“We are going to get something done this year,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said at a press conference Thursday. “I think we’ve taken a bite out of the NRA. I think they’ve done enough damage.”
I love how these people – politicians and the liberal media mostly – talk about the NRA like it is some rogue organization that is here pushing it’s will on the American people and we need to fight back.
The NRA consists of American voters. We are citizens who have joined the NRA, pay dues, make donations, etc. to have our voice heard, because otherwise, no one is listening.
So when the politicians and the media talk about defeating the NRA, taking down the NRA, or anything else about stopping the NRA… they are really saying they are defeating the American citizens who pay their dues to the NRA to stand up for them. It’s all about taking down the people who are fighting for their freedoms.
I am sick and tired of the NRA and members of Congress who fear the NRA using the Second Amendment as a crutch to preclude almost any action to improve gun safety, whether it be requiring trigger locks or other safety devices to prevent accidental use by children, or even research on gun safety.
My word, the stupidity.
A repeal of the second amendment would, in fact, open us up to a complete gun ban. It would happen almost immediately. And we’d be discussing the next amendment to repeal before it was even done. My guess would be the first amendment would be next. After all, words are scary.
People like the man-child who wrote this article keep holding the NRA up as a separate, uncontrolled entity that is working against the will of the people. As if it is some rogue organization that just swept in here and started paying off politicians and citizens as if they were George Soros.
The fact of the matter is… the NRA is voting citizens of the USA. We pay dues. We meet up with each other. We organize. We hold actual gun safety classes, not classes on what we can ban and call it “safety.” Does the NRA give money to politicians? I highly doubt they don’t. All organizations do. That is pretty much a given, and you can bet not exclusive to groups liberals don’t like. But they get the money from their members who pay dues and donate to the organization. Because we want our rights defended and the NRA is still the best way to do that. Do we all think the NRA is as effective as liberals think it is? No. I get more information about what is going on with gun rights from the grass roots groups of the states and other gun rights organizations. But the bottom line is, when things start getting really serious, the NRA is where we turn.
The creation of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) in 1975 marked a new era that would make things tougher—much tougher—on those who hate the one American freedom that safeguards all of the others. The fact of the matter is that ILA would have never been needed, nor created in the first place, if not for their ilk. The NRA would have been happy to know that Second Amendment freedoms remained secure and unchallenged forevermore. It could have continued to focus all of its energies on safety and training programs.
A second important point here is that the NRA can actually walk and chew gum at the same time. Yes, ILA works daily to unapologetically protect our freedoms at every level of government, but it is one relatively small entity in a much larger organization. The NRA performs dozens of critical functions for law-abiding gun owners, all while remaining the world’s leading authority on firearms safety and training.
Third—and Hillary is likely horrified by this—today’s NRA is more popular with the American public than ever before. They can call us “radical,” “fringe,” “militant” or whatever their favorite term of the day is, but the public isn’t buying it. Scientific polling shows time and time again that the NRA is more popular than the president and Congress. The people trust the NRA, and Americans’ positions on firearm freedoms have been trending in the NRA’s directions fairly steadily since the 1960s. Sorry, Hillary, but it seems as though the public likes today’s NRA just fine.
Finally, at a recent campaign stop Hillary took this whole silly line about the NRA having changed too much since its founding in 1871 to a new level. She implored “responsible gun owners” to break away and start their own alternative organization. Oh, to have been inside that twisted mind the moment she was reciting those words into the microphone.
It was definitely envisioning a “middle-of-the-road gun-safety organization” that supported some relatively “modest” policy goals that Clinton and her associates have pursued for at least a few decades. They include:
- Bankrupting all firearms manufacturers, distributors and retailers;
- Banning affordable handguns;
- Banning all handguns;
- Banning all scary-looking rifles and shotguns;
- Banning all rifles and shotguns if they are able to be fired “fast;”
- Banning all magazines that might provide citizens the same defensive opportunities provided to police;
- Banning all common centerfire rifle ammunition;
- Imposing punitive taxes on firearms and ammunition;
- Imposing “stockpile” limits on firearms and ammunition;
- Prohibiting retail firearms sales anywhere any citizen might find them to be convenient;
- Dramatically expanding the classes of “prohibited person”;
- Requiring all firearms to be locked and inaccessible for self-defense in the home;
- Banning all firearms carry outside of the home where an attack is most likely;
- Imposing permit requirements for gun purchase, allowing government officials to deny guns sales without cause;
- Creating a national firearms registration system to ensure a master accounting of all legal firearms; and
- Creating secret government lists that deny Americans their Second Amendment rights.
Hillary evidently believes that all “responsible gun owners” would go along with such measures in order to make our collective village safer (or at least more subservient to government). I wouldn’t want to be the director of her recruitment effort on this matter. It could lead someone to a serious state of depression. She has spent the last 30 years of her life so detached from mainstream America that she no longer has any remote bearing on reality.
So, Hillary and her loony friends who came before her are responsible for my NRA, and the transition from my grandfather’s NRA. The simple, apolitical NRA was great, but it had to change with changing times. ILA has been the leading force in the preservation of America and its freedoms over the last four decades. Hillary hates it for this reason—and I will always love that she hates it.
In the wake of the journalist slayings in Roanoke, Va., White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that similar acts of violence could be prevented if Congress would enact “common sense” changes in gun control legislation. “Until we see a sufficient number of people in this country stand up and make clear that this is something that they’re going to insist members of Congress act on, we’re probably not going to see the kind of common-sense changes that we believe should be put in place,” Earnest said.
I can’t link the video here, but click the link to see it.
Is this guy serious?
First of all, the NRA is funded by American citizens, those same gun owners they keep claiming are in full support of more meaningless gun control (regardless of how many times that apparent poll has been torn apart for being completely meaningless because it was read by gun grabbers as if you can just walk into a store and buy a gun with no background checks… and a lot of people out there believe that is true; yes, the majority of gun owners support background checks… like the ones currently in place… not universal background checks, which they were not asked about) that they want to enact instead of enforcing the laws already on the books.
Second, a lot of folks in the NRA are not happy with the NRA… because they aren’t doing enough. I am a life member of the NRA. I rarely get anything from them about what they are doing to secure our rights, current threats, etc. I only hear from them after a victory. And they seem silent on a lot of things gun rights advocates are actually concerned about. Otherwise, all I hear from the NRA is my monthly magazine and why I need to send them more money.
Basically, Congress is actually doing something the people want… they are supporting at least that portion of the Constitution. And they know when they stop, the voters – not the NRA – will have something to say about it on their ballots.
On August 28, the NRA presented ATF and FBI data showing Americans have purchased “170 million new guns” since 1991, and violent crime has fallen “51 percent.”
The NRA tweeted, “Since ’91, Americans have acquired over 170 million new firearms and violent crimes have declined by 51%.”
This information squares with the findings of a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study covering the slightly shorter period of time from 1994 to 2009. For those years, CRS found that Americans purchased approximately 118 million firearms, and the 1993 “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate of 6.6 per 100,000 fell to 3.6 per 100,000 by the year 2000. It eventually fell all the way to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.
That is more than a 50 percent reduction in “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide.”
Then, in 2009—the year the CRS study ended—Obama took office and gun sales began their climb to record levels, which made covering the gap between the 118 million guns that had been purchased by 2009 and the “170 million new guns” that Americans would own by 2015 an easy gap to bridge.
The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups sued Seattle over the city’s new tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition, echoing the legal battle that followed a similar measure adopted by Chicago three years ago.
The Second Amendment Foundation Inc. and the National Shooting Sports Foundation joined the NRA and two firearms retailers in Seattle in a complaint alleging municipalities are prohibited from enacting regulations of firearms that aren’t authorized by state law.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city is committed to fighting back against an “ongoing national epidemic of gun violence,” according to a statement issued after the city council’s unanimous approval of the tax Aug. 10.
Seattle will levy a $25 tax on each retail firearm sale and collect two cents on each round of ammunition sold, according to the complaint. The ordinance is scheduled to take effect in January. Chicago, which also imposed a $25 tax on retail firearm sales, lost a bid in March to dismiss a constitutional challenge to its ordinance by area gun shops.
The gun rights advocates seek a court order barring the Seattle ordinance from taking effect, according to the complaint.
Banner day. The NRA is actually doing something other fundraising. It’s about time. I’ve lost a lot of faith in the NRA over the years. Just because they get blamed for everything that goes wrong in the world doesn’t mean they are actually doing anything.