It appears that all gun enthusiasts are not alike. Take the case of Thomas King, NRA board member and the president of the Rifle & Pistol Association. He's disgusted by how inflammatory and incendiary gun lovers spurned on by the NRA has become and he's not supporting it.
The head of New York's largest firearms organization is skipping a planned Tuesday Capitol protest of the state's tougher gun control laws enacted last year, saying he fears the rhetoric at such gatherings is becoming more "contentious and threatening."
Thomas King, a national NRA board member and president of the state Rifle & Pistol Association, argues that the angry and inflammatory rhetoric only hurts the cause of gun lovers.
"Let all these other groups go out and do what they want to do, because they don't want to listen anyway," he told the Daily News. "I just don't want to be a party to anything that may happen."
Tuesday's Albany rally is scheduled to feature Donald Trump, Republican gubernatorial wannabe Rob Astorino, and bombastic Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who lost to Gov. Cuomo four years ago.
This man is very honest about his views on guns:
King wrote that the rallies are simply "preaching to the choir" and will never convert those who are "rabidly" anti-gun.
The key for gun rights advocates, he said, is to win over those in the middle--"the soccer moms, the guys who say I've never shot a gun but would like to try it and the people worried about their safety."
King fears that effort is being damaged by some rabid 2nd Amendment groups whose rhetoric has become increasingly volatile.
Good for him. America can use more people like Thomas King, even if I oppose his views on guns.