NRA Putting GOP Establishment Over Gun Owners At 2015 Annual Meeting

By Bluegrass Bruce

2015 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum LineUp
2015 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum LineUp
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Kentucky – -(Ammoland.com)- The list of politicians appearing at the 2015 NRA annual meeting this weekend illustrates how the NRA has ceased being a gun rights group and has become little more than a puppet organization for the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday will include a number of political insiders with questionable records on guns, like Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal. Truly pro-freedom legislators like Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Utah Senator Mike Lee were not invited.

This comes after an election year where the NRA endorsed several establishment types (like Mitch McConnell and Thad Cochran) over conservatives with stronger records on guns, before going on to pour millions into barely contested Senate races while leaving Washington state gun owners out to dry.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the most head-scratching speaker at the forum. In addition to supporting universal background checks on all gun purchases, he is also the poster child for Republican support of immigration amnesty. As David Codrea has smartly pointed out, amnesty is a critical issue for gun owners because it would introduce millions of anti-gun voters to the electorate.

Another speaker is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who signed a law last year allowing the state to seize firearms from people accused of domestic abuse, calling it “one more big step toward trying to make sure that for every gun you take away, it’s that much better for (a victim, their) family and friends and loved ones who care about that person.”

Also speaking is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who signed a confiscatory law in 2013 allowing state officials to share mental health records with to the federally administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for firearms purchases. History shows that laws like this are ripe for abuse by the government, which uses them to target average citizens in addition to the dangerously mentally ill.

Meanwhile, Gun Owners of America A+ rated Rand Paul, who vowed to filibuster all gun control legislation in 2013, and Sen. Mike Lee, who last month introduced a ban on all federal gun control, were left off the guest list.

Instead of giving career politicians a platform to pay lip service to gun rights, the NRA should be boosting leaders who actually make gun owners a priority.

About Bluegrass Bruce
Bluegrass Bruce is a hunter, political blogger, and UK basketball fan from Kentucky. His opinions on gun rights and politics are posted on “Bluegrass Bruce” and shared on websites and blogs across the United States. Visit: www.bluegrassbruce.blogspot.com

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    TEX
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    TEX

    I canceled my NRA membership in ’13 ! The NRA has been working with the gun-grabbers behind closed doors since Sandy Hook.

    Don in LA
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    Don in LA

    I know I see LaPiere sneaking into the Whitehouse for his secret meetings with Obama!

    Eric
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    Eric

    There are party exceptions on both sides of the party system . Too bad the TEA party is too liberal for me. People would hate me in office , get a job ,stfu , protect yourself, take the hand that steals, welfare ends after 3 years. Take care of yourself man has been doing that for 4 million years (according to dating Little Foot) . With welfare paying better than low wage jobs our economic system is broke and bankrupt.

    Don in LA
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    Don in LA

    This is just some libertarian blogger using a gun site to push his views. People like this man helped elect Obama the last two cycles. The DEMAND for 2nd amendment purity and 100% compliance to those view kept many gun owners home on election day. Giving a clear field to Obama. One of the men invited will likely face Hillary in 2016, I’d choose any of these men over her. Some however will demand a pure record on guns and if their candidate does not win the nomination they will sit home again. This will hand the election to the… Read more »

    Auslander
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    Auslander

    As an endowment member of the NRA, I’m not happy with the fact that Rand Paul and Mike Lee weren’t invited. No smaller organization has the clout and lobbying power. The NRA was in the fight long before NAGR and some of these other groups came around. I do have great respect for Larry Pratt and his organization. While the NRA isn’t perfect its still far and away the best for protecting our 2ns amendment rights.

    Ed
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    Ed

    Yep. See above post.

    John
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    John

    i like my Second Amendmend without the sides. Personally I think GOA and NRA Re guilty of conflating their efforts with conservative (or Republican) organizations.

    Ed
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    Ed

    NRA yep, GOA nope, at least in my experience. I get alerts on pretty much everything gun related in the courts and legislatures, complete with links that make it very easy to express myself to the parties responsible. NAGR also contacts me frequently, pretty much to beg for money, but I don’t see them actually doing much else. For me, GOA delivers the most bang for the buck.

    Dave Skinner
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    Dave Skinner

    You forgot something else critical.
    Jeb Bush just resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ board of directors. Go ahead, look it up.