Jeff links to this article in the November ABA Journal via this piece and asks whether NRA tried to deliberately scuttle Parker. There’s little doubt in my mind that there was an attempt to undermine Parker. There is disagreement as to the wisdom of pursuing relief through the courts. It’s legitimate disagreement. The NRA-bashers offer it up as evidence of trying to scuttle the case to keep gun control alive for fund raising purposes (A silly argument. A loss at the Supreme Court would be far better for fund raising and membership numbers than keeping the DC gun ban), when the real purpose is because losing is a real risk. I’m sure there’s also some ego issues at play, but I think that’s the case on both sides of the coin.
NRA was wrong to try to undermine Parker. The attorneys in the case make a good point that second amendment’s time of reckoning is here, and we probably won’t see a better case under more favorable conditions on the court. Nonetheless, it’s a real risk we’ll lose in the end. If Heller prevails, Levy, Gura and the rest of his team will be everyone’s hero. If not, we’re all going to have to eat crow and tell the Parker detractors they were right.