No, Morning Joe, the NRA Does Not ‘Incite Violence’
Talk show host Joe Scarborough showed his support for banning National Rifle Association programming from Apple, Roku, Google and other platforms by making the outrageous statement that gun instruction and Second Amendment advocacy videos “incite violence.”
Is there any proof of this? Not one bit. There have never been any links between the various programs on NRATV and mass shootings, criminal behavior, or any other sort of violence like we saw in Florida.
The narrative that is being driven in the media today about NRATV would make anyone ignorant of the subject think viewers are being trained to be violent, psychopathic killers who devalue human life. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I have to ask Mr. Scarborough how Cam Edwards incites violence by educating viewers about gun ownership, the Second Amendment, and other issues related to freedom. How about the series by Grant Stinchfield, who explores political issues and exposes government waste, fraud, and abuse?
Does Colion Noir incite violence when he reviews guns, explains how they work, and educates people who know little about how the Second Amendment relates to all of our freedoms? The same can be asked about “Defending Our America” where concerned citizens discuss issues relating to freedom and guns.
Whether it’s the women of the NRA in “Armed and Fabulous,” who teach other women how to defend themselves from attackers, or Dana Loesch, who has been a bold spokesperson for freedom and doesn’t shy away from calling out the Left’s hateful rhetoric, NRATV hosts promote awareness, responsibility, and competence, not violence.
The NRA has been around since 1871. You would think that if it incites violence we would have seen evidence of it before Joe Scarborough’s Twitter rant. We haven’t. That’s because the NRA has never been about bloodlust. The primary goal of the association when it first started was to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis,” and it has done more to prepare people to stand against violence than any blowhard liberal commentator.
In the late 19th century the NRA developed practice grounds so American citizens could be better prepared to defend themselves. It has also promoted shooting sports, including youth programs in partnership with the Boy Scouts, the American Legion, and the Royal Rangers. The last time I checked, no mass shooter was a Boy Scout.
Over the years, the NRA has been committed to training, education and shooting skills.