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How the NRA exploited hurricanes to promote gun ownership

During the September 5 edition of his show, Stinchfield said the rest of the country should “look at Texas and take these cues” of gun ownership, saying, “I promise you, in California, if you had widespread destruction like we’ve seen in the Houston area, the criminals would go hog wild in that state.”

NRATV used hurricane coverage as excuse to push “pro-Second Amendment legislation”

A little over a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Category 4 Hurricane Irma was set to hit the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, before making its way to Florida and the Keys. In preparation for the storm, the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands issued an order that allowed the National Guard to “restore public order and to guarantee the safety of life and property” of people and allowed the adjutant general to seize “arms, ammunition, explosives, incendiary material, and any other property that may be required … for the performance of this emergency mission.”

NRATV quickly and predictably used this state of emergency order to push for firearms ownership.

Stinchfield slammed the order during the September 6 edition of his show, claiming that “the last thing they need to worry about is how to protect themselves” before going on to say, “The people of the Virgin Islands need to stand up and say enough is enough. . . . We will vote you out of office if you even come near our firearms.” NRATV correspondent Chuck Holton agreed with Stinchfield, saying everyone in Texas was carrying weapons after Harvey and instead of violence, “we saw politeness everywhere.” During the 1 p.m. edition of “Stinchfield” the same day, the NRATV host called this order “an overreach the likes of which I have not seen in a very, very long time.”

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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