Last year, I marveled at the fact that Scott DesJarlais could be under the false impression that he's a responsible gun owner:
I hope most gun owners have the common sense to realize that, once they've brought out a gun in a fight with their spouse, once they've fucking put a gun in their own mouth, they don't need to own a gun ever again. Let me be clear — I'm not saying that it should be illegal for DesJarlais to own a gun. I'm saying that, once a person knows that that's how bad it gets for him, he should be responsible enough to say, "You know what, I shouldn't own a gun."
I know there's a big cultural divide between gun owners and non-gun owners. But I would hope that gun owners can appreciate how unsettling this scenario is. We're supposed to be concentrating on the "bad" guys and leaving responsible gun owners to regulate themselves. But here's a brilliant man — he's got an M.D. — who knows the bad places his mind can take him when he's at his worst.
And yet he still owns a gun.
Well, wait around long enough and the answer comes. Scott DesJarlais thinks he's a great gun advocate because he is! The NRA said so. J.R. Lind's got the press release:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District.
According to the NRA, Congressman DesJarlais has earned an “A” rating from the organization for his “consistent and proven voting record” of supporting Second Amendment rights and in opposition to President Obama’s gun control agenda.
If a man can bring a gun into the middle of a fight with his wife — which, come on, was obviously supposed to be some kind of threat — and put the gun in his mouth and "pretend" to be threatening to kill himself for three hours and at any time for the rest of that dude's life the NRA gives him an "A" rating, the NRA is basically just trolling us.
DesJarlais broke rule one of gun safety by failing to act at all times like his gun was loaded. He used his gun to try to win a domestic dispute. And then he put his gun in his mouth. Three things that, if you did them at a gun safety class, would have you kicked out of the class. But he gets an "A" from the NRA.
Apparently, they have no standards.