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    Gun Control Group Wants Ted Nugent Removed From NRA Board After Supposed Racist Comme

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    Gun Control Group Wants Ted Nugent Removed From NRA Board After Racist Comments


    By EMILY STANTON

    July 24, 2013

    After Ted Nugent made comments about the Trayvon Martin case that were seen as racist, a gun control group is demanding his removal from the National Rifle Association's board of directors.

    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has launched a petition to "publicly repudiate Ted Nugent's racist rhetoric" and have him kicked off of the NRA's board of directors.

    The "Cat Scratch Fever" rocker called Martin a "17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe" in acolumn for conservative media website Rare. Nugent continued to say, "The only racism on that night was perpetrated by Trayvon Martin, and everybody knows it."

    In a July 16 appearance on the conservative talk radio show "The Alex Jones Show," Nugent asserted that those most prejudiced against African-Americans were African-American themselves.

    "There are black mobs across America that are guilty of the worst racism since the Klan," Nugent said. "The worst racism against blacks is documented and undeniable by blacks."

    Nugent continued to say that black Americans are tricked into believing they're oppressed.

    "The blacks have bought into this lie that somehow they're oppressed when the president is black, the attorney general is black, governors are black, senators are black, congressmen are black, mayors are black, Oprah Winfrey [and some of] the richest people in the world are black. It is a dirty lie," he said.

    Currently, the group says the petition for his removal has about 1,300 signatures.
    "These disgusting comments reveal that Nugent has moved to a new extreme of unapologetic, overt racism," coalition Executive Director Josh Horwitz said in a press release. "No credible organization should be associating with this kind of hater, let alone continuing to allow him to serve on its board."

    Horwitz also stated if the NRA wants to continue to bill itself as the "oldest civil rights organization in the United States" then it needs to "walk the walk" and sever its ties with Nugent.

    The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is, according to their website, a nonprofit organization seeking to "secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy."

    The NRA and Nugent did not respond to Whispers' repeated requests for comment.

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    But this speaks to the real reason for gun control and confication. JMO

    Gun Owners Still Overwhelmingly White Males

    But gun groups say the demographics are changing

    By ELIZABETH FLOCK

    June 12, 2013
    Gun rights activists hold signs during a Second Amendment rally on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.

    The Pew Research Center's latest survey on gun control this week provided a familiar profile of the typical gun owner in the United States: adult, white and male. That profile differs greatly from the makeup of the country, according to Pew. White men represent just a third of the U.S. population, but about 60 percent of adults with guns in America today are white men.

    This revelation isn't new. In April, Dan Baum, author of the recent book "Gun Guys: A Road Trip" about gun culture in the U.S., told U.S. News he worried that the National Rifle Association had put "an angry middle-aged white face on gun culture." In recent years, gun companies have increasingly added outreach to women and to youth in an attempt to spread the demographic.

    And despite Pew's findings, gun groups today say that the demographics of gun owners are finally starting to change. Dudley Brown, the executive director of both the National Association for Gun Rights and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a local gun rights group, says he has recently seen an uptick in membership among Hispanic communities and among women. In concealed-carry classes hosted by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, he says the male-female split has become 50-50.

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the main trade group for the firearms industry, says its numbers are more proof of a demographic shift. In a 2012 NSSF report, for example, retailers were asked whether they had seen an increase or decrease in female customers in their stores. Some 78.6 percent said the number of women had increased. In 2010, 61.1 percent said they were seeing more women in their stores.

    The Pink Pistols, a gay gun rights group with male, female and transgender members, says its very existence also upends assumptions about gun owner demographics. "We really are a melting pot," says the group's head, Gwen Patton. "We have a lot of other people of color ... We have every conceivable political stripe. ... There's no way to say: 'Gun owners are this particular group,' because they're not."

    Patton concedes, however, that even in the Pink Pistols, gun ownership skews male. Some 60 percent of the group's members today are men.

    But she says she has seen more women getting interested in gun ownership in recent years – and that it's often been motivated by safety. In Florida, for example, where 1 in 6 women have experienced rape, she says "scads of women" came out to buy guns for protection after the state enacted a concealed-carry law.

    Brown says many of the women who have join Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, too, say they first bought a gun out of safety concerns.

    Some of the demographic shift may be due to a concerted effort for outreach by gun groups. Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights group, said "it used to bother me that every place I go gun owners are old, white, male and bald," but that the group had "worked to diversify the movement a lot" by partnering with other groups such as the Pink Pistols.

    Others say the shift is happening more naturally. "We recruit wherever we find the waters and wherever more fish are swimming," Brown says. "As an organization we don't try to change the people in it."

    But sometimes, that happens on its own.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/...ly-white-males

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