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Gun Owners of America Stands Up Where NRA Cowers Down

There are over 5 million members of the of NRA.  That is a good amount of folk.  But they are not the majority of gun owners and there is a reason that those who are not members call the NRA, the Negotiate Rights Away group.

The most recent example of this playing out is the NRA’s knee jerk reaction to the Las Vegas shooting by coming out, metaphorically locking arms with the gun controllers of Washington DC, and calling for more regulation on bump stocks.  The NRA released this statement:

“The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.  The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

The NRA seems to get skittish about keeping what they have that they have often times compromised on the 2nd Amendment that caused long lasting damage.  For instance, giving former Senator Harry Reid an A rating in 2010 and ENDORSING him for reelection.

The NRA supported the National Firearms act of 1934.

The NRA supported the original Brady Bill.

The NRA supported the NICS improvement act of 2007.  Here’s a quote from Senator Chuck Schumer on September 26, 2007: “When the NRA and Chuck Schumer agree, that tells you it’s something worth doing.” I contend it means the exact opposite.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  The NRA has often times let the truth slip.

Hell, the NRA’s own Executive Vice President, Franklin L. Orth, said the following in the NRA’s own American Rifleman magazine back in 1968:

“The National Rifle Association has been in support of workable, enforceable gun control legislation since its very inception in 1871.”

If you can find a copy, feel free to go to page 22 and read it for yourself.

So it should come as no surprise that in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting that the NRA is again marching to the gun controllers tune.  Taken in the best possible light one may say that the NRA is trying to stop major infringements on the 2nd Amendment by supporting minor ones to satiate the mouth drooling gun control zealots.

What the NRA has long failed to realize is that the gun control gestapo is in it for the long game.  That they are willing to exploit any tragedy and offer up a wish list of infringements that have nothing to do with and wouldn’t have stopped said tragedy to begin with.  The NRA thinks it is being clever by compromising away a little to save a lot.

I say the NRA is complicit in killing the 2nd Amendment by a thousand shallow cuts.

Fortunately for those of us who love the 2nd Amendment and understand what it is for, something good came from the leadership of Fraklin Orth and the direction of the NRA publicly espoused in the 1960’s and 70’s.  The great schism that led the Gun Owners of America’s founder, H. L. Richardson to break away from the ever compromising NRA and to form the GOA, of whom former Congressman Ron Paul called: “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.” 

Because truly, if something is as vital, if something is as important and is as crucial to freedom and liberty as the 2nd Amendment is I ask: “How can you ever compromise on it?” 

Gun Owners of America also doesn’t mince words.  I reached out to GOA’s Director of Communications, Jordan Stein and he got back to me with this statement:

“Gun Owners of America opposes a ban on bump stocks. Bump stocks were approved by the ATF during the Obama administration to help gun owners with disabilities fire their weapons.  Any type of ban will be ignored by criminals and only serve to disarm honest citizens.  Perhaps that’s why 91 percent of police believe a so-called “assault weapons” ban will have no effect or a negative effect on crime.  And given that 95 percent of cops think that a ban on large capacity magazines would be ineffective in reducing violent crime, it’s hard to imagine they would regard bump stocks any differently.

It’s sad to see some Republicans quickly call for a vote on gun control, while delaying a vote on concealed carry reciprocity, H.R. 38. This is bipartisan legislation which will protect concealed carriers while they travel and which has been cosponsored by 212 law makers. If law makers want a vote on bump stocks, they should vote on reciprocity as well.” 

There is a lot of power packed in that statement.

First of all, why do gun controllers and the NRA want to make it more difficult for people with disabilities to exercise their rights? Seems a bit prejudice to me to single out people with disabilities and say they don’t deserve the right to keep and bear arms.

And if making a law prohibiting bump stocks is going to work, why not just make a law prohibiting mass shootings or murder in general?  Ah yes, because criminals aren’t going to listen in the first place so you are only harming the law abiding.

If your representative in Congress is willing to compromise on the 2nd Amendment by supporting a bump stock ban, what aren’t they going to compromise on.

I am reminded of a story of Winston Churchill and a socialite that goes something like this:

Churchill: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?”

Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course… “

Churchill: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?”

Socialite: “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!”

Churchill: “Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”

If your representative is willing to compromise themselves are they so much different than the socialite in the story?

I would recommend that you join the over 1.5 million Gun Owner of America members who have had enough compromise and are drawing the line in the sand.  The 2nd Amendment Shall Not Be Infringed needs to mean something or else it means nothing.

Otherwise you’re just haggling over price.

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