The NRA isn’t [just] selling guns, they’re selling fear and mistrust of government.
Well, can you really blame them, in light of recent revelations vis-a-vis, among other things, the IRS and conservative groups, the National Security Agency reading everyone’s email, and the Justice Department selling guns to Mexican drug lords to further the cause of gun control in the United States? Yes, I know. “If you’ve done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide.”
But who gets to define “wrong”? As anyone aware of history knows, people have been massacred in job lots in the name of certain GOVERNMENTS simply because, among other things, their religion, sexual orientation, or very skin color was defined as “wrong” by said governments, who sent — wait for it! — men with guns to kill them. Yeah, fear of government damned well ought to be a great selling point anymore.