NRA Called the New KKK – Fair Comment or Outrageous Statement?

In the aftermath of the Kansas City Chiefs’ shooting tragedy, a Fox Sports commentator called the NRA the new Ku Klux Klan in an anti-gun statement.

Ever since the weekend murder/suicide committed over the weekend by Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher, the issue of gun control has been brought back into the forefront of commentary.

According to an article on Examiner.com, NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas was the first to be criticized by gun rights advocates for his diatribe against gun ownership during halftime at a Cowboys-Eagles. But a Saturday column by Fox Sports commentator Jason Whitlock goes much further. And it didn’t end there. Whitlock backed it up going on to call the National Rifle Association “the new KKK" (Ku Klux Klan).

“I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, according to Examiner.com. He then reportedly went on to say, “I believe the NRA is the new KKK. The arming of so many black youths, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people that obviously don’t have our best interests.”

What do you think about these statements? Are they fair comments based on the situation or outrageous statements that he should apologize for?

Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
On what grounds? Name one policy they have that actively promotes the killing of blacks. Or any statement they've made that indicates any level of discrimination of racism. The statement was blatantly ignorant. Nothing more than an attempt to inflame.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You like this line. I still don't understand the reference. Please explain what you mean by this...
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Way wrong topic, but at least you have your facts completely wrong... The rich do pay more. They pay a higher percentage AND a higher $ amount. When Romney pays 15%, that's still more than you or I pay. The GOP just doesn't want that percentage to go up even more. And why should it? To say they don't pay their fair share is disengenuous at best...
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Couple of thoughts. 1) The founders gave us a right to bear arms not only to protect this country from whatever comes, but also to protect us from tyrants, including our own government. And I seriously believe that they would be even more interested in our right to protect ourselves now, given what our government has become (that's a dig at government in general, not our current administration - we've been on this road for many many years). 2) The KKK is, by it's very definition and goals, a racist organization. And this is actually using 'racist' in its real definition, not the 'racist' that we throw out now for no reason. If there was just one policy or statement that the NRA had that promoted the idea of social cleansing, then fine. But there's not. You don't have to agree with a group, but to not agree with them does not make them racist. I actually feel that this guy's statements were racist, implying that having guns available to blacks means they're going to shoot each other. Why the black community doesn't get outraged over comments like this I really don't understand....
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