See it for yourself with the link above, but below is the text of Richard Branson's relation of the Vietnam War to the US gun rights, training and education group:
"LBJ LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?”
During our days at Student magazine, this is what we used to chant outside of the US Embassy in an attempt to persuade the then President, Lyndon B. Johnson, to bring an end to the Vietnam War. Thankfully our generation succeeded, proving that grassroots action really can make a difference.
Today young people in the US need to ask how many more kids are going to be killed before politicians see sense and introduce a ban on assault weapons. If the youth of 1968 could help stop a dreadful war, then the youth of today can demand an end to the killing of innocent children and stand up to the National Rifle Association.
NRA NRA, how many kids have you killed today?
No matter how successful or wealthy you become, it doesn't entitle you to behave as if you have all subjects grasped so fully that you snap that kind of commentary out there. Or, it shouldn't. This is a good example of uninformed activism -- and from a damned clever, driven, persistent and able businessman and a generally likable guy.
He connects his putrid turn of phrase to assault weapons, but the rhetoric is already of the deep end by that point.
It is too bad an adventurous fellow as he cannot fathom a difference between gun owners and crazy people, and that the NRA is the primary, sturdy group standing between ignorance like his and the confiscation of guns from just about everyone in the US.
He ought to read more of what the left of America has said before he assumes it is the NRA that encourages killing of innocents. But he won't, since he doesn't need to to be party to their attacks on the members of the NRA. He's rich, therefore he's right.
- jR, aka AirFarceOne (follow me on Twitter!)