I attended the monthly meeting for the gun club tonight, and now am working on the fallout from HR2640.Â Â The NRA is doing it’s usual bang up job of communicating exactly nothing to it’s clubs and members in regards to the nature of the deal, and as such, our Legislative chairman is getting all of his news from GOA and the Brady’s, which as I’ve detailed here, has been quite misleading.
Our club is a 100% NRA club, which means you need to be a member of the NRA to join, and continue your membership with the NRA to continue your membership with the club.Â Our club has about 1100 members, which amounts to quite a lot of money if NRA were to lose a club of that size. Â Granted, it would be their own fault, because they, one, cut a deal with the devil which was bound to be controversial no matter how many positive things we got in return, and two, haven’t been working hard to make sure the message gets out there.
I’m going to do what I can do to repair this damage, but the problem is, I don’t know anybody who can help. Â Bitter might, and I’m pursuing some of those channels, but this could be a hard thing to fix, and I very well might be on my own here.Â As a new member of the club, who doesn’t really know anyone, I’m not entirely comfortable at starting a huge political fight within the club over the 100% NRA program.
I think the Brady Campaign may have outsmarted us on this one.Â If the cost of this deal is a divided pro-gun community, and a weakened NRA, it will have amounted to a giant victory for the gun control movement. Â Whether people like them or not, the NRA is the 800lb gorilla on the gun issue in Washington, and the politicians don’t know much about the other pro-gun organizations, and don’t much care.Â Much of the gun control movement may be on the ropes, but we will be too if we end up divided, and have a weak NRA representing us in Washington.Â That’s the political reality.