Fortunately, for the gun rights movement, the strength of the NRA is not only in its leadership but in its members. Its members will not abandon the fight to protect Second Amendment rights.
August 6, 2020
Is New York’s Attack on the NRA Meant To Punish the Gun Rights Cause for Executive Malfeasance?
[It’s even possible that if the New York AG succeeds what comes back in place of the NRA will be a stronger and more effective fighter for gun owner rights than the NRA.
As hostile as it sometimes is to gun owners I know long time gun rights advocates have told me there were times the ATF was vulnerable enough to be abolished. But the good guys preferred they be kept in a weakened and relatively ineffective state than have the existing laws enforced by a strong and well regarded agency like the FBI (this was nearly 20 years ago).
If the NRA is taken down our side will have recourses that would have gone to the NRA and the memory of a martyr killed by our enemies.
Perhaps the anti-gun people should be careful what they wish for.—Joe]
The NRA has abandoned its tenuous support for the #2A with their embracing of bump stock bans and red flag laws, and their egregious spending by certain executives. I am no longer a member as of April. If LaPierre, Cox and their cronies are removed from power it is possible that the NRA might arise like the mythical Phoenix. If not, other groups like GOA, NAGR, SAF and CCRKBA will fill the void. And frankly local and state groups will step up as well.
LaPierre pretty well brought this upon himself and the NRA over the past decade. He has become his own worst enemy.
Chris Cox was pushed out in June of 2019.
I believe that one of the organizations you mention will rise to take up the cause. And they will do this without the historical burdens the NRA could not forego, like teaching marksmanship and selling jackets and pocket knives and such. It will be all and only NRA-ILA.
The anti-liberty Reds will go from fighting an elephant in the room that wants to be a big Washington lobbying and hobbyist training group to fighting a group that has one and only one goal for every dollar it collects and spends.
I’ve had a very similar thought, that the elimination of the NRA would create a vacuum, which would more than likely be filled by much organizations which are much les inclined to “compromise” and as a bonus would (hopefully) operate on tighter budgets and leaner organizations.
Never interrupt your enemy while they are making a mistake.
Always good advice. As one of our expert witnesses once said, “Don’t give your opponent bullets when he’s carrying an empty gun.”
Much has changed since then.
That’s a good point. Now that the FBI is an agency full of partisan goofs with slipshod work products (no longer an unreasonable perception), there really is no argument left for keeping the BATFE.
Take technical branch, and move it Dept of Defense. Their remit is to accurately describe and classify weapons of all kinds in order to accurately facilitate the purchasing of such weapons by the entire Federal government. Secondarily, this classification system is to be used for legally precise definitive descriptions without any emotional baggage.
The background check process can stick with NICS. If there is some legally mandated thing that ’34 NFA requires that isn’t done as part of NICS, put a checkbox on the 4473 so they know to start doing that thing, too. Get a reference number for the complete background check because…
Until the ’34 NFA is repealed or superseded, move the Tax Stamp function to the IRS. For NFA items, NICS sends a approved background check reference number over to IRS. IRS contacts the FFL (or private seller) to get their piece of the action (check or online payment). Once the money hits the IRS’s account, the transfer may be completed. If this necessarily takes longer than 15 minute from start to finish, I’m sure the IRS will find ways to more efficiently get that money.
Everything else related to criminal activity just becomes another FBI investigative matter with relevant subject matter experts.
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