The National Rifle Association has published an “enemy list” that includes Beyoncé, George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Frank Zappa’s children, Barry Manilow, Bon Jovi — and literally hundreds of others.
So what does the NRA think these individuals have in common? You guessed it, their stance on gun control — or for some of them — as it’s perceived to be.
According to MSNBC, the NRA published the index list on their site under the heading “National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies.” The page was later removed removed but was still visible on another part of the lobby’s site for a time, before it too was hastily scrubbed [note the URL at that last link.]
If indeed such a list needs to be made, while activist filmmaker Michael Moore and New York Times inevitably made the cut, some like the BBC expressed surprise at its existence and the innocuous names — Dick Van Dyke, Shania Twain, R&B balladeers Boyz II Men, the American Nurses Association, and the National Parent Teacher Association — that also made it on to the NRA’s target board.
It should be noted that the list ran to over 500 entries.
NME reports that the index was compiled in September 2012, but has recently drawn widespread mockery on social media sites after it was spotted by gun reform supporters.
Gun control advocates pointed out the somewhat wide net the NRA has used to cast its “enemy list,” includes a disproportionate number of celebrities.
In the wake of the mass atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December, a deeply polarized gun control debate has raged across the country — in homes, by work place water coolers, online comment, in the media, and among politicians.
At one point during yesterday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to listen to the voices of victims of gun crime, some of whom were seated nearby.
Among them Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democrat representative who was shot in the head two years ago in her Arizona district. Also present were the parents of Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton, who performed with her school band at Obama’s inaugural celebrations days before she was gunned down in a park.
One wonders if the above names and the 20 dead children of Sandy Hook Elementary School are perhaps already, or destined to, end up on the NRA’s asinine roll call?