Flash Mob Targets GOP Rep. McKeon For "NRAcism"
Ticked off anti-gun activists targeted GOP House Armed Services Committee chair Howard "Buck" McKeon this weekend with a multi-front attack on his longtime support of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The activists took to the Web, the highways, and McKeon's campaign phone bank to express their concern.
As you may know, NRA board member Ted Nugent has a long history of inflammatory comments that have offended African-Americans, women, Latinos, immigrants and more. Other NRA board members have also made discriminatory comments, though Nugent is in a class of his own. To protest those comments, and to protest members of Congress who turn a blind eye by continuing to accept NRA money, the activists coined a new term, "NRAcist." According to the site, designed to look like a dictionary definition, an NRAcist is:
1. A member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA), such as Ted Nugent, who believes that racist, sexist and anti-immigrant language is acceptable in public discourse; or
2. A member of Congress, such as Buck McKeon, who accepts donations from the NRA and fails to denounce its board members' racist, sexist and anti-immigrant comments.
The web site gives some examples of Ted Nugent's "NRAcism" including his comment that "I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War." His calling Hillary Clinton the c-word. And his suggestion that undocumented immigrants are "invading our country…. I'd like to shoot them dead."
The activists also took to the local highways in McKeon's district, putting up "NRAcist" signs along the route where thousands of commuters are guaranteed to see them.
The third prong of the direction action was a song-and-dance flash mob at a phone bank for McKeon taking place at the local GOP party headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. They've got a video, posted up top, of the action that pretty much speaks for itself.