Keith Olbermann, the former MSNBC and ESPN journalist, tore into the National Rifle Association for “enabling such massacres” as the one that just took place on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. In a clip from GQ’s “The Resistance,” Olbermann said that the twisting of the 2nd Amendment’s meaning in the last few decades has given an excuse for why the NRA “is not branded for what is it — a terrorist organization.”
Olbermann believes that the 2nd Amendment was originally intended “to keep the federal government from taking away the right of each state to maintain its own militia.” But it has been transformed “into an excuse for why madmen of whatever heritage or political purpose cannot be stopped from carrying at least 10 long rifles into a hotel room in Las Vegas and setting up a sniper’s nest and killing people,” he continued.
Regarding the worst mass shooting in modern American history, Olbermann also said it was “time to end the lies about the Second Amendment” and “time to end refusing to call mass murderers who do not have obvious political motives ‘terrorists.’”
“It is time to end the National Rifle Association,” he added.
On the website: moveon.org, there is a petition to be delivered to President Donald Trump, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. It states:
“The National Rifle Association needs to be listed as a Terrorist organization for their promotion of guns and that gun violence is the only way to solve the nations problems. The NRA has become the problem for their promotion of weapons.”
There are currently 9,651 signatures with a goal of 10,000. The background for the petition states:
“The NRA has declared that guns are the only way to solve our society’s problems. They promote weapons in ever corner of our society, arming the youngest to the oldest among us. There only solution to violence in our society is more guns and more violence. The Organization itself promotes violence for the sake of weapons.”
You can see the petition and a list of current signers on the website below.
What do you think of Olbermann’s description of the NRA as a terrorist organization?