Sorry for the original confusing title. My question is how can we know the NRA's true agenda? Is it to protect gun owners legitimate rights? Is it to create a civic religion around invented gun rights to use as a political power base? Or is there a more insidious agenda to insure increasing gun sales by ginning up fear... first with gun owners with a constant barrage of paranoia jack-booted government thugs are out to take your guns... AND ginning up fear with the 2/3eds American households who don't yet have guns by sabotaging gun control laws to insure criminals will always have access to a ready supply?
It should come as no surprise that we should pay no attention to the words spoken by public officials or companies. They are often designed to put a respectable face over some despicable action. But if we know they're probably lying, how do we deduce their true agenda?
For instance the GOP has passed round after round of irresponsible tax cuts always under the guise of high principle such as "the surplus proves we're over-taxed"; "tax cuts are necessary for job creators"; "you can't pass a tax increase during an economic boom since it will threaten the economy'; and "we can't pass a tax hike during a bad economy". Yet there's always some level of internal consistency that underlies all the outward contradictions. In this case... we must always be passing (or protecting) tax cuts no matter what... even if revenue has been essentially below 2000 levels for most of the past 13 years. But why?
We COULD assume the GOP can't understand second grade math, or we can look for a more cynical motive they can never admit to: that they are deliberately trying to sabotage the fiscal health of the Nation. But why would they want to act in such traitorous manner? That's easy. They could never honestly run on this platform and win, but if they create a fiscal crisis, it's the best cover they have to weaken or dismantle safety net programs they've always opposed. Their manufactured crisis will start to convince some who otherwise might not even consider these far right arguments. And this is what the GOP is now doing... going in for the kill.
So if we look at the NRA we KNOW they will always place a respectable face on whatever they do. They could never portray themselves as extremists or unreasonable. They will claim they are out to protect the legitimate Second Amendment rights of gun owners. But they also claim to support the instant background check system (NICS). But they support NICS as long as there are gaping holes in the system that can allow criminals to circumvent the checks.
Because NICS doesn't contain complete mental health records from perhaps half the states, the NRA claims they don't want what a "defective" NICS system extended to gun shows and other private sales. Yet the NRA claims to support the NICS system the intent of which to prevent some from obtaining firearms!
If the NRA truly wanted to prevent as many criminals and those with relevant mental illnesses from obtaining firearms, the NRA has two choices. They COULD use their considerable political power to strengthen NICS instead of complaining about it... The second is choice is extended NICS gun shows and individual sales. It the intent is to keep as many guns out the hands of criminals, even without complete mental health records, this WOULD CATCH MANY MORE CRIMINALS!!! Isn't that one of the main reasons the NRA claims it supports NICS? But do they only support it if it's full of holes? Would we believe a politician who claimed s/he wanted to go after tax cheats then tried to sabotage IRS funding and enforcement by the back door?
So how do we weed through the bizarre if not seemingly contradictory statements the NRA's makes to look for that level of internal consistency which is their true agenda they can never admit to?
If true, and knowing it's an agenda they could NEVER admit to, would the NRA be acting any differently if they WANTED criminals to have a steady supply of guns? It seems there may be more evidence for this hidden agenda than their public claim they don't want to inconvenience gun hobbyists and enthusiasts. But then that's pure madness. Why would any responsible organization want criminals to have reliable access to a supply guns?