ISIS and the NRA: Similarities abound

ISIS and the NRA: Similarities abound
NRA prepares to indoctrinate new members.

Contentious as it might sound, there are significant similarities between the Islamic State terrorist organization, ISIS, and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Of course there are differences as well, but examining issues of congruence adds another dimension to the gun violence controversy.

The most important parallels between ISIS and the NRA are:

– Institutionally, both organizations are remorseless about the deaths of victims
– Both use fear and intimidation to obtain their objectives
– Both assume their ideology is superior to the wishes of the majority of citizens
– Both have intensely loyal followers
– Both recruit and indoctrinate members who are ignorant of the basic facts
– Both are relatively small organizations that have impact far beyond their size
– Neither organization will apologize for the harm they cause

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