. . . a graduate of the Cumberland School of Law and a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Alabama. He volunteers his time and legal expertise to serve as a trustee of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund and as a legal advisor/counsel to the NRA in federal court litigation. Porter also serves as vice president of the Alabama Rifle & Pistol Association, and is a former trustee of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust as well as the Alabama Trust Fund.END OF UPDATE
The *National Rifle Association is a popular target (no pun intended) for progressives these days. Kevin Levin is the latest to wade in to the fray. I wonder what took him so long? He calls the new President of the NRA, Jim Porter, "bats**t crazy" due, ostensibly, to his referring to the War for Southern Independence (aka, the Civil War, aka the War Between the States) as "the War of Northern Aggression." Really? That term is used tongue-in-cheek at just about every non-academic WBTS event I attend - Civil War Roundtables, Reenactments, SCV meetings, etc, etc. Big deal. Levin should broaden his horizons a bit. Fellow blogger Scott Manning calls Levin on such a reaction and juvenile name-calling and is told to "take it easy." Amazing. A little pot and kettle going on there, wouldn't you say? Watch the video below and see what you think:
Levin and his followers also seem to think that the crowd's reaction (or non-reaction) to Porter's comments is worrisome. I guess they're troubled that not everyone shares their hand-wringing obsessing over such common terms being used by the unlettered. Maybe these elites could unpucker their panties if they would just consider NRA members as part of the great unwashed; just a bunch of illiterates needing to be re-educated. Hey, 5 million people - that's a whole lotta educatin' needs doin'. They should be glad to have so much work when our real unemployment rate (not the one from the trustworthy government) is running north of 10%. Think of it as a mission field.
Actually, I heard chuckles from the audience myself and, I believe, a hand clap or two. Big whoop. I think Levin is trying to manufacture something here, a mountain out of a mole hill, a "gotcha" moment so they can accuse the NRA of being a bunch of racist rednecks and, like their guru David Blight, make anyone espousing a conservative, traditionalist worldview into a modern reincarnation of the Confederacy. We've all seen this drill before. It's really getting a bit old, and rather easy to spot. But hey, what else do you do when the facts aren't on your side?
And, of course, the post and the comments that follow suggest Mr. Porter is "paranoid" because he mentions the threat of tyranny. (I think a talking point memo must have gone out to all these folks.) You'd think professional historians would be at least somewhat familiar with the threat of tyranny - given mankind's history and proclivities. And then others chime in suggesting associations with the KKK, extremists, blah, blah, blah. They got the script memorized well, I'll give 'em that much.You see how that works, if you believe the U.S. Constitution and disagree with a bunch of elitists and professional historians in academia, you're an extremist and recruiting material for the KKK. They can't debate the facts on this issue, so they descend to name-calling and using four-letter words. Oh, how classy and scholarly. Please, do keep it up.
As is usually the case, these elites are out of touch. I mean really out of touch. They're spending too much time talking to each other. They should get out more. In January of this year, a Pew Research Poll revealed the following:
As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.
Hmmm . . . I guess a healthy majority of Americans are suffering from bat-poop paranoia - a bunch of wackos just clingin' to God and guns. Well, praise the Lord and pass the Prozac!
Actually, Mr. Porter is simply echoing what the Founders intended in regards to the 2nd amendment of the United States Constitution and the NRA's mission regarding that intent. But, of course, we already knew that these elites think NRA members and those who support the 2nd amendment are just "bats**t crazy bitter-clingers." Ain't that right?
I would suggest these elites actually take time to study some history - and the United States Constitution and the words of the Founders. Otherwise, they're going to keep stepping in the guano.
*Full disclosure - I'm a proud, card-carrying member of the NRA. I have a follow up posts to this one as well as this one, which will further demonstrate that elites like Levin and much of academia are out of touch and absolutely clueless about this subject. Their comments and views are truly on the fringe.