I’m glad I don’t work at a hotel check-in desk. I don’t think I’d be right for a while if a guest handed me a credit card with the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) logo on it.
Just a few minutes ago, I began typing about my own experience being near gun violence — and guns stored in unlocked spaces that could have been grabbed easily by the wrong person. I tapped and held the backspace key after I got too upset to continue describing that trauma.
Now, to start over…
It should be obvious that the majority of times a gun is discharged during a crisis the outcome is bad. Gun advocates like to think of people defending themselves and their families, but more often it’s just someone being injured or killed because someone else is being an asshole.
No, I don’t have statistics within reach. I don’t know if gun statistics are accurate, either. I do know that assault rifles are intended for combat, though. There’s no place for them if you are preparing to protect your home from burglary. It might also be a good idea to consider the deep stuff you’ll be in if you keep a firearm of any type in your home and then surprise an intruder one night when you return home from work.
The ThinkProgress report (see link below) doesn’t make it clear whether any Visa cards with the N.R.A. logo have actually been issued by National Bank of Omaha. People are reacting to the fact that the card has been offered, though.
In Dallas, City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway has asked the N.R.A. not to hold their 2018 convention in that city. There’s no legal way to prevent it, though. A link to a Washington Post article on that topic is included at the end of this post. Oh, and here’s something Andy Richter posted on Twitter yesterday: