NRA Called the New KKK – Fair Comment or Outrageous Statement?

In the aftermath of the Kansas City Chiefs’ shooting tragedy, a Fox Sports commentator called the NRA the new Ku Klux Klan in an anti-gun statement.

Ever since the weekend murder/suicide committed over the weekend by Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Jovan Belcher, the issue of gun control has been brought back into the forefront of commentary.

According to an article on Examiner.com, NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas was the first to be criticized by gun rights advocates for his diatribe against gun ownership during halftime at a Cowboys-Eagles. But a Saturday column by Fox Sports commentator Jason Whitlock goes much further. And it didn’t end there. Whitlock backed it up going on to call the National Rifle Association “the new KKK" (Ku Klux Klan).

“I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, according to Examiner.com. He then reportedly went on to say, “I believe the NRA is the new KKK. The arming of so many black youths, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people that obviously don’t have our best interests.”

What do you think about these statements? Are they fair comments based on the situation or outrageous statements that he should apologize for?

Mr. B December 06, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I still can't see the connection. How can the NRA (which I will grant is a seriously pro-gun at any cost organization) even be remotely referred to as the KKK. I am old enough to remember the klan and the outrageous, illegal, insensitive to say the least things they did. I'm not just talking about marching in protest of integration, burning crosses, etc. but things like tarring and feathering a white man that dated a black woman. Those were insane days. Trying to blame black on black violence on an organization that pushes for LEGAL gun ownership is ridiculous.
Gramps Pupany December 06, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Don't be distracted by these idiots. Here's the REAL crime, and if we don't ALL do something to stop it, you won't have money to buy bullets or sheets! Read on. The GOP still wants us poor and middle class folks (making less than $250,000/year...some "poor" people) to pay the income taxes of those making $250,001 and more. When did we ever vote to get SCREWED into paying the taxes of millionaires??? When you go out to dinner, do you pay half the dinner bill of the guy sitting next to you just because he's rich??? Hell no! But that's what Boehner and McConnell want us "poor suckers" to do...pay half the taxes of their millionaire friends. Oh, you say you don't know who their rich friends are??? Just look at who gave them the most money in the last election. That's who the GOP represents, my friends...not the working man. Screwed once, shame on me! Not next time. I'll pay my way...you pay yours. I can't afford to vote for one of these "generous" Republicans again. How 'bout you?
North Georgia Weather December 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Gramps... are you posting in the correct topic here? and let me ask you something, are you willing to pay for the table next to you in that restaurant? Because the way we're headed, all of those entitlements are coming out of YOUR pocket. That ought to make you just a little mad? I mean, c'mon, you grew up in a time when you had to work to get by. No one coddled you along with foodstamps, cheap housing, and free cell phones did they? I'd rather see them take more money our of my pocket to pay down the debt, but NOT if they are going to increase spending. How friggin' foolish is that? Spending MUST be reduced.
Mr. B December 06, 2012 at 11:29 PM
"I'll pay my way...you pay yours." That sounds like you're for a tax increase on the poor. Watch what you say around here, someone might accuse you of fairness.
Phillip December 06, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Why are you anti-NRA? They are the foremost source of firearms safety training in the US. They are the oldest civil rights organization in the US. You probably never considered this topic from that perspective, but having the practical means (a firearm) to protect yourself is your civil right. Whether you choose to exercise that right is your perogative, but why would any citizen give up their right to make that choice? Circumstances change, you may not want to exercise your right now, but you may in the future. And since you are black, if you research gun control laws (Google) you will find that many of these laws were originally passed to keep minority groups from having access to arms for self-defense. Even more of a reason why it is ridiculous to label the NRA as the new KKK. That is just a stupid comment, and I resent it and will not let it go unchallenged.
Phillip December 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Wrong topic Gramps. But if you want to post about taxes, please Research (Google will work) two topics. "Progressive tax rate". That is what we already have in the US Gramps, higher earners pay a higher income tax % than lower earners, and about 47% of US citizens pay zero income tax Gramps. I do not think it is healthy when folks vote but have no "skin in the game". Next Google "Earned Income Tax Credit" to learn how millions of Americans pay zero income taxes but get a tax refund back. I will vote for whichever candidate, regardless of party, will cut this insane level of government spending that will bankrupt our children and grandchildren Gramps.
Michael k December 07, 2012 at 12:53 AM
It’s curious how some people can be so passionate about the Second Amendment and so utterly opposed to the First.
Michael k December 07, 2012 at 01:00 AM
@Phillip - If you want to post about taxes, please Research (Google will work) capital gains taxes. High earners do not necessarily pay higher income tax % than lower earners. In many cases high earners pay lower income tax % than lower earners because those higher earners are earning their income in the form of capital gains rather than salary. And the 47% who pay no federal income tax, pay a much higher percentage of their income as taxes than higher earners. It may not be federal income tax, but rather payroll taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, local property taxes, taxes that are hidden as fees for licenses, phones, cable, their childrens' public school extracurricular activities, etc...
Michael k December 07, 2012 at 01:26 AM
@North Georgia Weather - I agree if someone is intent to kill he/she is going to do it with a gun or not. I don't blame the gun. But you are naive if you honestly believe that the overwhelming proliferation of guns does not correlate to more killings. And I believe your 99.9% is a made up statistic. I don't advocate outlawing guns and I don't object to you owning them for protection and sporting purposes so long as you pass a background check. And there should not be loopholes in the process background check process. The NRA is a responsible advocacy group in many ways. At the same time the NRA is irresponsible when it does not support issues that are contrary to a responsible, law-abiding membership. For example the NRA fought a ban on cop-killer bullets. They fought an effort to micro-stamp bullets. There should be a public debate. Deaths resulting from guns is a problem. The guns aren't the only problem that is for sure but it is naive to think they are no part of the problem.
David Brown December 07, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I don't consider the NRA a civil rights organization. The oldest civil rights organization is the NAACP, which was founded in 1909.
Hal Schneider December 07, 2012 at 03:16 AM
By equating the NRA to the KKK, Whitlock is doing what has become the popular tactic of the left over the past 15 to 20 years, but most especially since Barack Obama has taken office. He is calling members of the NRA racists! It is the popular thing to do on the left whenever anyone disagrees with their policies and they have no real argument to put forth! Truly pathetic!
Good Grief Y'all December 07, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Ronald Reagan:“The Earned Income Tax Credit is the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.” The EITC was started under the Nixon admin. and expanded under Reagan. It's purpose was to get people off welfare by taking low-wage jobs without also working for the tax man. http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-21/best-anti-poverty-tax-measure-chopping-block: “(The EITC) successfully meets its explicit goal of encouraging low-income parents to go to work by, in effect, lowering their tax rate and providing a financial bonus for that work effort,” the study found. “It has been especially effective in encouraging single parents, particularly women, to obtain employment.” You might argue that you're swapping welfare payments for reduced taxes, but the working person has more to spend in the economy and a basis to improve their station in life. Isn't that better for all? Not to mention, more children are less hungry because of the EITC.
Glenn December 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Whitlock should remember that the KKK was formed and perpetuated by a group of racist and desperate Southern DEMOCRATS. The NRA bears no resemblance. Whitlock and Costas have seized an opportunity to put themselves in the limelight (especially Costas). It is a fact that areas of the US with the strictest gun control laws have the highest crime rates. Responsible American's must never be disarmed.
Chris P December 07, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The comment by Whitlock is not "thought provoking" but instead totally outrageous and an apology is due to the NRA. The murder-suicide, while tragic, serves to point to other issues here namely the individual himself.
BStein December 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
To equate the KKK with the NRA in my opinion is incorrect, that doesn't mean we have to agree with anything the NRA does though, The NRA, cloaked in the second amendment is really just the lobbying arm of the republican party and the gun manufacturers, if you read the constitution, no where in the second amendment does it mention anything about guns. The 2nd amenment was created as to protect us from foreign invaders, i.e. the British, that obviously is not a threat to us as a people anymore. If you look to our friends from the North, Canadians have much few homicides and gun deaths than the US Per Capita, not coincidentaly they have much fewer guns and much fewer guns rights advocates.
Mr. B December 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." I don't believe Jefferson was talking about human arms, so it does mention guns. In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia. Canada has fewer people too. Did you take that into account?
North Georgia Weather December 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Canada has a whole different demographic than the US. Apple to oranges.
Hal Schneider December 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
BStein, I can't believe that you claim the second amendment was created to protect us from foreign invasion! Where did you study history? The MILITARY is in place to defend us from foreign invasion. The second amendment was included in the constitution to insure that the citizens were able to defend themselves against a TYRANNICAL government....namely our own, in the event that should happen...and guess what.....it has!
Michael k December 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
@North Georgia Weather - I agree Canada has a different demographic as does England, Japan, Germany, and other countries that do not have the gun homicide rates comparable to the US. But what is/are the key contributing factors? Poverty? I'd say yes. Education? I'd say yes again. Employment opportunity? Lack of role models? Inadequate policing? Too much incarceration for nonviolent crimes? Not enough incarceration for non-violent crimes? Poor parenting? Absentee parents? Young immature parents? Drug use/abuse? Alcohol use/abuse? Pervasive Violent external cultural triggers? These all might play a part. But easy access to guns doesn't ? 2nd, I'm not anti-gun and I know the NRA has positive programs and does good. But the NRA Is also oftentimes out of line in its lobbying.
Phillip December 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I consider the right to self-defense as a civil right (in addition to being a natural right) and the NRA was founded in 1871 so it is an older civil rights organization than the NAACP. I am just pointing out another perspective, but to call the NRA the new KKK is ignorant. I am an NRA member. Do we have black members? Yes, however, I don't know the number or percentage but I believe it is small. Should we have more? Yes, and I invite anyone (regardless of race) interested in preserving their civil rights to join and get involved. That is hardly an invitation that a member of the KKK would extend.
Phillip December 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I think guns are covered in the language of the Second Amendment under the word "arms". And the British were not "invaders", at the time of the Revolution (War for Independence) they were our own government.
Phillip December 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM
@Michael K, I know about capital gains taxes, I said income taxes. However, you do make an excellent point about lower earners paying a higher percentage of their income for other taxes such as FICA and HI (what you call payroll taxes), gasoline taxes, taxes labeled fees such as phone regulatory fees, etc. I encourage you to examine the Fair Tax proposal to see if you do not agree that it would be a much fairer tax system for lower earners, as well as having the potential to boosting US competitiveness and the US ecomonmy. To date, (in my opinion) lobbyists have kept the Fair Tax from gaining any traction in Congress. Thank you for your comment and perspective.
Phillip December 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Good Grief Y'all December 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
The Southern Democratic Party before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is now the Southern Republican Party.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
There are no 'cop-killer' bullets. Somebody passed along the idea that Black Talon bullets were able to pierce body armor. They can't. But Winchester pulled them off the market anyway, making the whole point moot. Micro stamping bullets is nothing more than a way to control guns by making ammunition prohibitively expensive. No benefits here, but lots of extra costs. This was the right decision they made here, as well.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
On what grounds? Name one policy they have that actively promotes the killing of blacks. Or any statement they've made that indicates any level of discrimination of racism. The statement was blatantly ignorant. Nothing more than an attempt to inflame.
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
You like this line. I still don't understand the reference. Please explain what you mean by this...
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Way wrong topic, but at least you have your facts completely wrong... The rich do pay more. They pay a higher percentage AND a higher $ amount. When Romney pays 15%, that's still more than you or I pay. The GOP just doesn't want that percentage to go up even more. And why should it? To say they don't pay their fair share is disengenuous at best...
Karsten Torch December 07, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Couple of thoughts. 1) The founders gave us a right to bear arms not only to protect this country from whatever comes, but also to protect us from tyrants, including our own government. And I seriously believe that they would be even more interested in our right to protect ourselves now, given what our government has become (that's a dig at government in general, not our current administration - we've been on this road for many many years). 2) The KKK is, by it's very definition and goals, a racist organization. And this is actually using 'racist' in its real definition, not the 'racist' that we throw out now for no reason. If there was just one policy or statement that the NRA had that promoted the idea of social cleansing, then fine. But there's not. You don't have to agree with a group, but to not agree with them does not make them racist. I actually feel that this guy's statements were racist, implying that having guns available to blacks means they're going to shoot each other. Why the black community doesn't get outraged over comments like this I really don't understand....
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