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h/t: Jeremy W. Peters at The New York Times


Republicans stir up controversy over Obama’s nomination for Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy upset Republicans by saying guns are a healthcare issue and that the NRA holds too much power over politicians.

His original Tweet read “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue” and you can find it HERE.

(via upworthy)


The NRA spends its days defending deadly weapons, but it only needed a single tweet to kill a top Obama official.

If you’ve been following the news cycle, you probably saw Rand Paul and the gun lobby pitch a fit over the nomination of Vivek Murthy, the Harvard- and Yale-educated physician Obama picked to serve as the nation’s top doctor. Murthy’s biggest crime, beyond some concerns that he would “propagandize” on behalf of the Affordable Care Act, was simply that he described gun violence as a public-health issue. Once. In a tweet. In 2012. For the uninitiated, Murthy’s offending statement is this: “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”

Since then he has earned the undying ire of the NRA, which went public in its opposition to Murthy, threatening to “score”—track how lawmakers vote—any vote taken against him. Such measures might make sense if the surgeon general were in a position to regulate guns, but the post is a largely ceremonial seat used to highlight pressing health concerns.

Murthy’s claim is not particularly novel, even among Republicans holding the exact same position. “I doubt there’s been a surgeon general dating back to the days of Lyndon Johnson that would pass the NRA litmus test,” Jim Kessler with the centrist Democratic group Third Way told The Daily Beast.

Until now, they never had to.

C. Everett Koop, President Reagan’s surgeon general, made precisely Murthy’s point. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1992, he called gun violence “a public-health emergency" and proposed that owning and operating a firearm carry with it the same restrictions as owning and operating a car. Koop did eventually alienate himself from conservatives, but his stance on gun violence wasn’t the reason; it was primarily his aggressive advocacy on AIDs. That conservatives didn’t flare up over his position on gun voilence shows how things have changed.

Such rhetoric hasn’t merely been the province of surgeons general. Announcing an initiative to fight gun violence at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2001, President Bush noted three out of four murder victims in Philadelphia were shot to death with handguns, adding that the figure rises to nine out of 10 among youth. “In America today, a teenager is more likely to die from a gunshot than from all natural causes of death combined,” he told the gathered audience. The NRA heartily endorsed him in 2004.

Louis W. Sullivan, President George H.W. Bush’s Health and Human Services secretary, spoke even more directly to the point, calling gun-related violence “a public-health problem in addition to being a criminal-justice problem.” He was particularly concerned about gun violence’s impact in the black community, where violence was cited as the primary cause of death for males ages 15-25, with 80 percent of the cases involving handguns. Sullivan wasn’t some freakish outlier: He was confirmed 98-1, with Republican Sens. Dan Coats, Thad Cochran, Chuck Grassley, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and Richard Shelby voting “yes.”

The gun lobby’s current offensive smacks of a time in the 1990s when NRA-backed politicians went after researchers for publishing firearm data. They also attacked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for funding the research, and won. Now it appears they’ve moved from information suppression to rhetoric policing.

The larger irony is that when Murthy states gun violence is a health issue, he is merely stating the obvious. Whatever your notions about guns being symbolic of liberty, freedom, and America, when a bullet enters the human body, the situation falls very quickly and squarely into the arena of public health. The CDC reminds us firearms were among the leading mechanisms of injury in the U.S. in 2010, along with motor-vehicle and fall-related injuries. In 2009, they were the cause of 31,347 deaths; the number of deaths attributed to car accidents was 36,216.

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

The NRA is a hostage-taking organization harming our country, and their goal of denying Dr. Vivek Murthy’s appointment as next Surgeon General.   

h/t: Sy Mukherjee at Think Progress Health



1. America is becoming too dangerous for children to play outside.

2. Americans are buying guns because of “reckless government actions” and because the “entire fabric of society” is in “jeopardy.”

3. The national media is one of America’s “greatest threats.”

4. “Knockout game” and “haters” are just two reasons we need unlimited rifles, shotguns, and pistols (Bonus part: “waves of chemicals” could collapse society at any moment).

5. There is a “bare-knuckled street fight” with the opposition to the NRA. But the NRA “will not go quietly into the night.” (Bonus: this is from the movie Independence Day).

Watch the full speech here. 

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

H/T: Kay Steiger at TPM LiveWire

Conservative website The Daily Caller published in its entirety an over-the-top fundraising pitch from National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre that suggested the only way to save America is to buy an NRA membership.

The March 3 column posted in the Caller’s “Guns and Gear” section included the phone number for an NRA membership hotline and a link to a website where Caller readers can purchase a discounted NRA membership:


Like other material published by the NRA at the Caller, the fundraising pitch was filled with paranoid rhetoric based on the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is plotting to confiscate privately owned firearms. 

Warning that “2014 could be remembered as the turning point in the loss of your Second Amendment rights,” LaPierre urged readers to buy or upgrade NRA memberships, and wrote, “your NRA membership may be the only thing that can stop the Obama-Biden-Bloomberg gun-ban bulldozer.”

LaPierre continued: “Right now, President Obama is on the verge of putting together a royal flush — an unbeatable, winner-takes-all hand in poker — in his drive to ‘transform’ American society by disarming the American people.”

The fundraising pitch also included one of the NRA’s more outlandish conspiracy theories, the claim that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty — an effort to crack down on the diversion of weapons to human rights abusers — “could set the stage for a national gun registry, to be shared with foreign governments.”

The reprinting of LaPierre’s fundraising pitch follows what is already an unusual relationship between a supposed journalism outlet and an advocacy group. Since its launch in December 2011, the Caller’s “Guns and Gear” section has frequently republished press releases from the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, and op-eds from members of NRA leadership. The NRA has also bought advertisements on the site.

The special membership price offered for Caller readers is also evidence of the NRA’s never-ending use of fearmongering about manufactured Second Amendment crises for fundraising purposes. The current offer includes the exact same language from a 2012 membership special for Caller readers: “There has never been a more important time to join the NRA! … Remember: NRA is the ONLY firewall standing between your firearm freedoms and those who would take them away.”

h/t: Timothy Johnson at MMFA

Controversy surrounding Republican Texas gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott’s decision to campaign with National Rifle Association board member and conservative columnist Ted Nugent — after Nugent called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” — demonstrates how far-right media figures can damage the GOP brand.

While the Abbott campaign initially feigned ignorance of Nugent’s hateful and alienating rhetoric, the “subhuman mongrel” slur received substantial media attention when it was made public in January.

As the controversy unfolded, Nugent, who is also a spokesman for the Outdoor Channel, was also widely derided for his profane and derogatory descriptions of women, leading some to point out that Abbott’s campaign decision was at odds with the GOP’s purported plan to provide better outreach to women and minorities.

A look back at the how the story progressed is below. 

January 18

Firearms enthusiast website published a video interview with Nugent conducted at the gun industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nugent attended the show as a representative of the Outdoor Channel weeks after inking a multi-year “brand ambassador” deal with the hunting and fishing network. An article accompanying the video did not mention Nugent’s description of Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” but the remark was included in the video footage.

January 21

Media Matters published a blog post highlighting Nugent’s description of Obama as “a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel” and Nugent’s claim that Obama and other liberal politicians should face “the just due punishment” for treason.

January 23

MSNBC host Ed Shultz devoted an Ed Show segment to Nugent’s remark, condemning Nugent’s “racist tirade.” Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardballsaid on his show the same night that Nugent had “concocted a depiction of President Obama so vitriolic and immodest, it makes you question the mindset of a person who can slew filth like this so handily.”

February 13

In a Dallas Morning News article that raised Nugent’s recent “subhuman mongrel” comment, Christy Hoppereported that Nugent was scheduled to join Abbott at campaign rallies in Denton and Wichita Falls on February 18.

February 17

The Texas Democratic Party issued a press release condemning Abbott’s decision to campaign with Nugent. Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa stated, “Just last month, Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama a ‘subhuman mongrel’ and ‘gangster.’ He spews hate against our first African-American President and in return, Attorney General Greg Abbott welcomes him to the campaign trail. Is this how Abbott celebrates Black History Month?”

Women’s group Annie’s List also issued a press release highlighting Nugent’s vile commentary on women, with the group’s executive director Grace Garcia noting, “Nugent has used terms to describe female political leaders such as ‘brain-dead soulless idiot,’ ‘varmints,’ ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dirty whores,’ ‘worthless bitch’ and more that I do not care to repeat. It’s hate speech, plain and simple.”

An Abbott campaign spokesperson dismissed criticism of the Nugent campaign appearance, stating, “Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights — especially the Second Amendment rights cherished by Texans. While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution.”

February 18

The condemnations triggered media interest in Texas, but the campaign events went on as planned. At the events Nugent described Abbott as his “blood brother” and remarked, “We don’t have to question Greg Abbott’s courage because he invited me here today.” Abbott told reporters he was not aware of Nugent’s inflammatory commentary.

Wendy Davis, Abbott’s likely Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, issued a statement: “Greg Abbott’s embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan — every man, woman, husband, and father. If this is Greg Abbott’s idea of values, it’s repulsive.”

The brewing controversy made the jump to national media with a report on Nugent’s “subhuman mongrel” comment on CNN’s This Hour. CNN and MSNBC eventually devoted several dozen segments to the topic, which received only minimal play on Fox News.

Following the segment on This Hour, CNN host Wolf Blitzer conducted a lengthy analysis of Nugent’s racist remark on Wolf, where he noted that the phrase “subhuman mongrel” is similar to the German word “untermensch,” which is “what the Nazis called Jews … to justify the genocide of the Jewish community.” Fact-checking website PolitiFact later rated Blitzer’s historical claim as “true.”

February 19

Even though most of his inflammatory commentary is documented by video evidence, Nugent told reporters in Texas “all the negative stuff is dishonest, all the really wonderful stuff is accurate.” The Star-Telegram also reported that Nugent described videos of his comments as “lies” and “inaccurate.”

As the firestorm continued to grow, Nugent lashed out at Blitzer and CNN on Twitter, comparing the news channel to Nazi chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels and writing, “@WolfBlitzer is a journalist & Im a gay pirate from Cuba.” He also used Twitter to hype a planned appearance on that night’s Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN, but canceled the interview two hours before airtime, citing illness.

On CNN’s The Situation RoomDallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater revealed that sources close to Abbott “did not expect this to happen. They knew that Nugent was a controversial figure, who had said outspoken things in the past. They did not know how loud this was going to become.” Slater added that Abbott would no longer campaign with Nugent but that Abbott would not publicly condemn Nugent, likely for fear of angering “right-wing pro-gun advocates.”

February 20

Nugent’s inflammatory rhetoric started to draw condemnation from prominent Republican politicians. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tweeted, “Ted Nugent’s derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain said on CNN, “It’s a free country but that kind of language really doesn’t have any place in our political dialogue. It harms the Republican Party. I’m sure that it harmed that candidate there. And it should be obviously repudiated … That kind of thing is beyond the pale, and I hope that our candidate down there learned a lesson.”

Also on CNN, Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested that Nugent apologize for his remark and added that Nugent “shouldn’t have said that about the President of the United States … I got a problem calling the president a mongrel.”

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz repeatedly dodged questions about the Nugent-Abbott controversy, but conceded, “Look, those sentiments there, of course I don’t agree with them. You’ve never heard me say such a thing, nor would I.”

February 21

Appearing on The Ben Ferguson Show, Nugent offered a half-hearted apology, though “not necessarily to the president” for his “subhuman mongrel” comment, but then attacked Obama as a lying, law-breaking racist who engages in Nazi tactics.

Outdoor Channel and the NRA both continued to decline to comment on the story.

Abbott declared it time to “move on” from the controversy in a statement where he added, “I believe Ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized.”

February 24

Nugent made an appearance on comedian Dennis Miller’s radio show where he suggested that the Obama administration is causing a “power struggle between the different races,” in a similar manner to the events that preceded the Holocaust. This latest comment kicked off another round of negative cable news coverage for Nugent.

That night, Nugent participated in a contentious interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett during which he was confronted with his “subhuman mongrel” comment and offensive remarks he has made about women. Just moments after promising to “stop calling people names,” Nugent called Obama a “liar” and suggested that the president is a criminal.

Gun violence prevention organization Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) launched a petition calling for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the state’s tourism agency, to cut ties with Nugent and Outdoor Channel. On February 12, Outdoor Channel and Nugent announced a partnership to produce a “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign with MEDC. On its campaign website, CSGV noted, “Michigan is a state with a proud civil rights history. Detroit was the site of the 1963 Freedom Walk led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The state was also the birthplace of Motown Records and home to civil rights icons like Sojourner Truth and Laura Smith Haviland. Today, 14% of Michigan’s current population is African-American. It is difficult to see how the state’s recent embrace of the Outdoor Channel and its extremist spokesman is ‘Pure Michigan’ in any sense.”

February 25

On conservative radio host Dana Loesch’s show, Nugent claimed that he is helping Abbott and called Wendy Davis a “puppet” of “scam artist” Obama. He added that the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful has an “anti-American agenda.”

February 27

CNN reported that Abbott has confirmed that he has “no plans” to hold future campaign events with Nugent. 

h/t: Timothy Johnson at MMFA 


National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lashed out at media who covered controversy surrounding his campaign appearances with Texas Republican governor candidate Greg Abbott by comparing members of the media to Joseph Goebbels, who served as Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.

Controversy has been swirling in the Texas governor’s race following Abbott’s decision to include Nugent at campaign events, in spite of Nugent’s recent characterization of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” and his lengthy history of vile attacks on women.

Nugent has responded by calling videos of his offensive commentary “lies” and “inaccurate” and also sent a series of tweets on February 19 comparing CNN and other unnamed members of the media to Goebbels:

h/t: MMFA 

On February 1 the National Rifle Association will commence its inaugural hosting of one of the largest gun shows in the United States with the weeklong Great American Outdoor Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The show promises attendees nearly 1,000 exhibitors displaying wares for hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities as well as “concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more!”

But behind the NRA’s sponsorship of the show is the backstory of how the NRA led a 2013 coup against the previous organizers of “the largest outdoor show in America" at the Farm Show Complex over a dispute about the sale of assault weapons following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. With its takeover of the event — which will now also be used as an NRA fundraising tool — the NRA is consciously injecting its Second Amendment absolutism into an annual outdoors show that has been a Harrisburg fixture for more than 60 years.

Here are five reasons why the NRA’s Great American Outdoor Show is different from your typical hunting and fishing enthusiast expo:

1. NRA Ousted The Previous Owners For Refusing To Allow Assault Weapons Post-Newtown

Following the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman used an assault weapon to take 26 lives, Reed Exhibitions — which in recent years had organized the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, the annual hunting and fishing show held since 1951 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex — announced that it would not allow assault weapons to be displayed or sold at the 2013 show. In response, sellers of assault weapons and other vendors staged a boycott of the show. The NRA entered the fray, backing the boycott and effectively killing the show, which was subsequently cancelled by Reed Exhibitions. Local officials estimated the cancellation caused an $88 million revenue loss in the Harrisburg area. In April 2013, the NRA announced that it would organize the 2014 show, renamed as the Great American Outdoor Show, after beating out 16 other potential organizers who submitted bids to put on a gun show at the Farm Show Complex.


3. Chief Show Sponsor Outdoor Channel Will Bring Its Inflammatory Spokesman Ted Nugent

The show will highlight a recent series of partnership deals between the Outdoor Channel, the NRA, and inflammatory NRA board member Ted Nugent. In January, Outdoor Channel announced the “expansion of its strategic partnership with the National Rifle Association” and a new “multi-year talent and endorsement agreement” with Nugent, whose show Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild airs on Outdoor Channel. To wit, Nugent recently represented Outdoor Channel at the gun industry’s annual trade show, where he compared Jewish film executive Harvey Weinstein to a Nazi because of Weinstein’s opposition to the NRA. Nugent also created controversy and faced accusations of racism for an interview conducted at the trade show where he called President Obama a mongrel — a term for a dog of indeterminate breed. In hiring Nugent, the Outdoor Channel’s CEO had claimed that the NRA board member “symbolizes everything that is right in our industry.” Outdoor Channel, which under new ownership has signaled a hardline stance against gun safety measures, is the Great American Outdoor Show’s top sponsor. Nugent is slated to make an appearance at the show on February 5.


Just shut the fuck up already, Mr. Nugent!


Ted Nugent: Obama is a ‘subhuman mongrel’ and deserves ‘just due punishment’ for treason (via

By David January 22, 2014 9:47 am Conservative rocker Ted Nugent said recently that he wouldn’t rest until President Barack Obama — who he called a “subhuman mongrel” — and of the all “liberal Democrats” had gotten the “just due punishment” that they…


From the 01.16.2014 edition of FNC’s The Five:

Bad idea, Dana “Bushie” Perino. 

National Rifle Association board member and conservative columnist Ted Nugent compared film executive Harvey Weinstein, who is Jewish, to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels over Weinstein’s plan to make an anti-NRA film.

Weinstein recently appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show and announced he was planning to take the NRA “head on” with a new film project involving Meryl Streep.

Appearing on the National Rifle Association’s news show Cam & Company on January 16, Nugent said viewers of Weinstein’s film “will see that Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky is alive in the form a fat punk named Harvey Weinstein and as he tries to destroy the NRA it will backfire on him.”

Nugent also called Weinstein a “subhuman punk,” a “brain-dead idiot,” “a descendant of the ultimate putz,” and added, "I don’t know if Harvey Weinstein has had a lifetime of drug and substance abuse, but he certainly sounds like it. You have to be brain-dead to believe that the gun-free zones of Chicago and Nuremberg [Germany] in 1938 are a desirable condition." He concluded, "Harvey Weinstein is on the side of criminals. The NRA is on the side of innocent victims protecting themselves from criminals."

From the 01.16.2014 edition of’s Cam and Company:

See Also: MMFA: Fox Attacks Harvey Weinstein’s NRA Film With Barrage Of Falsehoods

h/t: MMFA