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Anti-gunners are masters of self-delusion, it seems.
Not only can they completely dismiss the fact that crime soars in anti-gun enclaves, but they can also manage to convince themselves that everyone secretly agrees with them, no matter what. I’m not just talking about the polling numbers they spout that claim a majority do. Those numbers exist, even if I’m skeptical of anti-gunners think they mean.
No, I mean some actually believe the NRA’s membership agrees with them.
Gun control advocate Igor Volsky on Wednesday told Hill.TV that he was surprised at how many gun owners agreed that the standard of gun ownership should be raised in the U.S. when he talked to people across the nation to do research for a book.
Volsky, the founder of group Guns Down, is promoting his new book, “Guns Down: How To Defeat The NRA And Build A Safer Future With Fewer Guns.”
Volsky argued that most NRA members don’t necessarily agree with the rhetoric coming out of the organization.
“What you often hear from the NRA, which is the loudest voice in the room, are the opinions and beliefs of the gun industry who fund significant parts of the NRA, not of most of the members of the NRA who actually agree with this idea that our country is a bit out of whack when it comes to guns,” he said.
So what does Volsky cite to back up this assertion? Mostly, his talking with a few gun owners while working on his anti-gun book.
In other words, he went out looking for Fudds, found some, and is now completely convinced that he knows the real pulse of the National Rifle Association’s membership.
Look, I know for a fact that a lot of NRA members aren’t thrilled with some of the positions the organization is taking, but not because they’re too pro-gun. That’s not even a point of contention among my fellow NRA members. Oh, there’s the odd one or two that are what Volsky claims, sure, but most are members precisely because the NRA is standing up for gun rights.
Where they get upset is when the NRA works with the political landscape as it is, rather than how we would prefer it to be.
Volsky, however, doesn’t get that. He wouldn’t. After all, he’s an anti-gunner who went looking for voices, and because of his position on the topic, it’s unlikely that he spoke to anyone who was pro-gun.
Either that or he took the pro-gun comments about responsibility and safety and simply assumed that meant those gun owners supported more gun laws, which isn’t necessarily true.
Meanwhile, Volsky’s comments are landing on The Hill and are likely to be cited as if they’re gospel facts.
The truth is that the only group who knows who the NRA members are is the NRA. It’s also is the only organization who poll its members to see what the membership thinks, and guess what those polls routinely find?
I’ll give you a hint: Volsky wouldn’t like the results at all.
But Volsky, like most anti-gunners, is good at believing whatever fairytales help him sleep and night and not the hard truth that we really are out here.