Would you pay to visit a car museum that had no cars in it, but just pictures and tales of the history of cars? What about an air museum without airplanes or a knife museum without any knives on display? Would anyone in their right mind pay to visit the famous Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and not expect to see any historical exhibits of dinosaurs or other items? What about visiting the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris and not expect to see any paintings?
The answer is obvious, no one would visit any of these museums without expecting to see the items the museum is famous for. So, why would anyone in their right mind visit the National Rifle Association’s National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia and get upset or concerned about seeing guns on display?
Earlier this week, Francis X. Clines wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times. He had visited the NRA’s museum and wrote about his experience. In his post, he wrote:
“There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America’s gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice. But it is the gallery devoted to Hollywood and its guns and good-guy shooters that best illustrates the power of fantasy now driving the modern gun rights debate.”
“A poster figure of John Wayne, the mega-hero of Hollywood westerns, offers a greeting here at the gun museum’s gallery door as he holds his Winchester carbine at the ready and offers an amiably crooked grin. The bad guys in the movies never fully understood that the menace behind Wayne’s grin (‘Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim’) meant he was about to deliver blazing fantasies of triumphant gunfire that would leave them dead in the dust. It’s no wonder modern Florida legislators could not resist protecting actual shooters who draw and fire like John Wayne as guilt-free, ‘stand-your-ground’ defenders.”
What did Clines expect to find in the NRA Firearms Museum, silk flowers and a history of the hippie peace movement that started in San Francisco?
The National Rifle Association’s National Firearms Museum website’s homepage states:
“The NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, consists of 15 galleries comprised of 85 exhibit cases housing 3,000 firearms in a 15,000 square foot facility. The Museum details and examines the nearly 700-year history of firearms with a special emphasis on firearms, freedom, and the American experience. Each gallery is evocative of a period of time in American history, from the stockade fort at Jamestown to the gun factories of New England. Life-sized dioramas include a nineteenth-century riflemaker’s shop, a trench on the Western Front in WWI, and a shelled-out town square in Normandy in WWII. The firearms tell the stories of how they were used to provide security and sustenance to the early colonists, how they were used to secure our freedom and independence, and have been used ever since to maintain and preserve those liberties. Within the galleries are also tales of exploration, manufacturing, competition, hunting, and recreational shooting sports.”
“‘The Robert E. Petersen Gallery’ opened in 2010. It has been called ‘the finest single room of guns anywhere in the world.’ It features masterpieces of firearms engraving, exquisite British double rifles and shotguns, and the largest collection of Gatling guns on public display,”
“‘Hollywood Guns,’ located in the William B. Ruger Gallery, features 120 actual guns used in movies and television over the past 80 years. They range from the first revolver John Wayne used on camera through guns from recent Academy Award Winners, such as the silenced shotgun from ‘No Country for Old Men,’ and the Barrett .50 cal. sniper rifle from ‘Hurt Locker.’ Other favorites in the exhibit include the Beretta pistol used both by Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon’ and by Bruce Willis in ‘Die Hard,’ and the .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson carried by Clint Eastwood in ‘Dirty Harry’.”
It’s obvious that Cline is an anti-gun, liberal who visited the NRA museum with a preconceived hatred for guns and anything related to guns or history. His intolerance was revealed in his op-ed piece. He reminds me of the liberals pushing to remove many Civil War memorials because they find them offensive and racist. Those memorials are there to honor the men who died in the bloodiest period of American history. Removing the memorials doesn’t change history or what happened, it only reveals the intolerance of liberals, who ironically want everyone else to tolerate them.
If Cline is so anti-gun, then he should have visited the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, Virginia or the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia and write his op-ed piece on them. I always tell somebody if you don’t like bars, don’t go in one, or if you don’t like a certain neighborhood, then don’t go to that neighborhood. Cline didn’t like guns, he dared to venture into a Museum about guns for the sole purpose of spewing his liberal hatred for guns in hopes of swaying others to agree with his intolerance.