By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Michael Moore flubs stats on people killed with guns during home invasions,” Politifact reported Wednesday. He got so much wrong, they assigned a “Mostly False” rating on their “Truth-O-Meter,” no small acknowledgment considering a demonstrable “progressive” leaning on guns by the self-designated “fact check” arbiters.
Being unbelievable seems to be a habit with this guy.
Yet it was based on such fabricated nonsense that Moore introduced a delusional proposal to repeal the Second Amendment earlier this month. Go ahead and read through it at the link if you like. I did because I had to for this article, but it’s awful tough to slog through a screed so ignorant it claims the Second Amendment was written “was written before bullets … were even invented.”
Still, it makes it fair to wonder why someone who feels that way would claim to be a life member of the National Rifle Association. It’s not surprising that his purported rationale was also delusional:
“After Columbine, I decided that I would run against Charlton Heston for the presidency of the NRA. If elected, my plan was to try to return the NRA to a gun safety organization, instead of its current agenda of gun fanaticism. The rules said that to run for president, you had to be a member for the past five years or buy a lifetime membership for $750. And that’s what I did.”
Right. He’d have defeated Heston and been handed the keys of fundamental transformation. But it’s interesting he brought up rules, since the Bylaws actually disqualify him from membership.
Association Bylaws, Article III, Sec. 11, “Involuntary Termination of Membership and Disciplinary Proceedings” states in part:
“Any individual or organization member may be suspended or expelled for good cause, including, but not limited to, any conduct which is contrary to, or in violation of the Bylaws of the Association.”
Moore's long-time public anti-gun advocacy is in direct conflict with Article II, Purposes and Objectives, section 1:
“To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms, in order that the people may always be in a position to exercise their legitimate individual rights of self-preservation and defense of family, person, and property, as well as to serve effectively in the appropriate militia for the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberty of its citizens;”
Additionally, Article III, “Membership,” section 1., “Eligibility,” requires that the member “subscribes to the objectives and purposes of the Association.”
The thing is, NRA leadership was apprised of this over 15 years ago. They not only failed to act on a legitimate member inquiry, submitted in accordance with the Bylaws and requiring an investigation, but ignored it and left it unacknowledged.
And that leaves one of two possibilities: Either Moore has been lying all along about his life membership, always a distinct possibility, or someone in authority at NRA deliberately ignored rules that are mandated as binding on all.
And either way, it’s in our interests as gun owner rights advocates to know the truth. Because if they don't boot him out, how can they enforce such rules against anyone?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.