Anyone who perhaps hoped new leadership at the National Rifle Association would bring a chance for dialogue on the gun issue should think again.
James Porter, an Alabama attorney who makes his living defending gun manufacturers in lawsuits, took over as president of the NRA this week. Even before assuming the new post, he told the rank and file they are the front line of a “culture war” that goes beyond gun rights. “(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors,” he said.
There's more. Porter has called President Barack Obama a “fake president,” Attorney General Eric Holder “rabidly un-American” and the U.S. Civil War the “War of Northern Aggression.”
He also wants every U.S. citizen to be trained in the use of standard military firearms, to allow them to defend themselves. From those damned Yankees, apparently.