The NRA Installs A New President And He Is Proof Of How Mentally Deranged The American Right Has Become
"Jim Porter of Birmingham, a longtime board member whose daddy's name graces an NRA championship shooting trophy, is expected to take office tomorrow in Houston at a national shindig that will include speeches by Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and John Bolton.
In addition to bearing a passing resemblance to Pappy O'Daniel, Porter works at his own law firm, where his areas of expertise include "defense of firearms manufacturers" from product-liability lawsuits. His NRA election announcement
also identifies him as a "special assistant attorney general for the
state of Alabama," which couldn't be independently verified by
publication time. But if true, Alabama must have one of the few
governments that Porter trusts, given his views on those scalawag
He laid those views out last summer in a videotaped address,
excerpted above, to rod-and-gun enthusiasts in Ulster County, New York.
While speaking to residents of that rural upstate region, which saw significant losses
in life and wealth fighting for the Union cause in the Civil War,
Porter took an unconventional tack. The NRA, he said in a
barbecue-licked Dixie lilt,
...was started 1871 right here in New York state. It was started by
some Yankee generals who didn’t like the way my Southern boys had the
ability to shoot in what we call the 'War of Northern Aggression.' Now,
y'all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the 'War of Northern
Aggression' down south.
apropos of the NRA's original purpose, Porter said: to train civilians
to use military-style weapons so that "when they’re ready to fight
tyranny, they’re ready to do it. Also, when they’re ready to fight
tyranny, they have the wherewithal and the weapons to do it."
the time to fight tyranny is now. "The NRA, I can assure you, is dug
in," he said. "And I can assure you, we're whipping their ass.
Everywhere we can go. Right, left, up and down."
Porter never specified who "they" were in his applause line, but he later ranted against Obama, "this fake president," whose "entire administration is anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Second Amendment."
He reserved special ire for Attorney General Eric Holder, whom he
called "rabidly anti-gun, rabidly un-American, involved in trying to
kill the Second Amendment at the United Nations."
The speech wasn't a fluke for Porter. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, he told an NRA interviewer
of the need to rally "warriors for freedom" against Obama's push not
merely for gun control, but for an all-encompassing "European
socialistic bureaucratic type of government."