Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow took to the air not to condemn the NRA, but to dismiss it as irrelevant. Her take down was as brutal as it was factual. The NRA peddles in fear, misinformation and manufactured outrage. Maddow calls it a “tried and true shtick” designed to anger liberals to the delight of the gun nuts (a small but screechy minority of Americans). Why? To make money. To distract from the issues at hand. To polarize the debate and make it go away.