NRA’s Hammer connects assault-weapons ban, racism


Media Matters’ Timothy Johnson flags a segment from NRA News that may seem like a parody intended to make the group look foolish, but it’s entirely legit (video via TPM).

As Johnson reported, the clip features former NRA president Marion Hammer complaining about Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) 1994 assault-weapons ban, and the senator’s renewed efforts to bring it back.

The NRA show’s host, Ginny Simone, argued that proponents of the idea “admit this is about banning the ugliest guns, it’s about cosmetics and it has nothing to do about how a firearm works.” Hammer responded, “Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago. But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”

Yep, Hammer actually equated discrimination against people on the basis of race and ethnicity to banning assault weapons.

And while it’s true that Hammer is no longer the president of the organization, it’s worth noting that she remains a lobbyist for the group and her comments were aired by NRA News.

What’s more, for the record, Feinstein and her allies have not “admitted” they want to limit sales of “ugly” guns; they’ve specified “the most dangerous guns.”

I’m beginning to think the NRA is not prepared for a serious, mature conversation about public policy.


NRA's Hammer connects assault-weapons ban, racism