NRA's new beat: Meet the young guns
March 26th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA's new beat: Meet the young guns

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association introduced new "commentators" for its news website, where a trio of young adult gun owners aim to debunk what they consider common myths and misunderstandings about firearms.

In a highly-produced video segment released Monday on NRA News and perhaps aimed to break stereotypes of gun owners, the organization showcases a blogger who writes about guns for women, a former Navy SEAL, and an "urban gun enthusiast."

NRA News features video segments and shows, including "Cam & Co," which also airs on the Sportsman Channel.

The new video is interwoven with footage of the three shooting at a gun range and talking about their passion for educating people on guns. A trendy, modern beat can be heard under visuals of the personalities shooting different types firearms, with shells and casings discharging in slow motion.

The new video in particular takes a swipe at "politicians, media elites and celebrity puppets" for being what they describe as ignorant of guns and proper terminology.

"They have no idea what the difference is between a shotgun and an AR-15, and then they think AR-15s are fully automatic, which is completely false," argues Natalie Foster, who runs the website "A Girl's Guide to Guns."

A number of celebrities have indeed used their platform to call for more gun control. Dozens of A-listers took part in a December ad for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, calling for a plan against gun violence.

On Monday, actor Jim Carrey released a parody video on the comedy website "Funny or Die," in which Carrey mocks Charlton Heston's declaration that gun control advocates would have to pry his firearms "from my cold, dead hands." The late actor and former NRA president made the statement in a 2000 speech to NRA members.

Wearing a New York Yankees hat, another NRA commentator Colion Noir, the "urban gun enthusiast," praises the practice of shooting as a peaceful and tranquil experience.

"There is something about going out into the middle of nowhere that is so awe-inspiring, so relaxing and you hear nothing except the sound of a gun going off," he says. Noir, who joined NRA News slightly earlier than the other two, says he was not pro-guns until he went to a gun range for the first time.

Dom Raso, the third personality and former Navy SEAL, talks about his frustration with some people perceiving guns as nothing but lethal weapons.

"The killing machine is here," Raso says, pointing to his head. "It's not in your hand."

He also takes issue with Vice President Joe Biden, the administration's leading voice on the push for tighter gun laws. President Barack Obama and Biden have actively advocated for a ban on semiautomatic rifles modeled after military-style weapons, as well as a limit to magazine capacities.

Biden drew criticism for advising in a Facebook town hall to use a shotgun and shoot twice in the air as a way to fend off intruders. Critics argue that's simply a way to waste ammunition.

"It's ridiculous to hear our vice president trying to tell me or anybody else what they should be doing to defend their home, period," Raso says in the video.

The video comes days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid formally introduced gun legislation to expand the background check system and create tougher laws for gun trafficking. The powerful NRA has been fiercely opposed to any restrictions on current gun laws and Washington is gearing up for a showdown when the Senate returns for debate on the bill in two weeks.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    The NRA is like the cigarette companies used to be. Denial, denial, denial.

    "Guns are FUN!" "Guns fit into your lifestyle!" "Guns make you look COOL!"

    "Guns don't actually kill people. All those people you see getting shot on TV? They are just actors, and that's how it is when you shoot a real gun. Nobody ever gets really hurt."

    They need to start labeling guns, like they do cigarettes, with images of dead children.

    March 26, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    NRA is stupid.

    March 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Mark

    Since we cannot know what is in your head, we can take away what is in your hand so you cannot kill innocent people. Simple.

    March 26, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. kayla

    there is always a token

    March 26, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. ARMYCSM

    Well, that's a start or shall I say that's an ending. When the gunners in America see Black Men with Big Guns something in them just shivers, even though they are seated in a gun shop. Watch, there will be gun control legislation very soon, first aiming at the urban areas, since there will be no outcry for their 2nd admemdment protection, the same legislation will be gradually applied to all at the end of the day. The silence will compromise the surburban's own 2nd admendment rights...
    The NRA boomerang.

    March 26, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Steve

    Why does the NRA try and ram guns down all of our throats? I don't care if they have guns, fine just don't try and force me to own one. I can take care of myself without a gun. I'd rather go to the gym than a shooting range. I picked up a gun for the first time while in the Army, qualified expert with the m-16 and with the 45 and haven't picked up one since leaving the military.
    My point is, great, have your guns, I don't care. Just don't expect everyone to want to own one. I don't own one but feel comfortable protecting myself and others without the use of a firearm.

    March 26, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    dialogue deleted from the video and then overdubbed....."I shur do wish we was shootin' some libruls and soshulists insted of these here targets"

    March 26, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Donna

    v_mag
    They need to start labeling guns, like they do cigarettes, with images of dead children.
    ==============

    They need to do this on the front of all abortion clinics. Those are the REAL baby killers among us.

    March 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. YBM

    Ahhh, yes. Take guns away from people. Creating more victims. But that is what liberals and community organizers are expert at...victim creation.

    March 26, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "They have no idea what the difference is between a shotgun and an AR-15, and then they think AR-15s are fully automatic, which is completely false,"

    Aaaah, the tried and true baseless denial rationalized by claiming that the other side just doesn't understand. Unfortunately for them, we do, we do know the difference and we do know that an AR-15 is not fully automatic. The key is that there's no evidence to support their claim of people being misinformed....whereas on so many other issues, the right is provably misinformed and unaware of the facts, historical record and evidence. You even get polls showing it...like polls showing that Faux News viewers are less informed than people who don't watch any news at all. THis talking point about "people who want better gun control just don't know anything about the guns anyway" is just another way for the NRA to poison any attempt to have a rational discussion...by encouraging gun nuts to just continue dismissing out of hand anything said that they don't agree with.

    March 26, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Dom Raso, the third personality and former Navy SEAL, talks about his frustration with some people perceiving guns as nothing but lethal weapons.

    "The killing machine is here," Raso says, pointing to his head. "It's not in your hand."

    His tool of choice makes it a hell fo a lot easier to be a killing machine. As a former NEAL, he ought to know that.

    March 26, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. plain&simple

    And the problem with stringent background checks is.....??????

    March 26, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Ahh, such a sweet photo.....

    March 26, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Jean2

    What does this mean? It looks like the wild wild West of long ago.

    Over time we grow and change developing new and better methods of dealing wwith issues of a civilized society.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let us consider the out come. What will be the benefit????????

    March 26, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. just askin

    Steve
    Why does the NRA try and ram guns down all of our throats? I don't care if they have guns, fine just don't try and force me to own one. I can take care of myself without a gun
    ======

    who is forcing you to buy guns? nobody. get a grip.

    March 26, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. J

    Nobody is trying to ram guns down anyone's throat, yet it's the anti gunners who are slowly and surely trying to deprive Americans of their ability to defend themselves.

    March 26, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. just sayin

    Sniffit
    The key is that there's no evidence to support their claim of people being misinformed....whereas on so many other issues, the right is provably misinformed and unaware of the facts, historical record and evidence.
    --

    sniffit's definition of uninformed = anybody that doesn't drink the leftist koolaide and believe the lies.

    evidence of being misinformed? obama's re-election. case closed.

    March 26, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Moose

    Good to know the NRAS out in force, when the libs are running from the bamman, you can hide behind the NRA !!!

    March 26, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. rs

    YBM

    Ahhh, yes. Take guns away from people. Creating more victims. But that is what liberals and community organizers are expert at...victim creation.
    _________________
    Get in touch when a community organizer wipes out a classroom, will you?

    March 26, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "They have no idea what the difference is between a shotgun and an AR-15, and then they think AR-15s are fully automatic, which is completely false," argues Natalie Foster.
    ----------------------------–
    While the NRA argues semantics people are still being shot and killed. While NRA supporters argue over technical definitions, they're ignoring the fact that any legislation will wriet it's own defintions.

    March 26, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Mr. Nope

    >The key is that there's no evidence to support their claim of people being misinformed....

    hahahahhhahah

    yeah right, the people talking about guns are entirely ignorant of the subject

    March 26, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Thomas

    "urban gun enthusiast."

    It has a nice sound to it , The American Sportsman and the Urban Jungle .

    March 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "They have no idea what the difference is between a shotgun and an AR-15, and then they think AR-15s are fully automatic, which is completely false,"
    ----------------------------------------------
    They both give you the same result: Death

    March 26, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Donna

    v_mag
    They need to start labeling guns, like they do cigarettes, with images of dead children.
    ==============

    They need to do this on the front of all abortion clinics. Those are the REAL baby killers among us.
    -----–
    You're wasting your time, Donna. They live in a world where there's no God. In that world, no God = no consequences. It's a very very convenient setup for them.

    March 26, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Thomas

    That photo of the young guns is hilarious , was that taken at the new Urban shooting range in central park ?

    March 26, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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