I don’t if you happened to see Katie Couric speaking with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show on Friday, May 13, but, if not, she was on there to promote her new “hard-hitting,” pro-gun control documentary entitled Under the Gun, which will air on EPIX on Sunday, May 15.
You do not have to know a whole lot more than that this was a conversation on the Today Show between Matt Lauer and Katie Couric about gun control to immediately gain an accurate idea about the perspective on the subject that was conveyed. One of the more clever misrepresentations expressed by Couric was her pronouncement that the National Rifle Association (NRA) actually does not speak for the preponderance of gun owners in America. This comment made during her interview segment with Lauer is what, apparently, accounts for her reasoning: “The NRA only represents five percent of gun owners, so there’s this huge silent majority, and they represent common ground.”
The implication Couric is attempting to make, of course, is that the NRA is merely a fringe group of militant, gun-toting whackos, not representative of the vast majority of gun owners who fall neatly into the category of “reasonable” gun owners. In the world of the progressives, “reasonable” gun owners are those people who, while technically possessors of firearms, are happy to swallow whatever suffocating restrictions on the actual use of their guns the government insists on shoving down their throats.
Couric’s statement to this effect is a canard. While it may be accurate that the NRA’s active membership is made up of a clear minority of gun owners in the United States, it is highly representative, in terms of its ideology about guns and gun rights, of the ideas and feelings of the overwhelming majority of America’s gun owners. As a matter of fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, the NRA’s approval rating among all Americans is nearly at an all-time high of 58 percent.
Despite the obviously sizable support for gun rights both within and without the gun owning community in America, the left will never cease to pursue its agenda of restriction-to-the-point-of-confiscation. That will remain among the biggest reasons why gun owners must remain nothing short of highly diligent in promoting their interests.
As the tagline in NBC’s condescending series of public service announcements says, “The More You Know…”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large