The Gadfly simply finds himself incapable of being shocked any more by finding out what kind of human scum permeate the ranks of today's modern conservative movement.
Be that as it may, it's still just a bit jarring to say the least to discover that the NRA's top legal counsel is a self-confessed, convicted murderer and a man with a remorselessly violent history of using guns to terrify people.
The gun Dowlut unearthed less than a half mile from the murder scene was a Webley Mark VI, a British-made six-shot military revolver commonly sold in the United States after World War II. The Indiana State Police Laboratory determined that it had fired a bullet recovered from Yocum's body, one retrieved from her apartment, and another found at the pawnshop.
The following morning, Dowlut was charged with first-degree murder. A year and a half later, a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder. Before the judge handed down a life sentence, he asked the defendant if there was any reason why he shouldn't be put away. Dowlut replied, "I am not guilty." A day later, the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City registered Dowlut, now 19, as prisoner number 33848.
Less than six years later, Robert Dowlut would be a free man—his murder conviction thrown out by the Indiana Supreme Court because of a flawed police investigation. The court ordered a new trial, but one never took place. Dowlut would return to the Army and go on to earn college and law degrees. Then he would embark on a career that put him at the epicenter of the movement to transform America's gun laws.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/robert-dowlut-nra-murder-mystery
Go read the whole disgusting story. There's a an old saying that says "birds of a feather flock together," which in it's most simplistic definition means that people who have similar characteristics or similar interests will often choose to ally with each other.
Ergo - it makes all of the goddamn sense in the world that a man with a past history of gun violence and who had no compunction at all about shooting an unarmed woman in the back and killing her, would feel right at home servicing the agenda of the blood-stained hands of the NRA and the cadre of soulless monsters who populate it's leadership infrastructure.
It's just more evidence for which The Gadfly feels wholly justified in believing unflinchingly that this current crop of conservatives, more than a handful of religious nuts living in caves in Afghanistan, is a much greater threat to our democracy as well as to prospects that this country will ever achieve any measurable state of lasting peace and domestic tranquility within it's own borders -- much less be a beacon of hope for the same to peoples abroad.