You don't need to look very far to find the racist element of the NRA
Honestly, I had no idea who “Raging” Rob Kinnison was. I’m not a fan of his type of media. I’d just stumbled into a twitter exchange between him and a couple friends of mine, where he was calling them c*nts and damning them to hell. Raging Rob is not only a big time NRA cheerleader, he also considers himself a “Good Christian.”
So I joined the conversation and was immediately invited to perform oral sex on him. Figured that would set the tone, but Raging Rob didn’t take long to up the ante. When challenged on why he was so obsessed with guns, his answer was simple, “More n*ggers, more guns.”
Rob has quite the history of racist rhetoric it turns out. He regularly retweets the twitter account N*gger Basher. He’s also intimately familiar with an account that’s been written about here before, End Cultural Marxism, a White Power account.
This is his hook, and his appeal; racist hatred. On his YouTube channel he regularly launches into hateful tirades of a nature that could most politely be categorized as ignorant. His regular targets are President Obama and Moms Demand Action. Specifically he tells them to “put a dick in your mouth and shut up.”
Some of Raging Rob’s videos aren’t even that offensive. There’s one where he defends himself to Truckers Against Pedophiles that is absolutely hilarious. In a pathetic vulgar type of way, sure, but still funny.
When I looked him up on Facebook, he was already blocked, meaning he’d been enough of a pain in the ass along the line somewhere that this was the only way I could shut him up. I can’t recall the specific incident because writing about preventing gun violence brings guys like him out of the woodwork. In the last year since I’ve started doing this, I must have had to block hundreds of these accounts.
But back to the conversation on Twitter. I made it clear I would be writing about and screen shooting our conversation, which he subsequently favorited and retweeted. He then continued to exhort racist sentiment, with a dash of homophobia and misogyny to boot. So he likes the attention, apparently. And there are plenty of people who give it to him.
This guy represents a huge faction of those who subscribe to the tenets of the NRA. Rob Kinnison has 30,000+ followers on Twitter alone, and another couple thousand on his current YouTube. He pounds his chest about being a proud member of the NRA on a regular basis, and whether the gun lobby likes it or not, his voice speaks for them.
Does Rob Kinnison represent every NRA member? As long as the NRA continues to denounce him, then no. What’s that? They’re not? Oh, that’s embarrassing. Why that’s almost as bad as a guy up for third in command of the Republican Party revealed as having spoken to a White Supremacist rally. That’s the kind of thing nobody could condone. Wait, what’s that? They are? Wow.
This is not to say that the NRA or the GOP is inherently racist, but it does say that a significant amount of them are. Raging Rob Kinnison and his following prove that. And he’s but one small corner of that large faction. These hateful bigots make the whole of the NRA and, by association, the GOP, look terrible. Bigotry should never be accepted, and never go unchallenged.
Where we lose traction is when we try to uncover why these issues are seething below the surface. Specifically, how the bigoted behavior of many white Americans are making the nation’s issues worse. We saw it in Ferguson. We saw it again in New York. We’ve been seeing it all along. But there are still people denying overt racism happens even with people like Rob Kinnison garnering huge followings. And they generally either work for or watch Fox News.
You cannot justify racism. Racism is never ethically correct. You cannot deny that the discriminatory actions of certain white people are happening without being a part of the problem yourself. Discrimination still exists. This is not Post Racial America. If you support, defend, or follow some attention seeking, gun-happy, homophobic, misogynistic man-child, who blames America’s problems on “n*ggers” then congratulations, you are part of the problem.
It’s easy math, folks; racism is bad. Supporting racism makes you a bad person. And not bad as in “cool,” bad as in “ignorant asshole.” Got that? I mean what else do you need these guys to do, dress up in a devil suit with a swastika carved on their forehead while eating live kittens? Sometimes it feels like that would still not be enough.
Raging Rob Kinnison is a reprehensible racist. He needs to put that in his name. If he wants the attention for it, then he should have the courage to be honest about it. And if you’re stupid enough to be a fan of this guy, then you can’t hide that you’re scum of the Earth, just like him.
Make a video about that, Raging Rob.