I think the reality is probably close to what Dave Kopel has to say:
The Second Amendment has emerged from the biggest Democratic victory since 1974 with relatively little damage. One reason is that in races all over the country, Democrats returned to their Jefferson-Jackson roots by running candidates who trust the people to bear arms.
But that doesn’t mean we should sit back and relax. Wayne LaPierre has his own take on things:
We must start fighting today … or tomorrow, we’ll start over.
Spread the word to America’s gun owners. If they’ve wandered away from NRA, it’s time to muster. Sign up, recruit, enlist, renew, upgrade, get informed, get involved and get ready for battle again.
Of course Wayne has his own biases. Fear mongering helps his bottom line. But regardless of that what he says is probably good advice for gun owners. The more members the NRA has the more clout they have with the congress critters. The NRA lobbyists can really get a legislators attention by saying something like, “I have two emails already written and ready to send to our five (or seven or ten) million members. One says that you are a good guy and they should all donate $10 to your campaign. The others says you want to take their guns away and they should all donate $20 to your opponent. Maybe they won’t pay attention. Maybe it’s an empty threat but you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”