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Arkansas's de facto state motto is Regnat NRA

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In Arkansas, the NRA is like a fourth branch of government, and the most powerful. Arkansas officials compete in submissiveness to the giant lobby group. The de facto state motto is Regnat NRA.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel knows the drill. He showed up at a rabble-rousing speech given in Little Rock by the NRA's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, and, according to the local press, hung around afterword to tell LaPierre, "I'm at your service." LaPierre's response is not recorded, but it was probably on the order of "You bet your sweet *** you are." LaPierre is not naturally courteous, and there's no need to be polite to people as easily intimidated as Arkansas legislators and executives.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin was on hand sucking up to LaPierre too, but dishonor is expected of him. McDaniel, on the other hand, has shown glimmers of integrity and responsibility. Expectations for him are higher. He's presumed to be on the side of the law, not the gun; the victim, not the shooter. That presumption may be rebuttable.

We saw a picture of McDaniel, Griffin and LaPierre talking after the speech. At one time, we could have said "Which of these doesn't belong?" McDaniel is making the question harder to answer.

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