Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.
Are you sick and tired of paying to defend yourself in court after you kill someone? Are you concerned that one day you might have to stop killing people? Well don't put down that gun yet, friend, because the National Rifle Association has a deal for you.
"Yes, it's true. An NRA-endorsed insurance plan can help you out in the event of shooting someone dead for self-defense, real or imagined," he wrote on his blog
this morning. "Now, this is basically a scam. Even the horniest gun fetishist, itching to down a brown burglar[,] is unlikely to ever actually need this insurance... Another thought: Could having self-defense insurance itself come into play in a trial? It seems to betray a certain mindset."
The cartoon is available online
and features the lines "Self-defense doesn't end when their life does!" and "We'll cover your court fees for: killing burglars, killing people you think are burglars, killing people who may very well intend to burgle."
I called the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action for comment; they said someone would have to call me back. We've been playing phone tag the past day or so, but I'll gladly update when we manage to get in touch.
(Fun fact: When I called to follow up today, a song was playing in the background when a spokeswoman answered. I am not making this up. It was "Live and Let Die.")