The National Rifle Association (NRA) has suffered from its own internal struggles as of late, as well as the optics, if not the actual facts, of its previous actions. Many of these issues have been due to recent events, but on a recent K-Var podcast, the NRA’s hand in gun control against blacks was also discussed. The NRA, as with any major organization, is far from perfect.
However, that is not to say its faults are so heinous that we need throw out the baby with the bathwater either. The Second Amendment is always under attack. One of the NRA’s biggest mistakes of the past, in my opinion, was its continued doom and gloom fear campaigns — “Give to the NRA or you will lose your Second Amendment rights!” While the NRA was never wholly wrong with its messaging, it failed to highlight its successes. Everything was, “all hope is lost without milking another donation.” What the NRA really needed to do was highlight as many political and legislative victories, and then ask for the next donation earmarking it for the set of political or court battles.
Notwithstanding the folly of the number of times the NRA has claimed the Second Amendment will fall without another donation or gun owners decrying the NRA’s (in my opinion) mismanagement of the dollars we have all given in the past, there is now a new voice that is being heard. It is from the anti-gun politicians, gun control advocates, and others who wish to weaken or abolish the Second Amendment. Their words are clear, “The NRA is weaker than it has been in decades and we need to pass gun control legislation before it regains its strength.”
The NRA is “not as powerful” as it was, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who co-authored a bipartisan background checks bill with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), said in a phone interview with The Hill on Monday.
A former House Homeland Security Committee chairman, King argued that if President Trump tried to push gun control legislation through Congress now, the NRA “won’t be as effective” in stopping him.
Each of us can debate the level of the threat to the Second Amendment and the effectiveness of the NRA. Likewise, we all have the right to decide when and where to donate our precious, hard-earned greenbacks. However, when the opposition is shouting that it needs to strike now, because the NRA is weak and the Second Amendment is vulnerable, it is time to take note. I am not talking about the NRA and its usual doom and gloom plea. I am talking about major gun control group touting the NRA is weak, so the Second Amendment is vulnerable. And for that, we should humble ourselves and look at the consequences of not shoring up our weaknesses before we do lose more of our Second Amendment rights.
I could pick apart the video and Wayne LaPierre’s message. He starts out saying the tragedies are “unspeakable.” The are multiple definitions to the word. I could play with them and point out that a conversation is exactly what we need. We need a national discussion. The anti-gunners are more concerned with the gun used than the murder or murders that were committed. But we also need a leading voice in that national discussion. The NRA does not have to be the leading voice in the discussion, but we do need the NRA’s influence and lobbyist power to protect the Second Amendment before onerous laws are passed that will render the rest of the discussion moot.
Do you support the NRA? If not, which pro Second Amendment group do you support and why? Do you support Universal Background Checks? Why or why not? Share your answers in the comment section.
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