Katy Burns: NRA enemies list: Now you see it, now you don’t
The NRA just can’t seem to stop shooting itself in the foot these days. Figuratively, that is, although one can wonder when it might just become literal with all the firearms sloshing around the country and, most likely, NRA headquarters these days.
Last week I had a good time writing a column – published in the Sunday Monitor – about the bizarre enemies list proudly posted on the gun lobbyists’ website. Officially calling them “anti-gun,” with no further explanation, it listed organizations, companies, media outlets and individuals ranging from musicians to reporters and columnists, actors and business and religious leaders.
There were well over 500 names, from the AARP to Reese Witherspoon.
I wasn’t the only one who ridiculed the NRA’s list. If you Googled “NRA enemies list” Sunday morning, in 0.25 seconds you’d get more than a million hits, many of them making fun of the NRA.
By Sunday afternoon the Google hits were still there. But actual links to the NRA list brought up that all-too-familiar search result: “Page not found.” Presumably national ridicule wasn’t what the NRA masterminds were seeking. Wiping out history, eh, NRA? So smooth! So Orwellian.
A quick recourse to the cached pages on good old Google, and voila! The list still lives in the nether reaches of cyberspace – and now, I suspect, on a lot of computers out there, including mine.
It’s fun to be reminded every now and again of just what truculent bullies and boobs currently run the NRA and how, regularly, they let us all know it.
(Monitor columnist Katy Burns lives in Bow.)