May 17, 2019 at 9:37 pm #67740
Defenders of the NRA, even reluctant ones, are quick to utter the “devil you know” defense.
I’m not convinced the “devil we know” is out for anything but its own survival and the perpetuation of its leadership. For a long while now.
Remember, Trump had both houses of Congress for two years and what did we get? Not national reciprocity. Not the Hearing Protection Act. But we did get a plastic-thingy ban.
I think we’ve backed ourselves into many corners because of this “hey, at least they’re better than the alternative” crutch. The poster-child being the GOP itself. Forget about losing battles. We’ll lose the war surely because the people we have entrusted to fight on our behalf aren’t interested in putting themself in harms way.
Beside the lack of political will among NRA leadership there is gross incompetence far deeper than Lapierre’s wardrobe spending habits. NRA marketing and messaging is terrible and costly. Salaries are over $66M a year.
The membership structure ($45 a year or less and them making non-stop, expensive direct mail and phone pleas) is antiquated. Monthly recurring subscription is how the world works now. Just $7/mo x 5 million members is $420M. Current membership revenue is now under $100M.
Creative destruction is the DNA of capitalism. Perhaps it’s time to create something new and discard those institutions that are not 100% committed to the values they profess at election time or in speeches. The NRA would be a good place to start.
It’s time to stop “throwing good money after bad” and reboot the political defense of the 2nd Amendment into a new organization with clear cut, non-apologist principles. A handful of wealthy donors and articulate, principled leadership (people like Rep. Dan Crenshaw) is all that’s needed to start the ball rolling.May 17, 2019 at 10:46 pm #67741
I’ve been a NRA Life Member for decades and haven’t given them a dime since I can’t remember how long. At least twenty years.
GOA is a better organization, but activism alone isn’t enough.
A new group will just muddy the waters IMHO.
People just need to not comply and it’s already happening in most areas.
Show me any recent laws that are working for them?
Here in Florida they bumped the age to buy firearms from dealers to 21, I know of no one under 21 who wants a firearm that can’t get one.
Bumpstocks? Cheap toys that with proper technique I can get the same effect from my finger without them. Heard about anyone turning in or destroying these toys?
Laws and regulations don’t mean much if no one is paying attention to them.
At this point no ones looking to enforce this crap largescale because they aren’t prepared for consequences.
Don’t be a low hanging fruit!May 19, 2019 at 9:26 am #67751
@Joe – I’m in the same boat with the lifetime membership and no follow-on donations. GOA is better on principle but has other problems from what I can gather.
Show me any recent laws that are working for them?
If legislators are permitted to pass unconstitutional law after law, this is not the foundation upon which liberty exists. While noncompliance may suit the individual gun owner – it does so only as long it is tolerated. That day will come – in the form of a suddenly emboldened Governor, Congress or President following a particularly heinous mass shooting. With no powerful national advocacy group, this likelihood only increases.
Look at what’s happening now. The NRA itself has voiced conditional support for a federal Red Flag Law! Republicans in the Senate are currently negotiating to pass a federal RFL or incentivize states to do so – like they did when pushing the drinking age to 21.
RFLs are particularly insidious and egregiously unconst. “Troublesome” citizens can be picked off by gov’t one by one with only the occasional noncompliance incident. Media headline: SHOOT OUT: Police defend against man armed with military arsenal. Two dead.
This will only embolden the anti-gunners… “see how dangerous these people are!”
So to your point – “Don’t be the low hanging fruit”. RFLs this make us all potential low hanging fruit. I’m not saying advocacy will be our savior, but it’s worth investing in while we can.
I would much rather wage war in the political trenches than the rooftop. And I’m not counting on the courts to stop this madness.May 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm #67757
If legislators are permitted to pass unconstitutional law after law…
Which has been happening regularly for the last 119 years, I don’t see it stopping regardless without a major reset. Such a reset will not happen within the system.
That day will come – in the form of a suddenly emboldened Governor, Congress or President following a particularly heinous mass shooting.
Unless some other “black swan” event precedes it, you’re correct.
…like they did when pushing the drinking age to 21.
Which has been an utter failure, never prevented me from drinking.
I wouldn’t choose a rooftop!
I still go through the motions of voting and communicating with my Representatives, but this is only to buy time for those that need it. I am probably as ready as I’ll ever be.
I see no peaceful resolution to our divided nation.
Maybe (hopefully) I am wrong.May 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm #67758
C’mon @Joe, I’ve taken too many classes with Max to really pick a rooftop ;) But you’re right – it’s all just buying time. I just hope patriots are in a position to affect the outcome when the inevitable house of cards comes falling down. You can bet the other side is trying their damndest to make sure we can’t.May 19, 2019 at 5:24 pm #67759May 20, 2019 at 7:52 am #67760JohnnyMacParticipant
One of the biggest crisis with current law is the tolerance of no-knock raids.May 27, 2019 at 12:02 pm #67843grammaParticipant
My two cents, FWIW…
Also a life NRA member here, and my criticism is they’ve allowed mission creep to dilute their effectiveness. They lobby, they educate, they champion candidates… promote/educate on issues…
and in doing so, over-extended their ability to do any one of those things well. Now they’re just another top-heavy institution that doesn’t really listen to their membership. (Looking to perpetuate their own existence, they become just another piece of the bureaucracy.)
They made more sense, and I think did more good, sticking with education. If they still feel the need for public messaging, then by all means enlist John Lott-style statistics that counter the media lies. Tell the stories of people who’ve competently defended themselves – and how long it took LE to respond.
But, by all means, stop all political crap including lobbying immediately. I believe this is going to eat them alive, if they haven’t self-destructed already. It’s one way to deny the gun control freaks an easy weapon; they’re always beating on the NRA, right? So, stop making it easy for them!!
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