The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) political wing added to its portfolio of actions not to take by endorsing Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson. In its statement of endorsement, the NRA noted Jackson’s support of gun owners’ rights stemming from a candidate questionnaire the Chesapeake minister filled out for the gun-obsessed organization.
In response to the NRA’s endorsement, Jackson stated that the association is "a bulwark against those who seek to infringe upon our citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights" and pledged to "boldly advocate" for those rights "at every opportunity." One could also argue that the NRA is a bulwark against rational debate regarding reasonable gun control in the U.S., potentially depriving thousands of Americans of their lives through senseless gun violence.
Not content with sucking up to a potentially colossal political donor and campaign supporter, Jackson also sought to shed a spotlight on the difference between his views on guns and those of his Democratic opponent for lieutenant governor, Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk).
According to Jackson, "There could not be a sharper contrast between myself and my opponent on this issue.” Indeed, there is a big gulf between these two individuals. On the one side there is sensibility (Sen. Northam), and on the other side there is…E.W. Jackson.
It is curious to me how a so-called “man of God” could advocate so forcefully for instruments that can lead to so much human harm. My assumption is that an individual of true faith in the Christian God would be more inclined to “turn the other cheek” and not worry so much about the harm that can befall us in this life or devices that can cause so much harm.
Jackson is, of course, an insincere demagogue like his running mate, Ken Cuccinelli. Neither of these individuals seems to have a shred of integrity and will, therefore, pay lip service to any association or cause that will leap frog them into their desired positions of political power.
As for the NRA, chalk another one up on the actions not to take list as it continues to drive a wedge
between Americans who believe in the right to bear arms (with exceptions) and Americans who see no room for exceptions in the gun control debate.