The National Rifle Association is nothing if not a wildly narcissistic and paranoid bunch, one that can find in every action some manner in which it affects them, and most often in a threatening way.
The Obama administration's attempts to introduce a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory in an effort to prevent the extinction of African elephants is one good example.
The White House recently announced its support of such a ban, stating that it would be "the best way to help ensure that US markets do not contribute to the further decline of African elephants in the wild." The announcement was joined by a warning from famed primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, who said that ongoing poaching will lead to the extinction of the species.
The NRA however doesn't see the threat to elephants in Africa, it infers a threat to its existence in the US. They made their paranoia clear on their web site, writing that "[This proposed ban on elephant ivory] is another attempt by this anti-gun administration to ban firearms based on cosmetics and would render many collections/firearms valueless. Any firearm, firearm accessory, or knife that contains ivory, no matter how big or small, would not be able to be sold in the United States unless it is more than 100 years old.
"This means if your shotgun has an ivory bead or inlay," they continued, "your revolver or pistol has ivory grips, your knife has an ivory handle, or if your firearm accessories, such as cleaning tool that contain any ivory, the item would be illegal to sell."
The ban would help to perhaps one day put an end to the 17,000 African elephants slaughtered each year for their ivory, all while preserving the 2nd Amendment rights of all Americans.
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The ban would help to perhaps one day put an end to the 17,000 African elephants slaughtered each year for their ivory.