NRA risk management
An interesting article. For some nonprofits, risk management is simple. For a five million member one, with many linked organizations (its Civil Rights Defense Fund, Foundation, Whittington Center Foundation, PAC, etc., etc.) it is quite complex. For tax purposes, each has to stay within its bounds. Proper insurance has to be found and negotiation. Claims processed. Cyber risks minimized. Not to mention... "A recent court filing connected the NRA to spaceships, X-ray beams, and anti-gravity technology."
An overstatement, since I don't think it's ever been linked to anti-gravity technology, and Ruger gave up on the X-ray handguns a few years ago. Overpenetration, and not enough stopping power.
We have been dreaming of and talking about ray guns for 60 years that I can remember. I think that 50 to 60 years from now ray guns will be a reality. No long si-fi.
Posted by: harp1034 at October 2, 2013 08:29 AM
Too late. They've been illegal in Massachusetts for quite some time now. Nothing sneaks past the geniuses we've got in the Massachusetts legislature.
Posted by: Ken M at October 2, 2013 01:52 PM
If ray guns were invented, how would they pass the "in common usage" test? Wouldn't they more likely be classified as "prohibited weapons of war" like 20th Century trench guns and machine guns? I think if you could just print them up on a 3D printer and the death rays weren't traceable, possession would be outlawed immediately. Too many politicians would be in mortal fear of their constituency.
Posted by: Jim D. at October 2, 2013 03:41 PM
She gave a good interview. It focused on safety and education and stayed on message.
Posted by: KDRoe at October 2, 2013 06:21 PM
Obligatory Simpsons quote (oh now I sound like Sebastian from PAGunBlog):
"I don't understand why we have to build a ray gun to aim at a planet I never even heard of."
Posted by: Treehouse of Horror at October 2, 2013 07:42 PM
X-ray beams and anti-gravity technology are why in some jurisdictions like NYC it is illegal for civilians to possess tinfoil hats. However, the police may wear tinfoil hats because of their legitimate need to protect themselves from the NRA.
Posted by: JNH at October 3, 2013 05:09 PM
Check out the lawyer mentioned in the interview: Lincoln Bandlow. That's almost as good as Learned Hand!
Posted by: We the Purple at October 3, 2013 05:51 PM
I must commend the true gun wonkery evident in this thread. Reading the comments actually prompted me to go look up Billings Learned Hand. (I thought I might have misremembered the name and he was actually Bandlow Learned Hand.)
Neat fact: Learned Hand was born just a few months after the NRA was founded. Where is a tinfoil hat when you need one.
Posted by: YE3 at October 7, 2013 07:51 AM