I was almost speechless. Almost.

Somebody at the National Rifle Association (NRA) done fucked up.

Even after how I’ve voted and donated money politically my whole life, and after I’ve written repeatedly and forcefully about the need to protect our entire nation from the liars at the NRA and our children specifically from the flood of guns they insist is their members’ rights to possess (based on gross misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution)

Even after all of that, somehow my name got on one of the organization’s fundraising lists. Frankly, I’ve always figured I was on one of its other lists, the kind that Richard Nixon used to keep and update obsessively.

Apparently not, given that one of the NRA’s lackeys called me this afternoon. Me!

When the caller ID came up with “NRA,” a bright-orange burst of rage flashed in my mind and my first instinct was to ignore it. My second thought, though, was to answer, listen to their bullshit and give them a piece of my mind.

So I did.

The gun-toting sheep launched into his “Protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights” shpeel, along with something about signing up lifetime members. I kept quiet while struggling to open my QuickTime to record the conversation, which in North Dakota is MY right.

I missed about a minute, but here’s what I caught:

“…this is the opportunity the gun haters have been waiting for. Democrats, and possibly even a few Republicans, are ready to pass major gun control legislation in the coming days. Things are moving very quickly, which is why we’re on the phone today. NRA is a firewall protecting freedom and we’re fighting 24/7 to save our rights. But our strength comes from our great members, so we desperately need you here with us today. As a life member, I can offer you a discount off the normal rate if you upgrade to the Endowment Level today. It’s only two hundred and fifty dollars, and you will receive the NRA-Dakota (garbled word) performance jacket, which is a one-hundred-and-twenty dollar value. As an Endowment Member, your name will be listed in the Hall of Honors in NRA headquarters. The best part of it is, you can upgrade your membership for just twenty-five dollars now, and give twenty-five dollars a month. This offer is ending soon, and I hate to see you miss out on it. So let’s get you signed up, okay?

I allowed a pause to drag out for several seconds. Then…

“Listen very carefully. You assholes are responsible for the deaths of children in their schools. How dare you call me and ask for money? You guys need to FUCK OFF! We don’t need assault weapons in our schools or anywhere else.”

I stopped to see if the death-lover was still on the line. He wasn’t.

Then, from the kitchen where my two daughters, ages 20 and 14, had been talking but had gone silent –

"NRA? NO WAY!" graphic

“SERIOUS! YESSS!” The 20-year-old, headed for my office. “FUCK YEAH! Was that the NRA?” she asked in disbelief, grasping how absurd such a call, to me, would be.

“Good job,” the 14-year-old said.

We’ve talked a lot about gun control in our house over the years, how the NRA is deranged and responsible for murder, and how the politicians who serve the organization are culpable.

The NRA. How dare they!

Calling for money so they can continue the mad cycle of unfettered gun sales and innocent, unnecessary deaths, right after 19 kids and two teachers were slaughtered in Uvalde, Texas, and not much longer after a gunman wiped out 10 Black people in Buffalo, N.Y.? Not to mention the literally thousands of mass deaths caused by gunmen in the United States over the past 50 years of increasingly lax gun restrictions.

It’s disgusting.

The Hall of fucking Honors?

Enabling the deaths of schoolchildren is as far from honorable as it’s inhumanly possible to get. It’s the purview of scum.

The NRA and its members have no shame. They make me ill.

Admittedly, I took way too much joy out of telling one of their own exactly how I feel about their messed-up, inhumane, illogical, death-dealing organization, its members and its policy positions.

But, jeez, I had to. The NRA psychos and sycophants are not likely to make the same mistake again. Besides, I at least wasted a little bit of his time. And I must say, it felt damn GOOD.


Graphic - MCFIV Copyright 2022 Black

Featured photo by William West/Agence France-Presse via Vox via Getty Images – “Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.”

Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger (https://ivwords.com) nonprofit founder (https://theclimateknights.org/) and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


bruce · June 18, 2022 at 6:04 pm

I think, as you’ve directed focus to, that there are a lot of seriously sick people out there and way too many of them are gun owners.
Then there’s the story i saw today that a guy (gun dealer, for real) decided to shoot up a church pot luck dinner…. and got stopped by a good guy with a … wait for it … chair. Really!
So it should read: “The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, chair, or anything handy that one can improvise with.”

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · June 18, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    OK. That’s fucking hilarious! 🤣

Amanda · June 17, 2022 at 1:20 am

Now Martin, you really could have wasted so much more of their time, leading them on and having fun, stymying their attempts to sign you up as a member as you just donated half your life savings to ‘Grandmas against guns’ or some fictitious organisation you made up on the spur of the moment, or you could have even questioned their ethics on killing children, but that would also waste your precious time in fighting the good fight against climate inaction.
I think the NRA fund-raiser got the message!
What a truly awful organisation and one that is worringly pro-active.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · June 17, 2022 at 6:58 am

    You’re so right, Amanda! I really should have. But the truth is, with the NRA I probably would have lost my cool and blown the whole thing. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. BTW, the featured photo is from a gun buyback in your country.

Mark Olson · June 16, 2022 at 8:09 pm

I get mailers from the NRA repeatedly, even though I’ve never been a member and abhor their fear sell approach. I’m guessing because I’ve bought a hunting license in ND for half a century they assume I’m a gun toting’ son-of-a-bitch. I have shotguns, rifles, even a couple of .22 caliber handguns, but they are tools I use when I need them. Just like the shovels in my garage. I don’t need them, until I do. I’ve never considered them as tools to protect myself and family. I’d have no issue with registering all of them. These crazy motherfuckers who put their guns before all else are mentally ill. Thus disqualifying them from from owning the objects of their obsession. I’ve never understood the foolishness of putting an object before everything else. Even human life.

Let me know what you think!

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