NRA , SHOOTING SPORTS AND ME  *

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 I’M AMERICAN, A SHOOTING ENTHUSIAST — 

In a materialistic world, next to my MAC computers, needed because of what I write as a  journalist, photographer word hacker and American consumerist, I jokingly value my personal defense weapons the next favorite thing.  Many who are critics of politics, theology and food make an honest effort to protect them selves.

Almost 80, I recently sold my offensive mostly competitive and offensive heavy toys and weapons since I am retired.   For defensive use now  I have a few small discreet personal arms, .40 and a .380  when on the road but I’ll rely on my M5 and a shotgun for greater personal protection if I run into a situation.

👹   When you write about food as a critic, in my dreams I have a vision of a hatchet crazed chef mad because his Chicken Cordon Bleu tasted like KFC on steroids, and coming at me because I reported it as such. 

👹   And always a chance for a nut-case starved wannabe supporting anti-semitic causes or white supremacy threatening me,  let me help you get to Jesus sooner a lot sooner.

👹  Some of the products I write about as a religious consumer writer might just warrant protection too. Those who mysteriously get phone calls from God, or their believers get checks for thousands of dollars by praying, titheing, donating, and healings of cancer, leukemia, heart attacks, strokes, or a deadly ingrown toenail could easily rid the world of me.  I’ll always defend myself and help them find Jesus a lot sooner.  

👹  Television Preachers or Prosperity Preachers  want your money.  Do people really believe that crock of bovine excretion. They rape the US of funding for the poor, take money from your moms, grandmas and overseas folks of many dollars last year,  and estimated might top 2019 at  60 billion this year.  Totally world wide religious donations that never saw the poor topped 65 Billion not million.

👹 The NRA didn’t do too bad with 7,000,000 members at 30.00 plus they sucker each year plus donations from corporate gun manufacturers. There are better uses for these funds, real people in need.  But funds are dropping off as members find the lies within. Not true anymore, they are busted.


Loved Competition, My Guns And My Fellow Competitors  —  I spent years and lots of dollars as a dedicated competitive shooter earning points, not kills, in state and regional events for the sport of it.  The combat defense side, rifle and some simple sniper training was provided by the Armed Services, and well enhanced by IPSIC, and body guard  work and as a certified range officer.  I loaded my own ammunition, in three calibers, like many competitors, and so forth. My garage was alike an ammo dump. You don’t get good watching movies, you burn the brass at the range.

I was fully emerged and the NRA was in a leadership role at one time in the shooting sports, not anymore.  I really liked the sporting clays and skeet shooting.

I retired from competition some years ago, my age and related arthritis told me I was done, it means slower reflexes and I couldn’t compete against the kids anymore.  My dentist told me I’ll need a new cheek if I kept up with the shotgun.

The long rifle and the shotgun were edging me into a condition called TMJ by displacing the cheekbones my right side.  Tough decision but I gave up the large caliber rifle and shotguns.   I still use my handguns and retrain once a month at the range with Glocks, Ruger  and my Colt keeping fit. 

My 1187 with extended mag will send ten slugs and/or  hand loaded Titanium shot your way in seconds — Especially my homegrown shells with  #5 super hard Titanium pellets which will make Sushi ( looking like a dead fish) out of you.

My armament was never used for harm, simply sport and protection.  War was different.  They gave us guns, but being aircrew at times I liked the big stuff,  500 lb. bombs and aircraft  with nuclear capacity and for what they were intended.  We made many golf courses in foreign countries simply as sand traps came with the missed WWII bombs.  Some places in Afganistan and Iraq look like 6000 hole golf courses.  I worked on charity events for the women’s sporting foundation, potentially meeting some of the younger shooters priming for the Olympics.

I shot sporting clays with the bear, General Norman Schwartzkoph, one hell of a shooter.  I met with the Beretta family, even got a hat and borrowed a 20,000 dollar shotgun and fired icon greatness on one stage.  I was ready to sell the house and get one.


Challenges, Great Soldiers,  And Great Ladies Made The Game

Then I was introduced to Louise Mandrell, an American country music singer.  She is the younger sister of fellow country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. 

Louise had a successful singing career in country music from the 1970s, with a string of hits all during the 1980s.  She is an extremely good clays shooter in the top ranks.   Top drawer.  

What a wonderful trio of beautiful ladies each a pretty as a button, and I was gaga over Irlene because she played drums, could do a set with anyone,  I took drum lessons till the neighbors threatened to kill me and my parents.  I hunted upstate NY and Maine and hunted and supported charities like the Special Olympics, still do.

Irlene Mandrell is an accomplished hunter. She has hunted North America US and Mexico,  South America and Africa. She has killed several animals that qualify for the SCI Record Book. Mandrell is proficient with handgun, shotgun, rifle, and crossbow. She is very competitive in many sporting events, including as a race car driver. 

She is an active member of Quail Unlimited, Buckmasters, the NRA, Safari Club International, a life member of National Wild Turkey Federation and the Sportsman Against Hunger banquet, the National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation 

Irlene Mandrell participates in several charities, such as Pegasus, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, and Easter Seals, but is closest to Wish Upon A Star and the Boy Scouts. The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot raises a large amount of money for both Wish Upon A Star and the Boy Scouts. As a 501c3 charity event, the Shoot has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to these two causes.

I Loved The Games And Challenges —  I loved the game, the competition and as club VP created websites for the industry in the days when the computer was born and supported one company on the web for 34 years.  I support the second amendment when it protects people, but not when it is abused and lied about.   

The amendment is a relative suggestion, all the amendments have lines of reason.  You may own a gun but not a rocket launcher, nor a grenade. (They never mentioned the military weapons as sporters)  Gun ownership is a privilege, not an excuse, and safety and proper usage is it’s defining role.  Calling it a Colt sporter cost them 72 million dollars and a bankrupsty sell out.


The NRA Went Politically Incorrect —  I cried when I saw what happened to those children having kids in that school range, and middle to high school, and thinking it can’t get worse, I was wrong. 

It has happened again and again and in my own state three times.   Now adding 17 more to the carnage enough is enough.  It is a time for action not words, it has turned me against the lies and the politicians bought off by the gun lobby.

One picture here is significant, the guy in the grey shirt shooting an M-16 Shorty with picatinny rails, forward assist, small scope, collapse stock IS ME   35+ years ago when the shorty or correctly designated the M-4 carbine prototype was being field tested, a privilege and had not been issued as yet. Let me explain, the guy in the picture has hair, dark and plenty of it and during the test it was referred to as the M-17.  Thirty-five years ago I had dark hair, now what little is left comes from a tube of a new dye shampoo.  


NRA Arms And The T-Rump House  — JULY 18, 2018 - Maria Butina is an accused Russian spy who has been charged with infiltrating the NRA to influence US politics and help elect T-RUMP in 2016. “No matter how strongly Donald Trump denies collusion, his own Justice Department has indicted a Russian national by the name of Maria Butina,” explained Igor Volsky of Gun Down. “And it has accused this lifetime NRA member of working on behalf of the Russian government to infiltrate the National Rifle Association.

In 2011, Butina co-founded a group in Russia called Right To Bear Arms with top Putin insider Alexander Torsion.  Prosecutors allege that Butina and Torshin were trying to set up secret meetings between then candidate Trump and President Putin.  And though the meetings never took place, they did connect with Donald Trump Jr. 

It’s unclear how much the NRA knew about Butane’s agenda, though the organization is reportedly under FBI investigation for potentially funneling Russian money into the election. And the whole indictment highlights what many have already known about the gun lobby — that it will clearly stop at nothing to grow its political power.  

They jailed Butina on charges that she is a Russian agent who worked surreptitiously, on orders from a close crony of Vladimir Putin’s, to subvert US politics for Russia’s benefit. But in the era of Trump, days after a summit in Helsinki, Finland, that forced the entire world to reckon with just how blatantly subservient the American president is to the Russian president, the distinction between Russian and Republican is not what it once was.


Where Is The NRA I Knew?  —  I was a life member of the NRA, and quit when they became political hacks, liars, story tellers and bribery became their main calling with your dues being given to politicians.  

Years ago, I forget exactly, maybe mid to late 80’s at an NRA rally in Tampa,  I was a member and believer in the NRA and asked to and addressed with several other speakers, the mostly adult crowd at the Tampa police Range, now closed, some in semi military uniforms with cute children in matching camos and cowboy boots.  This is the South, and dress for success has some strange codes.   I simply see it as a Generic Inbreeding of Unfit Social Culture, when you see kids with pants falling below their butts and think it’s cool, they are imitating the State and Federal Jail Fraternity ( Good Mentors) and gang members of the Sheer Stupidity Moron Soon to Die Club.

The occasion was representative of the paranoia and fear when some restrictions on firearms (big magazines and auto firearms) were being discussed in Congress.  The crowd was pretty well charged up.  My turn to speak and I defended our rights under the second amendment and basic Republican Principles, I promoted the NRA,  and then:

  • I asked them to raise their hands and show their membership card  if they supported the NRA, hands went up.
  • I  asked them to hold up their drivers license’s, most raised their hands.
  • I asked them if they had a credit card, yes, hands went up about half.
  • Then I asked them to hold up their Voter Registration cards… and it was a pathetic sight.
  • I was dealing with wannabes’ —    


T-Rump — NRA’s Script  —  Horse Sh*t — Usually Found Near A Horses Ass

President Trump met with state and local officials on school violence Thursday, including former now Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Closest Florida Friend, Rick Scotts pick, the man who frauds Medicare for two billion dollars, and Trumps dollars went to her during the election)  Potentially looking at a post in DC, the real reason she’s there, certified GOP party girl and career seeker and he likes a Blond on his left and in the bedroom) 

In trying to clarify his Wednesday comments about arming teachers and other school personnel, President Trump, a day later, aligned himself even more closely with the National Rifle Association on the issue of teachers with guns and beefing up school security.  

Whats the secret,  he needs their 5,000,000 paid members for votes since those Neanderthals are part of the GOP base. So much so, they seemed, at times, to be reading from the same script.  Are you nuts, you don’t see it?   Of course he’s reading from their scripts, thats what certified scumbags do, it’s their party line.   

He never writes what he reads, because he suffers from Cranial Rectal Dyslexia, or what we call a potty mouth caused by sh*t for brains.  That’s what his fake scriptwriters are for,  a fake President.  Steve Miller should have be interned in a mental institution years ago. Only 5,000,000  members in the NRA and their other money comes form the sale of guns, like large donations from manufacturers. 

If we use the GOP blame game against them, the GOP base are the real facilitators of children being killed.

Since 2004, the group has averaged about $128 million a year in total membership revenue. But that number has varied from $72 million in 2006 to $228 million in 2007, a peak it hasn't come close to matching since.

Membership revenue seems to spike following mass shootings and the resultant national discussions about gun control and gun rights. For instance, that 2007 peak came in the year that a gunman murdered 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech.    And in 2013, membership revenue increased by 63 percent over the previous year, following the killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012.

Membership revenue declined slightly in 2016, the most recent year for which IRS data is available. The group also raised the price of annual memberships that year, which may have something to do with the decline.


Florida Flake -  Sen. Marco Rubio Soft On Gun Restrictions  —  Senator Marco Rubio, certified candidate loser, side changer and T-RUMP blowjob…has caved as expected.  e and a Spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum on Wednesday night in Florida after they refused to back new gun control measures.

The spokeswoman for the NRA Dana Loesch, offering the group’s first public comments after a shooting last week at a Florida high school, strongly defended the gun advocacy group’s positions in front of students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“People who are crazy should not be able to get firearms,” she said, insisting that enforcement of mental health laws, not new gun restrictions, would prevent future massacres.

Big deal few of them have the money or the wits to buy a gun, just wasted corpo guano rhetoric — 

Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida, also drew the ire of the crowd for refusing to support a ban on assault weapons and for saying that he intended to continue accepting money from the NRA and other groups that support his pro-gun agenda —    He’s just another goose stepping GOP loser who has done nothing in his career except taking up space and taking money from the NRA.  Scumbag alert!

Ms. Loesch and Mr. Rubio appeared during the two-hour forum, broadcast on CNN from a site near Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., knowing full well that they would be assailed by the gathering of people directly affected by the mass shooting last week.  Both should resign, they atre the ones who talk , but don’t walk.


NRA Leader Warns Conservatives —  So when it comes to “hardening" schools, not a phrase that was in wide use before Thursday, and speaking out against "gun-free zones," it appears the president and the NRA are, well, on the same page.  Trump does appear, however, to differ with the gun lobby when it comes to his support of increasing the age to be able to buy an assault rifle, from 18 to 21. Trump said he wasn’t concerned, though, about that.

I don't think I'll be going up against them," Trump said. "I really think the NRA wants to do what's right. I mean, they're very close to me; I'm very close to them; they're very, very great people. They love this country. They're patriots. The NRA wants to do the right thing.”   A large crop of sh*t just flew out of the toilets after Air Force was raking T-RUMP to play golf in Ireland.


The Fake Messiah Speaks  — And he’s spoken like the true scumbag he is, nothing but a frikken draft-dodging narcissistic coward, and needs any friends he can find,  since his counterpunching never seems to work —  they coach him on what to say.  Then in his next sentence, he may have given away the reason he and the NRA seem to be using similar, and sometimes the exact same, language — 

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They made him practice —  “i’ve spoken to them often in the last two days,” t-rump acknowledged, “ and they want to do the right thing. they have never done the right thing — they are liars too, not patriots, from the black helicopters to the secret army bullshit on our soil —  they spread, lies and more lies about the second amendment —  and just about everything else.


Advocate To Adversary   —  Those who fervently defended their right to bear arms and voted for the men to protect those rights were on a noble trip but driven by a fools errand.  Many important decisions are made by our Congressmen and Senators.  They, some of those bouffant  brained useless individuals are not supporting the publics wishes, ignoring the situation, bowing to the demands of the Gun Lobby and running like the cowards they really are.

Whom you elected did not abide by what you voted for.  This is wrong.  78% voted for more stringent gun control before all the mass shootings took place and it failed in Congress since the NRA bought them off a long time ago.  It’s now in the higher eighties and close to 90%.

And voting is the answer to gun control.  We vote hopefully to put those with our interests in place to make wrongs right.   We have serious issues in this country, and most of it being caused by whom we elect.  They have all been bought off, lock stock and barrel, from the local state representatives to Congress.  Its time to take the streets back from the bad guys and the men who are bought and sold by the NRA using the second amendment to justify, as they are as guilty as the shooters.

I was a lifetime member at this point. I had the magazine subscriptions, the cheap Gold plated Lifetime belt buckle and deeply embedded  in the Second Amendment.  Years later after the NRA got too political and good research proved there was more lies than truth, I donated the shiny buckle and it’s cheap plating to the Atlantic ocean, the magazine collection to the trash, dumped my website...

I could not support a bunch of liars, and political hacks, who cared about the dollar more than people. Worse after attending the gun shows I saw an element of society that really fit the bill of the NRA.  Speaking with some of them, I saw more mental issues and lies than at a crackhead convention.


Voters Don’t Vet Who They Vote For  —  Most voting decisions are made in the curtained voter both usually based on a previous decision by what TV Channel you watch or name recognition.  This is wrong.  Many votes are simply unthought of, unchallenged, unqualified and unsupported, you pick a name and lets see what happens. Lately seven, maybe eight of ten are bad choices.

And year after year, those same politicians will do nothing, respond to nothing, repair nothing, but cheerfully accept huge donations from groups that fuel the gun lobby, mainly the National Rifle Association with the complete knowledge of the usual propaganda and mis-truths.  

Though a majority of members voted for more stringent gun controls, it went unheard by the NRA hierarchy.  Money trumps almost anything.  Trump is all about the money.

In any other industry this would be called “Bribery”.  In other countries, they might get shot.   But this not the whole or real picture.  This is wrong and it has gone on too long.  The NRA recently stands for “ Nothing Real America” and has become in a sense its own militia.

The NRA is a company that talks about rights and freedoms and lies through its teeth to its constituents and members, ignoring their wishes and altering the progress needed to bring forward safety for all in the country.  This is wrong. The truth is the position of the good members of the NRA is being ignored when a substantial percentage of 80% plus want to change the gun registration laws, with common sense approaches and enforce the established laws which are ignored. New leadership is needed.  I wrote this 25 years ago.

05/24/2022