It turns out that the National Rifle Association maintains an official list of organizations and individuals whom it perceives as being anti-gun. The has been quickly dubbed far and wide as an ‘enemies list’.
Apart from the absurdity of having an enemies list in the first place (remember the ridicule that was heaped on president Richard Nixon when it was revealed that he too maintained such a list?), an organization that encourages practically unlimited and unrestricted gun ownership should be wary about explicitly identifying people as opponents to its followers, some of whom are unhinged enough to see anyone who opposes them as traitors to the country’s heritage and may be heavily armed as well.
There are some surprises on the list of organizations. That there are a lot of health-related and religious groups I can understand. But the list seems to contain a lot of women’s groups such as the TWCA whom I had not thought of as having made strong stands against guns. So if you happen to be a member of any of the listed organizations, be warned that the NRA considers you to be a hostile force. I am either a member or regular contributor to three of the organizations on the list, so I guess I am a triple threat, even though I am not reflexively opposed to gun ownership.
The list of individuals is, as you might expect, heavy on people from the entertainment world. The fact that many of them have long past the apex of their fame (Peter Bonerz, Candice Bergen, Mariette Hartley) suggests that this list was started a long time ago and that once you are on it you never get off, unless you die (though the late Nora Ephron is still there). There are also five members of the family of the late Frank Zappa. That’s a whole lotta Zappas.
Perhaps the biggest surprise to me was the presence of N Sync. Really? A boy band from long ago is an enemy of the NRA? Are they still even performing? I know that many people simply hate their music but isn’t this taking it too far?