In his latest animation, Mark Fiore depicts how the National Rifle Association is preying on people's vulnerabilities to push gun sales at its annual convention, which took place over the weekend. Fiore also reveals how the organization's fear-mongering had a direct effect on someone close to his family quite recently. Read his poignant introduction and watch the mesmerizing video of "NRA Hypnosis" below.
I had already been planning on cartooning the National Rifle Association's ridiculous annual meeting when my nephew's unarmed friend got killed in what is shaping up to be another "Stand Your Ground" case. The circumstances surrounding this shooting may make things a little more difficult for the shooter, who was basically laying in wait to murder someone. The shooter's defense attorney has already said his client is going to use a Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground defense.
Regardless of what the circumstances are in this particular case that happened to strike close to my family, it is perfectly clear that the NRA is stoking the fires of paranoia and fear in order to pass legislation, sell more guns and make more money. All you have to do is listen to the apocalyptic, conspiratorial speech made by the NRA's Wayne LaPierre to get so scared you probably will rush right out and buy a couple AR-15s. (Which were conveniently available at the time of the speech in an adjoining gun showroom that covered nine (9) acres.)
It is baffling to me that members of Congress speak at the NRA's annual gun fest, an orgy of military hardware marketed to civilians, while the head of the gun lobby group essentially trumpets the need for armed revolt. (Join now, buy now!) As a bonus, the NRA held a "Youth Day" last Sunday, which coincidentally was the day my nephew's unarmed 17-year-old friend was killed. Ugh. While you're watching the cartoon, see if you can pick out which lines are direct quotes from Wayne LaPierre, and which are my interpretation.