"Large-scale confiscation is not going to happen. That's no reason to stop advocating it. (I also want to repeal all immigration laws and give everyone a monthly check from the government with no strings attached, and will argue for those ideas even though they're doomed.)"
At what point will this country’s actual leaders stop giving a pass to such ideals and govern in the best interests of its citizens. The ones who aren’t obsessed with imaginary insurrections. The taxpayers who want to be able to send their children to school to better themselves — the real American dream — without worrying they will be prey for someone who has been able to operate under the radar and legally amass an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons, all because of a special interest group that has been calling the shots too long. Will it take the formation of a gun control PAC group to embolden pols whose courage puts them on hit lists because of special interest money? Should schools themselves begin a mental health screening process, barring admission to those who don’t pass? Somebody, do something.
I find this this second anti-NRA screed from a Hollywood collectivist to be especially ironic and, for our purposes, quite a help. Those of us who have been fighting this long battle from an absolutist position that the Founders would recognize know that the NRA elite is predisposed to compromise and has been for decades (Don't take my word for it. See Neal Knox's The Gun Rights War. In my own experience, I recall vividly how the NRA had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the Fast and Furious scandal struggle, only to later try to take credit for it.) By focusing on the public statements (and not the private waffling) of NRA leadership, this collectivist twerp is helping us by reminding that leadership that we are all in this together and that it is about confiscation of all weapons, not "common sense gun safety." Add in that as long as the GOA is poised on their right flank to remind them of the potential membership and monetary costs of "compromise," that will help stiffen the NRA leadership's spine and tend to deter them from selling out the interests of their membership (who are by and large unaware of their predisposition to preemptive compromise). Failing to understand the nuances of the various NRA "pragmatist" positions and lumping us all together as "extremists" is a lost opportunity for a divide and conquer strategy. I'm rejoicing in the antis' ignorance.