Attacking grandmothers is not something I would normally do but Marion Hammer is the exception. She is ruthless in her loyalty to the National Rifle Assn. (NRA), one who illustrates perfectly just how this gun worshipping culture is instilled in kids from a very young age. She was five when her grandfather gave her a .22 bolt-action single-shot rifle—at least it didn’t have a high-capacity magazine—and ordered her to “hunt down a rabbit or a squirrel for dinner.”
In 1995 she was president of the NRA and today is committed as a top lobbyist for the organization dedicated to putting a gun in the hands of every American—including even 5-year-olds—and make it legal for them to carry their weapons anywhere they want to. She was the ramrod behind the “Stand your Ground” law which has been deemed responsible for the
shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. She is now 70 years old. Florida
“Brian Malte, director of legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said he considers Hammer an extremist.” Further, "Marion Hammer and the NRA are the masterminds of a dangerous paranoid mentality that got Trayvon Martin killed, the mentality that is responsible for endangering all of our lives. It's based on a lie that you need to be armed to the teeth anywhere you go,” said Malte.
Rep. Dennis Baxley, the Ocala Republican who sponsored
's Stand Your Ground law in 2005, counters. "It's not because we want to shoot somebody," he said. "We want to keep people from getting hurt." Based on that statement, I looked for some confirmation of just how often an individual’s personal gun is used for self-defense. The latest I could find was a 1997 study by Gary Kleck, an expert and Professor of Criminology at Fla. State U. He said: Florida
“…gun ownership is largely passive self-protection--once a gun is acquired, the owner only rarely does anything defensive with it. Only a minority of defensive owners actually use their guns for self-protection; most of the rest just keep the gun in a bureau drawer or similar location, where it is available for use should the need arise.”
There’s more. In 2008, Hammer and the NRA defied Walt Disney and the Chamber of Commerce and were the driving force behind a 2008 law that allows employees to bring guns to work -- as long as they lock the weapons in the car.” She wasn’t done. Her next pursuit was taking on the medical community to pass legislation “…to prevent doctors from asking young patients about guns in their homes. A judge shot down that law, saying it violated doctors' free speech.”
In the following video you must watch it to the end for the true meaning:
Apparently “Stand your Ground” was inspired by a
homeowner, 77-year-old James Workman, who shot and killed an intruder in a trailer outside his hurricane-damaged home. He wasn’t prosecuted because it was legal to protect yourself in your home against imminent harm. A reasonable law that most gun control advocates agree with. But that wasn’t good enough for Marion Hammer, who saw an opening to move gun defense out onto the streets. Florida
Hammer is described as “emotionally compelling’ in her presentations to lawmakers. What is more important than her enthusiasm to these under thumb legislators is the fact that, if they don’t cooperate, the NRA will cut off contributions to future campaigns and back a competitor in the next election to run them out of office. It is bad enough when money alone can decide elections but it is tragic in the hands of a Marion Hammer and the NRA.
Hammer has said little following the killing of Trayvon Martin, only commenting that Stand your Ground is “a good law.” It is this complete lack of recognition for what is wrong and the lack of responsibility to admit you have perpetrated something horrible on the American public, that is defined by many as typical NRA arrogance. And it will go on as long as the Marion Hammers and her NRA are allowed to pass more gun rights laws and loosen those on the books.