Is hate a liberal value?

A 20-year-old lunatic stole some guns and killed people. Who’s to blame? According to a lot of our supposedly rational and tolerant opinion leaders, it’s . . . the NRA, a civil-rights organization whose only crime was to oppose laws banning guns. (Ironically, it wasn’t even successful in Connecticut, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.)

The hatred was intense. One Rhode Island professor issued a call — later deleted — for NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s “head on a stick.” People like author Joyce Carol Oates and actress Marg Helgenberger wished for NRA members to be shot. So did Texas Democratic Party official John Cobarruvias, who also called the NRA a “terrorist organization,” and Texas Republican congressman Louis Gohmert a “terror baby.”

Nor were reporters, who are supposed to be neutral, much better. As The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg commented, “Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more than anything else, ever. ”

Calling people murderers and wishing them to be shot sits oddly with claims to be against violence. The NRA — like the ACLU, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers or Planned Parenthood — exists to advocate policies its members want. It’s free speech. The group-hate directed at the NRA is ugly and says ugly things about those consumed by it.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    from somewhere on the blogosphere………the difference between a liberal and a leftist is that the former doesn’t use force, and the latter never uses anything else. I would submit that the real danger is that the former doesn’t need to use force… because they can always count on the latter to do it on their behalf.

    This gives the entire group a thin veneer of respectability- that they capitalize on to hide the very base, visceral drives underneath.

    ………I’ll add that the Leftists are more than willing to use the emotional acting Liberals as useful idiots at the drop of the hat, and they can always get the Liberals to act on those emotions politically, and never consider the long term effect. Welfare dependency is the emotion, crime, drugs, single parents, guns are the long term effect.
    Detroit as a Utopia is the emotion……..Detroit as a virtual abandoned city is the effect. Chicago Gun control is the emotions…..over 400 kids dead in drive by’s are the actual effects.