An American artist is leading the charge against guns in the most novel way yet – by urging liberals to join the pro-gun National Rifle Association (NRA).
Willard Morgan, who helped elect Barack Obama in 2008 as his alter-ego Jelvis, has joined the NRA and is urging other liberals so they can ‘infiltrate and change’ the pro-gun lobby.
After the Florida school shooting which killed 17 people there has been a wave of protest across America demanding Congress ignore the powerful gun-lobby and pass restrictions.
The flamboyant New Yorker has already joined the NRA is busy sharing a deal which allows people to join for $10 and get a free gift, including a knife or sharp shooter baseball cap.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘We’ll never have a ban on guns in America. This has become obvious.
‘It’s too big an industry and a politically-driven issue right now, that is why I just joined the NRA and want everyone who is against the madness of mass shootings, to join as well.
‘If we all band together and join en mass, we can gain access to annual meetings and exhibits – receive alerts and invitations to NRA events and work to take this erstwhile benign organisation in a sane direction of encouraging gun education and eventually move for more sane legislation from within the ranks of the organisation.’
He added: ‘If I think if one person can gain access to meetings and get to know some of the membership to show that we don’t want to take away guns but to control them, there may be a chance to de-politicise the issue.’
The artist, who runs Ideal Glass gallery in New York, has even been a ‘proud member’ of the NRA before.
‘I was a proud NRA member at 12-years-of-age when I shot my .22 at camp and got my medals for marksmanship. I think by liberals joining is one of the ways to change an organisation that’s been the paid pawn of the gun industry.
‘Let’s work from the inside.’
Though Willard only started the campaign yesterday the ‘Join the NRA and get a Free Gift campaign’ is already gaining national traction across America.
Memphis Democrat Michael Moore has decided to give the campaign an Afro-American spin in the state of Tennessee.
He said: ‘This is brilliant, I am going to tell all my friends and family to join the NRA, I’ve already told them to buy assault weapons because if the black folks in America do anything quickly it soon gets banned.
‘We can call ourselves the New NRA – The National Republican Assassins, as liberals we have do everything we can to end school shootings. There have been 18 killings in schools in America this year, it is just nuts. And incredibly heartbreaking, our kids are dying but our politicians are taking NRA cash to let it happen.’
‘Every liberal man and his dog should join this campaign, in fact I am going to sign up my dog.’
Liberal Americans joining the NRA mirrors when Tories joined the Labour party for £3 to support Jeremy Corybn because they thought he would lose elections.
Ex-Labour councillor for Cradley Heath and Old Hill John Tipper backed Willard’s campaign to infiltrate the NRA.
He said: ‘The Tories did it successfully with Corbyn and this campaign is everything which can be good about politics, as it is subversive but for a noble purpose.
‘I might live in Smethwick but I will be joining the NRA myself and am looking forward to my free knife.’