February 17, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Cable, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, MSNBC, NRA, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Once again MSNBC has accused the National Rifle Association of being racists. Now host Alex Wagner claimed that NRA chief Wayne LaPierre employed coded racism in a recent op ed he wrote.
The day after the President’s State of the Union speech, LaPierre posted an op ed detailing the NRA’s response to Obama’s speech. In the op ed, LaPierre said that gun ownership was not just “paranoia.”
Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Riots. Terrorists. Gangs. Lone criminals. These are perils we are sure to face–not just maybe. It’s not paranoia to buy a gun. It’s survival. It’s responsible behavior, and it’s time we encourage law-abiding Americans to do just that.
This paragraph is what set Wagner off. “There’s also a lot of racial–racism imbedded in that full statement. He goes on to impugn Latin America as these kind of dark nights with dark people in Brooklyn,” she said.
LaPaierre also pointed out that there was some looting that went on in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. “Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn,” he wrote in his op ed.
This line caused panelist Joy Reid to break out her mind reading cap to divine that LaPierre was afraid of “dark people.”
“He has this vision of brown and black people running around looting and burning and we have to get guns to shoot them,” Reid said.
Of course, LaPierre made no such statement.
A full transcript of the segment is posted at Newsbusters.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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