Backstage at the NRA: “Most people haven’t been to a country that is oppressed. They don’t understand what it feels like to be helpless.”

The following is part of an ongoing chronicle of what is happening backstage at the NRA in Houston, TX. Mark Mabry, a member of TheBlaze and The American Dream Labs, will be telling not only the story of Glenn Beck’s time at the NRA, but of the everyday Americans making a stand for their rights. Earlier entries can be found further down the page.

by Mark Mabry

At breakfast I sat across from a man I’ll call “Joe”.

He was probably in his seventies (sorry if I’m off Joe). The quality of his suit, which was sharp and natural, combined with the pin on his right lapel bespoke… sway.

I put down my bran muffin.

“Great conference, eh?”

Joe probably thought I was hitting on him.

“Yeah, they all start out that way…” He was genuine.

“Nice pin, I realize that you’re probably more important than I’m aware off, so I apologize for my ignorance, but…” and I proceeded to interrupt his breakfast.

He was important. Joe, who asked not to be named, indulged me patiently, even generously it turned out.

After exchanging pleasantries we got down to talking. Joe had a Southern drawl, he lives in Virginia. And while he didn’t talk a lot, he said a ton.

We talked about the 2nd amendment, about people that attend a conference like this, about the state of childhood education. His grandkids were older than my kids. He dropped a few gems on me…

“Intolerance used to be a virtue. But our kids are taught differently than I was, then your parents were, or even than you were…” (He correctly pegged my age at “the sunny side of forty”).

Now, Joe isn’t a bigot. We didn’t get much into politics, but I suspect that having said that about intolerance that he meant something completely different than how we define the word today… that is, he wasn’t speaking in terms of sexual preference.

His thoughts were deeper. They dealt with discernment. He seemed concerned that our kids weren’t even being challenged to make their own decisions between right and wrong.

Then we got to the second amendment.

“Most people haven’t been to a country that is oppressed. They don’t understand what it feels like to be helpless.”

And with that word, “helpless”, Joe had found his sweet spot.

“I’ve talked to people who have looked down the barrel of a gun… the wrong side. They feel helpless. So they become gun people. They do to it to never feel that way again.”

Joe was matter of fact, but there was depth to his words. There were seventy-something years to his words.

To him, guns are about avoiding “helplessness”.

Or in Blaze terms…

Being out of Control.

  • Anonymous

    The US Supreme Court ruled you can’t charge a tax or
    a fee for the enjoyment of a RIGHT!!!!!!! Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105,
    113; Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262 (if the state converts a right into
    a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and engage in the ‘privilege’
    with impunity.).
    If every US Gun Owner that ever paid a tax, fee or penalty for LEGALLY owning a firearm gets together and files a massive class action suit to be reimbursed, since one cannot be taxed for the enjoyment of a right, this whole debate on gun control ends.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    “If every US Gun Owner that ever paid a tax, fee or penalty for LEGALLY owning a firearm gets together and files a massive class action suit to be reimbursed, since one cannot be taxed for the enjoyment of a right, this whole debate on gun control ends.”

    how could one arrange that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jules.p.guidry Jules P. Guidry

    By charging a fee, or forcing folks to get a license for a gun, is an infringement on a  right guaranteed by the Constitution. Is there a license required for any other guaranteed rights? I think not. Just to own or carry a gun.
    The logical extension of this infringement is that the other rights can be regulated and made moot by government decree. Without the freedom of the 2nd Amendment this could be the result.
    The 2nd Amendment is the cornerstone upon which all of the rights and liberties are built and protected. Without it, there is no guarantee the rest can be exercised, there is no penalty for a tyrannical government which attempts to enslave the populace. Such as this current administration has as their agenda.

  • landofaahs

    Meanwhile MObama goes down to Mexico and tells them that the violence down there is our fault because their criminals get their guns from us.  Gee, did we go down there and aim at those people and pull the trigger too?  Well, maybe we did under MObama’s fast and furious debacle.  Maybe Obama is responsible for all that violence down there,  Maybe that is his way of admitting the failure that was MObama;s fast and furious.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad Glenn doesn’t take the business end of one of those guns he’s so proud of and  put all of us out of our misery of having too enduring this lying piece of inanity.

  • Anonymous

     What an idiot you are. I really enjoy owning property. I have a right to own property. I still have to pay property tax, you effing moron

  • Anonymous

    Beck looks like the kind of guy who hires a male escort to take a dump on his bare boobs

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