How would you like to be declared, quite formally mind you, an enemy of the NRA? Well, if so, you’ll be in good company. Right now, the list includes: the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of Police Organizations, the AARP, the Children’s Defense Fund, the American Firearms Association, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the United Methodist Church, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers, and Hallmark Cards.
I think they’re sick of making cards saying, ‘You’ve been shot? Again? Oh well. Long live freedom!’
Here’s the full list. (Note, the link I had–which was directly from their site–is now defunct. I had to find the list off an older, secondary site because the NRA took theirs down in the last two days . . . I wonder why?)
As for me, apparently I have “grossly overestimated’ my importance (so says Charlie Collier, editor extraordinaire at Wipf & Stock Books–thanks, Chuck) because I’m sad I’m not on the list. So, a big shout-out to Charlie and the NRA for bringing me down a notch. I seriously have to rectify this though, like, right now. So, I’m going to send them a copy of ‘A Faith Not Worth Fighting For’. Being the good American Jesus-loving, gun fetishists they are, I bet they’ll appreciate the sentiment. The rest of you, all thirteen of you (wait, Professor Karr, are you still there?), do what you can do to make the list. Send them some good Christian pacifist literature. Or, anarchist pacifist literature. Or, ‘your penis will still function even without a gun’ literature. Or, you know, just a hallmark card wishing them well.
That’s the least we can do for an organization that has so much going against it. Poor oppressed assault weapons-wielding gun owners.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.