shooting “had an AR-15 instead of empty hands?”

    Noir has a history of attacking people who speak out after being impacted by gun violence. These latest videos follow Noir’s 2015 warning to the parents of slain Virginia journalist Alison Parker to not become “so emotional” that they turn their child’s murder “into a gun control dog-and-pony show minutes after the shooting because you can’t make sense of what happened.”

    And in a video on his personal YouTube page, Noir criticized Kim Kardashian West’s support for National Gun Violence Awareness day by baselessly suggesting she has “severe mental illnesses” including “PTSD” after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

    After the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL, Noir attacked calls for stronger gun laws by writing on Twitter, “Even children aren't short sighted enough to think gun control is a rational response to terrorism. They say make the monster go away.”

  • NRATV’s resident sexist attacks “sexy” female MSNBC host on International Women’s Day

    Blog ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    NRATV commentator Colion Noir added to his history of misogynistic comments when he criticized “sexy” MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski for being part of the “largest gun conversation this country has ever had.”

    The National Rifle Association media platform’s newest commentator video comes amid repeated calls for stronger gun safety regulation after a February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, left 17 dead.

    In the video posted on International Women’s Day, Noir claimed Brzezinski’s “entire knowledge on guns is based on the … Google search she did while standing in a Starbucks line.” Noir went on to say that despite this supposed lack of knowledge, Brzezinski “gets to be part of the conversation” while he “can’t be.” From the March 8 edition of NRATV’s Commentators:

    COLION NOIR (NRATV HOST): Right now America is having the largest gun conversation this country has ever had, and no one bothered to actually invite the gun owners. Sure, they talk about gun owners, but they don't actually want them part of the conversation. Unless they need a bad guy to verbally accost, that is. They treat the conversation on guns like a line outside of a night club. And the asshole bouncer is our mainstream media. Sexy cable news anchor whose entire knowledge on guns is based on the "what is an assault weapons" Google search she did while standing in a Starbucks line this morning before work -- she gets to be part of the conversation. Sycophantic Democratic politician who believes we lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence -- he gets to be part of the conversation. Anti-gun groups financed by anti-gun megalomaniac billionaire, outed for lying and falsifying stats on guns -- they get to be part of the conversation. Journalist who, in an attempt to prove how easy it is to buy a gun in America, tries to buy a gun only to fail the background check because of his history with alcohol abuse and domestic battery charge -- he gets to be part of the conversation. But 34-year-old attorney with 11 years of gun advocacy documented online, in print, and video, who is also an NRA commentator, gets invited to ask the current president a Second Amendment question only to have the White House say sorry, we're going to focus on other topics and are going to find another participant in place of the gun topic. And then watch in confusion as they talk about guns. No, he can't be a part of the conversation. That's a true story, by the way, circa 2013, but I digress.

    The NRATV commentator’s latest video adds to a long list of sexist comments he’s made, including referring to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as “THOT” (which means “that ho over there”) in a tweet because of her support for stronger gun laws and comparing paying taxes on a firearm purchase to rape in another tweet. (He later apologized for the latter claim.)

    During previous NRA videos, Noir also often intertwined his commentary on guns with commentary on women. In one instance, the video opened with a scene of a stylishly dressed woman standing in an alley. Doing a voice-over, Noir appeared to describe the woman, ranging from her clothing ("Her Jimmy Choos can't be comfortable, but you'd never know it"), to her intellect ("Chess, yeah it's a men's game, but when she plays, men pay"), to her actions ("Flirts more than you can handle, too. She's the kind to tell the bartender how to make her drink"). But in the final shot, the woman was seen holding a Heckler & Koch MR556 assault weapon and Noir revealed he was talking about the firearm the whole time (however nonsensically).

  • NRATV host suggests Kim Kardashian West's "PTSD" from robbery at gunpoint makes her too mentally ill to own gun

    NRATV’s Colion Noir deleted the video shortly after posting it

    Blog ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    In a video posted to his personal YouTube page, NRATV host Colion Noir attacked Kim Kardashian West’s support for National Gun Violence Awareness Day by baselessly claiming she has “several mental illnesses” including "PTSD."

    Noir’s video was a direct response to an open letter Kardashian West posted on her website on June 2 in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In her letter, Kardashian West pledged to wear “orange to show my support for stricter gun control laws” and expressed her disbelief that President Donald Trump signed a bill “revoking a regulation … that would have added 75,000 names of people with registered mental illnesses to a national background check database.” In February, Trump repealed a Social Security Administration (SSA) regulation that barred approximately 75,000 beneficiaries who had been adjudicated as having severe mental illness from owning guns. The National Rifle Association (NRA) championed the legislation with the false claim the SSA regulation prohibited gun ownership for people who merely need help with their finances. 

    Kardashian West closed her letter by reiterating that she is not against gun ownership entirely, adding that she understands the need for self-protection after she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. 

    Noir hosts a program on NRATV, the NRA's news outlet, and also serves as a commentator for the gun organization. He frequently offers inflammatory commentary on the gun violence issue, including once telling the parents of the victims of a high-profile shooting to not “become so emotional” in response to the tragedy.

    In his June 9 video, Noir called Kardashian West’s letter “disgustingly elitist, narcissistic, misleading, [and] flaming hot cheeto garbage." He went on to slam Kardashian West’s outrage at Trump’s decision to revoke the Obama-era regulation by repeating NRA's false claim that the regulation barred gun ownership for people who "simply need help with their personal finances," and claimed she has “several mental illnesses,” including “PTSD” after being robbed at gunpoint. Noir rhetorically asked Kardashian West how she would like her name added to the list of people who cannot own guns:

    COLION NOIR (HOST): In her unquenchable lust for attention, Kim Kardashian led the charge for Everytown [for Gun Safety] by releasing an open letter begging for more gun control. Kim, I don’t have a problem with you having an opinion on guns. It's a free country. If you want to fetishize gun violence awareness by posting a half-naked video of yourself in an orange sweatshirt, more power to you, boo boo. ... But I have to call you out on this disgustingly elitist, narcissistic, misleading, flaming hot cheeto garbage of an open letter you wrote. I have to admit, you’re the best spokesperson for this issue because you have a massive audience of mindless, superficial drones at your beck and call. But you’re also the worst spokesperson because your knowledge on the issue doesn’t go beyond “like, guns are bad, OK?” And you have a massive audience of mindless, superficial drones at your beck and call.

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    NOIR: Kim, let’s be real. You have a book of selfies. You are the epitome of a narcissist, which, last I checked, narcissistic personality disorder is a mental illness. Not to mention your self-admitted dealings with anxiety and the PTSD you suffered from being robbed at gunpoint. My dear, you have several mental illnesses. So should we make your name number 75,001 of people who should not be allowed to own guns? Then again, you are an elitist of the highest order, so I’m sure you’d consider yourself an exception.

    [...]

    NOIR: Do you see now how egregiously moronic your open letter makes you look?

    Noir deleted the video shortly after it was posted, but a copy was saved by Media Matters.

    Kardashian West reportedly sought counseling to deal with the traumatic aftermath of being robbed at gunpoint last year, but she never said that she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The federal prohibition on gun ownership -- which the SSA regulation comported to -- requires an individual be “adjudicated as” having severe mental illness or to have been “committed to any mental institution.” Noir offered no evidence that Kardashian West meets those criteria.

    This isn’t the first time NRA has gone after Kardashian West. On October 3, after Kardashian West -- who has previously called for Congress to take action on gun violence -- was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, the NRA mocked her on social media. The next day, the organization called her an “anti-gun zealot” in a write-up of the crime in its magazine America’s First Freedom. NRATV host Cam Edwards has also accused Kardashian West of hypocrisy, saying that she “get rid of her armed security” if she’s going to advocate for gun safety laws.

  • NRATV Host: Pointing Out Police Violence Disparities Faced By African Americans Is A “Negro Pity Party”

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Colion Noir, a host for the National Rifle Association’s NRATV, attacked Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham for writing a column that argued that African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims considering gun ownership “must also carry the sobering knowledge that constitutional guarantees tend to fall short when the hand holding a gun is black or brown.”

    In a December 8 video clip released by NRATV, Noir reacted to Graham’s piece, stating that it was an example of “exploitation of racial tension” and terming Graham’s argument a “negro pity party.”

    Graham wrote about minority gun ownership and police violence in a December 4 column addressing news reports that minorities are buying more guns in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory. Graham cautioned, “Here's what's also unfortunate: More people of color with guns will likely result in more people of color dead or in prison,” and continued:

    Minnesota's open carry law did not save Philando Castile. He informed the officer who stopped his car that he was carrying a licensed gun, but was still shot to death in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter in July. In 2014, Ohio's open-carry law did not spare the life of 12-year-old Tamir Rice , shot dead by a cop while playing with a toy gun. This past week, officials declined to charge a police officer in the shooting death of Keith Scott who may have had a gun in his possession but was not holding it when he was killed in Charlotte earlier this year. North Carolina is also an open-carry state.

    After Castile, who had a permit to carry a concealed gun, was shot and killed, the NRA was conspicuously silent, generating outrage from those who saw a double standard for how the NRA reacts to high-profile victims of gun violence. Following intense criticism, the NRA eventually released a perfunctory statement that did not even include Castile’s name. The NRA also had nothing to say about board member Ted Nugent, who promoted a fake news story that falsely identified Castile as a suspect in a robbery and wrote on social media that Castile did not have "enuf brainmatter (sic)" to avoid being shot. The police officer who shot Castile has since been charged with manslaughter.

    Noir’s full comments:

    COLION NOIR: The Boston Globe printed a piece this week called “More Guns, More Risk for People of Color.” Here’s a quote. “More people of color with guns will likely result in more people of color dead or in prison.” They actually printed this. And you see, the exploitation of racial tension is a big business in this country now-a-days. When you only give a platform to the far extremes, i.e. the covert, overt racists and those who believe everything is racist you only get deeper racial division. Telling me I’m a victim every chance you get doesn’t empower me, it facilitates feelings of inferiority, self-pity, hopelessness, an unhealthy dependency on a group of people who only see me as a human stepping stool to facilitate their need to bask in their own self-righteousness. This negro pity party is getting old. And if you really want to help black gun owners, how about you start changing the narrative and glorify the countless positive images of black gun owners and the non-black gun owners who embrace them and stop force feeding us inferiority. I’m not a stray dog, I don’t need you to save me so you can put a collar around my neck and then say you own me. Either power my self-sufficiency or leave me be, because I will not let you continue to make a victim out of me.

  • NRA Host: "Even Children Aren't Short Sighted Enough” To Think Stronger Gun Laws Are A "Rational" Response To The Orlando Massacre

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Colion Noir, the face of the National Rifle Association's media efforts, reacted to the worst mass shooting in United States history by claiming, "Even children aren't short sighted enough to think gun control is a rational response to terrorism."

    During the morning of June 12, a gunman wielding an assault weapon killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. 53 other people were hospitalized following the attack. The death toll in the shooting has surpassed other infamous mass shootings in the United States, including the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 children and six educators were killed. 

    Noir, who is an NRA News commentator and host of the NRA's millennial-geared web series Noir, wrote on Twitter, "Even children aren't short sighted enough to think gun control is a rational response to terrorism. They say make the monster go away."

     

    Following the high-profile murder of two Virginia journalists who were shot to death during a live television broadcast in August 2015, Noir warned the victims' parents not to "become so emotional" in response to the shooting that they would advocate for stronger gun laws.

  • VIDEO: The Repugnant Way The NRA Talks About Hillary Clinton

    Blog ››› ››› COLEMAN LOWNDES & TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    The National Rifle Association will surely attack Hillary Clinton during its annual meeting. Members of the NRA’s leadership have attacked Clinton for years with vile and paranoid claims.

    The NRA is holding its annual meeting from May 19-22 in Louisville, KY. On May 20, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, NRA top lobbyist Chris Cox, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and other conservative figures will speak at the meeting’s biggest event, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum.

    The NRA began its opposition to Clinton in earnest during its 2015 meeting with a gender-based attack. While addressing the NRA’s members, LaPierre said of the prospect of electing Clinton after President Obama’s term, “I have to tell you, eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” During that year's leadership forum, LaPierre claimed that Clinton “will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair” to America.

    While LaPierre supplies many of the NRA’s paranoid claims about Clinton and gun confiscation, the organization’s best-known leadership figure, board member Ted Nugent, offers disgusting attacks. Nugent has called Clinton a “toxic cunt,” a “two-bit whore,” and a “worthless bitch,” among other insults.

    Here is how the NRA leadership talks about Clinton:

     

     

     

  • NRA Commentator: People Who Hate Guns Should Own Body Armor As A “Passive Way To Protect Yourself From Being Shot”

    NRA's Colion Noir: “You Don’t Have To Watch The News Longer Than An Hour To Realize That The Structure Of Society Can Go Downhill In A Heartbeat”

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    A bizarre video released by an NRA News commentator touted several reasons to own body armor, including the claim that “if you don’t like guns and want nothing to do with them, you have every right to make less than smart decisions with your life, but I can’t think of a more passive way to protect yourself from being shot than owning body armor.”

    The video was published on April 20 by Colion Noir, who is an NRA News commentator and host of the NRA’s supposedly millennial-geared web series Noir.

    The video, “5 Reasons You Should Want Body Armor,” offers several arguments in favor of buying a plate carrier vest -- a piece of tactical gear that holds body armor -- and body armor plates to keep at home or carry while in public.

    While most of Noir’s suggestions were apparently geared toward gun owners, he also recommended people who make “make less than smart decisions with your life” and “want nothing to do with” guns should still own body armor because he “can’t think of a more passive way to protect yourself from being shot”:

    NOIR: Look, if you don’t like guns and want nothing to do with them, you have every right to make less than smart decisions with your life, but I can’t think of a more passive way to protect yourself from being shot than owning body armor. I’m not saying you have to channel your inner 50 Cent and wear a vest general purpose. But have armor in your home or bag, you have nothing to lose. You may not like guns or me for liking guns, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about your safety.

    In the video, Noir explains, “When people come to my place, it’s not the Rifle Dynamics AK-47 sitting on a coffee table that gives them pause; it’s my body armor,” before describing several other scenarios where he recommends owning body armor:

    • “Home Defense”: Noir said, “Along with my gun and flashlight, I keep a plate carrier with AR-500 armor plates in close proximity to my bed. If I’m incredibly unlucky and hear that bump in the night, it doesn’t take much effort to slip on the plate carrier or soft body armor and grab my gun. Sure that THOT [That Ho Over There] you just met and brought home from the club will likely look at the plate carrier sitting next to your bed a little funny, but you shouldn’t be dealing with THOTs without protection anyway.”
    • “Active Shooter – Conceal Carry”: Noir said, “Yes, you read that correctly, I conceal-carry body armor. … Since I’m usually carrying a bag of sorts, why not slip one of the AR-500 soft body armor plates into the bag. If I’m out and about and there happens to be an active shooter, I can just throw on the bag and use it as a shield, or give the bag to someone I love to do the aforementioned.”
    • “Civil UnRest/Apocalypse/SHTF”: Over footage that included the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and the televised beating of trucker Reginald Denny, Noir said, “Please believe, if the fall of society happens at two o’clock on a Tuesday, and for whatever reason I have to go outside, I’m walking outside like this. You don’t have to watch the news longer than an hour to realize that the structure of society can go downhill in a heartbeat. It may just be a temporary breakdown in society, like a crazy protest or looting after a major storm. But very permanent things can happen in temporary situations.”
    • “Road Trip”: Noir said, “I already have a rifle in my vehicle when I’m traveling. It was kind of a no-brainer to throw my carrier in as well. God forbid I’m stuck on a highway watching a terrorist go from car to car shooting at people. That carrier could come in pretty handy.”

    Noir often intertwines his commentary on guns with his commentary on women. In recurring segments on his show Noir, he narrated videos that appeared to be praising the appearance and personality attributes of an attractive woman, but at the end it is revealed that instead he was talking about the features of a high-end military-style assault weapon.

    Noir’s pro-gun commentary is often inflammatory. In February, Noir said that a tax that he had to pay on a firearm purchase was “rape.” He later apologized for the claim.

    Following the high-profile murder of two Virginia journalists who were shot to death during a live television broadcast in August 2015, Noir warned the victims' parents not to "become so emotional" in response to the shooting that they become advocates for stronger gun laws.

  • Weeks After Board Member's Anti-Semitism Controversy, The NRA Is Already Back To Making Hitler Comparisons

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    A commentary video from the National Rifle Association about gun laws in Scotland claimed that "anti-gun" American politicians denying that they are secretly plotting to ban guns is "like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler."

    NRA News commentator Colion Noir makes the comparison in a video released March 21 called "Scotland: Where Nightmares Are Reality." It attacks Scotland's move toward requiring residents who own airguns to obtain a permit, a proposal spurred by the death of a 2-year-old boy who was killed after being struck in the head by an airgun pellet in 2015. In 2011, the last year data is available, Scotland had 13 gun deaths, three of which were homicides.

    Suggesting that Scotland-style gun regulation could come to the United States, Noir attacked President Obama and other politicians who have praised the United Kingdom and Australia for passing laws to address gun violence.

    According to Noir, praising gun laws in Australia and the U.K. without also having a secret plan to ban guns in the U.S. is "like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler."

    Noir began his Hitler analogy by mentioning Obama and Hillary Clinton, whose faces were displayed in the video. Then, as he discussed "anti-gun" politicians, images appeared of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), all of whom are Jewish:

    NOIR: President Obama got up on national television and said that it's a conspiracy theory to think that anyone is trying to ban guns.

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    OBAMA: Are you suggesting that we are creating a plot to take everybody's guns away sothatwe can impose martial law -- is a conspiracy? Yes, that is a conspiracy.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    NOIR: Yet, this is the same president, along with Hillary Clinton and every other anti-gun politician, who praises the gun control laws in places like the U.K. and Australia where they've banned guns. That's like telling a Jew you're not an anti-Semite, you just love Hitler. I'm not trying to ban guns, I just like the gun laws in that country where they ban guns.

    The NRA's comparison between Jewish "anti-gun" politicians with supposed secret plans to ban guns and people who "love Hitler" follows an anti-Semitism controversy sparked by NRA board member Ted Nugent in February.

    On February 8, Nugent shared an image on his Facebook page headlined "So who is really behind gun control?" that depicted Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish-American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures featured descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg."

    The civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League quickly condemned Nugent, but he doubled down on his post with the claim "Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise." Nugent eventually apologized more than a week later, claiming he did not realize the image he posted -- which was filled with obvious anti-Semitic imagery and text -- was anti-Semitic.

  • NRA Commentator: Paying Taxes On A Firearm Purchase "Is Rape"

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    Colion Noir, the host of a National Rifle Association web series and an NRA News commentator, compared the tax on a firearm he purchased to rape.

    On February 23, Noir wrote on Twitter, "Just to own a rifle w/ a 15inch barrel I have to pay a $200 tax, wait 3-5months & BG Check & anti gunners want us to compromise. #ThatsRape":

    In response to a critic, Noir doubled down on his rhetoric, writing, "an arbitrary $200 tax on a gun I've paid 1-2k for is rape":

    Noir is likely referring to special procedures in place for purchasing firearms designated as Class III by the National Firearms Act. Individuals who wish to purchase fully automatic machineguns, short-barreled rifles, and silencers must apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and pay additional taxes and undergo a heightened background check.

    Since becoming an NRA host and commentator, Noir has demonstrated a penchant for making inflammatory pro-gun arguments. Following the high-profile murder of two Virginia journalists who were shoot to death during a live television broadcast in August 2015, Noir warned the victims' parents not to "become so emotional" in response to the shooting that they would advocate for stronger gun laws. Andy Parker, whose daughter was killed in the attack, responded, calling Noir's commentary "insulting and disingenuous."

    Noir has previously been criticizing for running segments on his NRA web series Noir that fetishized assault weapons as attractive women. In the segments, Noir appeared to be praising the appearance and personality attributes of an attractive woman, but at the end it is revealed that instead he was talking about the features of a high-end military-style assault weapon.

    UPDATE: After being criticized for comparing a tax on firearms to rape, Noir offered several justifications for his analogy on Twitter, arguing that rape was akin to the taking of property. In one instance, Noir wrote, "Your def of rape is myopic (only sex). True definition includes property":

  • NRA Host Suggests Hillary Clinton Is A "Gun Control" Ho For Commenting On San Bernardino Mass Shooting

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    Colion Noir, a commentator and web series host for the National Rifle Association's media arm NRA News, suggested that Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley are "gun control" hoes for calling for action to prevent gun violence following reports of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

    On Twitter, Noir referred to Clinton and O'Malley as "two gun control THOTS." THOT is an acronym for "that ho over there."

    Noir is the face of the NRA's efforts to attract a younger, more diverse demographic.

    As reports emerged of fatalities and up to 20 people shot in San Bernardino, Clinton wrote on Twitter, "I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now." O'Malley tweeted, "Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it's time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws."