Normally I’d hate to give the NRA any publicity. Their new ad deserves our condemnation. (More)

We are having a national conversation about gun safety and protecting our children from any more massacres. Today the President will reveal his proposals to deal with this horror. The NRA is one very loud voice in this conversation and hard to ignore. Even President George H. W. Bush a Lifetime Member of the NRA resigned in 1995 because they were too extreme:

I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.

You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list. Sincerely, [ signed ] George Bush

President Bush resigned after the extremism of the NRA following the Oklahoma City bombing.

Yesterday the NRA released a video attacking President Obama because his children have armed guards protecting them:

Put me down as appalled at this tactic. Of course the Obama girls have secret service protection as well they should. There are crazy people who threaten the first family on a regular basis. I can’t help but think that the NRA’s positions contribute to the craziness that feeds the nuts. It stretches the imagination to call this a national conversation. The rest of us may be trying to thoughtfully address ways to reduce mass murders but the NRA is not.

You may have read that after the Connecticut massacre, that NRA membership has increased.

The National Rifle Association is currently experiencing what officials say is an “unprecedented” jump in membership. More than 250,000 people have signed up in the last month, and the group is crediting the surge to Congress’ contemplation of new legislation that would restrict some forms of firearms.

If you read the entire article you will see that membership has increased but that the membership fees are “on sale.”

A lifetime membership, which usually goes for $1,000, now costs $300. The group throws in a monthly magazine (the reading variety, not ammunition), a decal for your car, as well as promises of membership discounts on hotels and car rentals.

A 70 percent discount is a tough deal to pass up. But the hotline was also offering discounts on a yearlong membership. The usual price was $35. It had been knocked down to $20.

On the NRA’s own page, you can sign up for a two-year membership for $50 (usually $60); a three-year membership for $70 (usually $85); and a five-year membership for $100 (usually $125).

I stock up on toilet paper when it goes on sale too. Just saying. I have heard a couple of friends and family talk about the surge in NRA membership as if it meant this or that about people’s views on guns. No one has mentioned the sale prices as part of the increased membership.

Crissie had a very informative series in Morning Feature last week. It is well worth reading for those who want to join the conversation about keeping our communities safer.

Talking About Guns- Rights and Wrongs

Talking About Guns- More Guns, More Crime

Talking About Guns- Words to Use, Words to Avoid

How low can the NRA go? I feel safe in guessing that using the President’s daughters is not the lowest but I shudder to think what can beat that. Meanwhile, the flyer from the grocery store says toilet paper is on sale and we do need that.