Right and Far-Right Moral Politics
NRA Critical Mass member Bob and Reserve member Frank are differently committed not only to the organization and gun rights but also to conservatism. Bob is a highly committed member of a quarter century who donates money to and volunteers for the NRA. Frank is a moderately committed member who has attended NRA fundraising dinners on a couple of occasions but describes himself as not a very active member. There are also distinguishable differences in their politics, yet both are NRA members and conservatives. Bob and Frank generally hold different views on contentious political issues such as terrorism, racial profiling, same-sex marriage, and taxes. At times, however, their views converge, reflecting their shared status as conservatives. Overall, highly committed Critical Mass member Bob leans much further to the Right than Frank.
Talking terrorism and racial profiling, Bob thinks it is “perfectly appropriate” to question a Middle Eastern man instead of a “little old lady” before they get on a plane. We have used racial profiling before he argues, citing Japanese internment camps during World War II, which he describes as “perfectly just.” Frank also sees racial profiling as useful in fighting crime.
Bob is also highly conservative on gender and sexuality issues. He supports restrictions on women's jobs in the military and applauds the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, preventing openly gay individuals from serving. He is displeased with the changes to gender arrangements brought on by World War II and feminism, arguing that these are “detrimental” to society and families. He also finds fault with same-sex marriage and same sex-couples adopting children, and worries about the negative effects these may have. Bob expresses his strong support for constitutional rights and allowing everyone (including gays and lesbians) to do as they please in the same conversation where he derisively refers to gay adoption as a form of “indoctrination.” Frank shares similar views regarding