Gun Owners Needs to Stay Focused On The Big Prize
RE: Statement From The NRA On H.R. 5175, The Disclose Act
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- This attempt, once again, by the anti-gun rabble to divide and conquer [gun owners has] almost worked.
In fact, the misunderstanding will have damaged the NRA and the unending fight for our gun rights, because a few gun owners just don't have a clue.
I have seen this over the 15 years that I was a pro-gun activist, including the 9 years that I was on the NRA Board of Directors. At one time I belonged to almost every national gun rights organization and many state and local groups.
I spent a fortune of my own blood, sweat, tears and money in this eternal struggle. In 2005, I could not go on. I was burned out. I just couldn't run for a 4th 3-year term on the board. I was tired of talking to anti-gun rights idiots. I was also somewhat jaded over the occasional conversation with an ostensibly “pro-gun” person, who seemed to have a need to slam the NRA, thereby cutting their own throats.
Having very little knowledge [about the NRA] made them a expert about a very large, complex organization, fighting a very large, complex problem. The NRA, of all pro-gun organizations, is, far and away the most important and successful in fighting the fight.
Part of the reason is that it is the largest (hovering around 4 million members) and, in the division called the Institute For Legislative Action (ILA), it has the lobbyists and the savvy to fight the political fight.
I appreciate the other organizations that I belonged to, and their contribution to the fight. But, we must not fight each other!!
However many gun owners there are in the U.S., there should be that many NRA members. The reason that we gained back a lot of our lost gun rights, since about 1996, is the fact that we are so many.
Forbes, or somebody, has listed the NRA for several years as one of the most influential organizations in the country. Just think what we could do with 80 million members. Nobody would steal our rights from us!! With the $10.00 rebate, annual membership costs $25.00.There is no excuse! David A. Oliver