Call this one a short “Easy Essay” such as Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, might have called it. Here goes:
“God damn the NRA!” And all of its radical leadership. Hey, Wayne LaPierre, that would include you of course. I’m calling you out by name on this one.
Now I am using the pronoun “God” and the verb “damn” quite precisely here in what I say, out of my belief system that there is one God, a person from whom all our persons are created, who has been known to banish certain persons who did great evil from His presence. (Or Her, or His/Her – you call it, it matters not – it is a weak possessive no matter what you do with it.) These persons then suffer forever such banishment, knowing it was their willful actions that caused it, and it is this knowledge of the evil they chose that makes the banishment feel an though it were an eternal flame. We all know of course that this is a metaphor that does not really approach the anguish one would feel knowing they are to reside forever outside the other metaphor we call “Heaven,” which really just means reunion with the Creator some of us refer to as “God.”
Those clarifications in order, I say again “God damn the NRA!” Not necessarily all of its members, of course, some of whom (I hope) will see eventually that gun safety as the reason for the NRA has been abandoned. These persons need to take back control of their NRA, or else be part of this problem presented right here. In which case, they should just substitute the pronoun by which they are known in this life (i.e., their name) where “NRA” resides in my sentence.
Next time you make it easy to put a gun into the hand of a child, remember this from one who claimed to be God (or Son thereof): “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
There you have it, in plain English Standard version.