Dissent Aside, NRA 2018 Board Candidates Ignore Greatest Threat to ‘Gun Rights’

Can it make a difference without first acknowledging an existential threat exists?

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- It’s that time of year again when voting National Rifle Association members can cast their votes for a third of the Board of Directors. If this year is anything like years past, eligible members (those having five years of continuous membership and those who are Life Members or higher) will vote in the single digits, the Nominating Committee slate will carry the day, and Wayne LaPierre will once more secure a rubber stamp board.

AmmoLand has been posting articles about candidates to let us know who is running and what their qualifications are. Some are Nominating Committee picks and others are running after obtaining member signatures on petitions.

I’ll state up front I don’t have a dog in this fight. That’s because I only endorse candidates who unequivocally and correctly answer my Board of Directors questionnaire. No one is talking about the greatest threat to “gun rights” — a “pathway to citizenship” for alien populations that by all objective measures are “anti-gun.”

That said, a recent article characterizing the “new blood” as “the enemy within” by former NRA President Marion P. Hammer is uncalled for, obnoxious and flat-out wrong. To accuse them of wanting “to disrupt NRA, our mission and our cause” and to call their character and motives into question is inexcusable and indefensible. Based on comments under her swamp screed, most readers aren’t falling for it.

While I’m not endorsing any candidate (yet), I have no reason to doubt the sincerity and desire to help advance the right to keep and bear arms of any of the petition candidates. I’d be surprised if most of them aren’t fine people who genuinely want to defend the Second Amendment. I’d even presume many would provide satisfactory answers to most of my questionnaire. But there is one question – the most vital, as far as I’m concerned – that I have not seen any candidate even acknowledge, let alone comprehensively address:

Do you agree that politicians should be held accountable in their NRA grades for immigration actions that undermine the Second Amendment? If “No,” provide credible and testable evidence – not anecdotes and not just opinions — to show that will not happen.

A “pathway to citizenship” will cancel your vote.

It’s relevant because such populations favor gun restrictions by an overwhelming (71% to 25%) margin, and this is also proven in the real world by the California experience. Further, after over 20 years the needle barely moves to the right, so the “assimilation” argument has had decades to work and hasn’t, despite “welcoming” moves up to and including “progressives” creating so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Here’s a challenge for anyone who wants to tell us otherwise: Audit all credible polls against experience in places like California and then produce credible data – not isolated examples, but something that can be independently validated – demonstrating that “amnesty” and a “pathway to citizenship” for millions of foreign nationals in this country illegally (and legally, with current culturally suicidal policies) will not overwhelmingly favor Democrats and anti-gunners. Show your sources and methodologies for determining this will not result in supermajorities in state and federal legislatures that will then be able to pass all kinds of anti-gun edicts. Show how this will not result in confirmations of judges to the Supreme and federal courts who will uphold those edicts and reverse gains made to date.

Democrats recognize the advantage. So does Michael Bloomberg (who has partnered with one prominent candidate endorsed by the Nominating Committee and Hammer).

Why can’t “we” recognize it?

This is not (contrary to what those behind the cultural terraforming would have you believe) “xenophobic” or worse. They do that to make people afraid to be called “racists” if they even bring it up. What they won't tell you is, immigration law protecting national identity and interests is basically the same policy enacted and administered by the government of Mexico. As they should.

This is something NRA management has refused to acknowledge, enabled by “pragmatic” defenders who fall back on the “single issue” deferral while avoiding questions they can’t and won’t answer. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be refreshing to see at least one petition candidate prove he or she really is different from the status quo, and ready to do more than rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic.

About David Codrea: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.

  • 31 thoughts on “Dissent Aside, NRA 2018 Board Candidates Ignore Greatest Threat to ‘Gun Rights’

    1. After a good amount of thought, and a timely reminder from Jeff Knox’ column in the March 2018 issue of Firearms News, my NRA Board of Director ballot went into the mail today with one name bubbled in on the front — Adam Kraut, and another written in on the back — David Codrea.

    2. David, thank you for speaking the truth.

      It pains me to sickness with what is happening on the NRA Board and until it changes this Patron level member will never give another dime to the NRA.

      I will continue to vote in the NRA Board elections just as I do in the elections of this Republic but time is drawing very close to where voting in either election will not be seen as a solution to saving either. Their faith are linked.

    3. RKBA does not depend on the configuration of the courts, who’s in Congress or who got elected president. It depends on us retaining our determination to kill anyone who confiscates arms, and a corresponding fear in the ruling class they will end up dead if they try it.

      There probably will be a revolution or civil war at some point, due to an economic crash through debt burden. When that happens, confiscations will start also. When they do, our response will be what matters – not who is in the Supreme Court. It’s all on us personally, not some external agency.

      1. “RKBA does not depend on the configuration of the courts, who’s in Congress or who got elected president.”

        True, but I’d rather not have to find out whether or not sufficient numbers of gun owners will be sufficiently motivated to defend the RKBA by taking up arms against what would arguably be the legitimate government of the republic. I would HOPE that if outright confiscations start (outside of Kali that is) sufficient numbers of gun owners would refuse to comply as to turn things around – but I’d really rather not see it happening.

        Look. In a purely practical sense, the actual practice of keeping and bearing arms DOES, indeed, “depend on the configuration of the courts, who’s in Congress or who got elected president.” If Hildamort had somehow gotten access to the WH, I figure that her replacement for Justice Scalia would likely have made Ruth Bader Ginsburg look like a moderate. What with the RINOS in both houses, I suspect that we would already be seeing the government rushing headlong towards the complete and utter abrogation of most if not all the 1st 8 amendments – not the least of which being the 2nd. I expect we would have seen more than a few congresspersons to whom the NRA had given high marks joining in with the likes of Pelosi, Schumer, Feinstein et al to utterly gut the 2nd A. The election of “The Donald” has at least kicked THAT can forward to post-2020 and hopefully post-2024.

        Are you so very eager to see my children and grandchildren (and other people’s) trying to survive the end of the republic or possibly even TEOTWAWKI? Because I for sure am not!

    4. @Pincus… Seriously?! Look at the (legal and illegal) immigration numbers in California for the past 50 years. Look at the “evolution” of California gun laws over the past 50 years. True, “correlation is not causation”, but it doesn’t take a Nobel laureate statistician to see (look at who’s been elected to the state legislature and the “characteristics” of the voters who elected them) that there is an obvious causality involved.

      For you to assert that such a factor “might, two or three steps later, maybe, if this or that affect gun rights” is patently absurd, not just wrong. Please tell us what the future gun laws in California will look like “two or three steps later, maybe, if this or that happens”.

      Also, you COULD just answer Codrea’s challenge and provide evidence that he is wrong, rather than simply making unsupported assertions. We’re waiting.

    5. The NRA needs to fight for Gun Rights, not Social Conservative Issues that might, two or three steps later, maybe, if this or that affect gun rights.

      We do Agree that Marion Hammer’s piece was obnoxious and wrong, which is nice. 🙂

      1. @Rob Pincus,

        I’m a member of PDN and I enjoy your company and site very much, because the instructional videos provide detailed step-by-step, how to information in order to improve my skill sets, both mentally and technically.

        It is the step-by-step methodologies, alongside your using logic and facts to support each of those steps, in a real-world sense that makes your instructional videos so valuable and very much worth watching.

        How then can you disregard your own Paradigm for instruction, when it comes to the issues David Codrea has raised: specifically, the direct linkage between illegal aliens in our country and the anti-gun movement which will use them and has used them?

        Your attempts to utterly disenfranchise the the argument David has made by disconnecting the facts he Illustrated so very clearly in California, as a primary example of what will take place, because in California they have taken place, and thus will take place in the rest of the nation, are just the opposite thought process of your instructional videos on your website.

        The thought processes, actions, and underlying facts in your instructional videos are something you should continue to use in this instance, concerning this subject matter, illegal aliens in America and their political impact on our 2nd Amendment gun rights!

        I urge you to step back from your single issue view of the trouble which is facing Us in very real world terms!

        We Are faced with multiple enemies, on multiple fronts and their numbers are growing by the day! Unless you want to see America turned into Mexico, with their murder rates, their crime rates, their cultural disarray, their oppressive and la Mordida mindset, then I urge you to step up and rexamine what David Codrea has written!

        Cheers from the middle of nowhere Wyoming.

      2. It’s not two or three steps later, and it is not “might.” Amnesty would immediately create millions of new Dem voters overnight. The latest estimate is over 20 million illegals are in the nation. They show up in every single poll and in every election voting overwhelmingly for gun banning politicians. Just a fraction of those 20 million would have changed the election results for 2016 into hillary winning – not to mention a dem senate and possibly even the House.

        California is a perfect example. How did the state go from voting for reagan and nixon to being a 30 point dem state every four years? How did it go from having good laws to some of the worst in the nation?

        One word: immigration.

        Do you also think a ban on political speech is unrelated to gun rights since it isnt a direct gun control law? The NRA did not a few years ago when it took such a campaign finance law to court. They recognized that other issues and laws directly influence and affect gun laws. So do we.

    6. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here, we are headed for a knockdown, drag-out, blood to your knees Civil War in the US.

      There is literally no other solution.

      The reason there is no other solution is because there is no room for compromise, the anti-gunners will accept nothing less than utter confiscation and banning of all weapons in private hands,.

      This is the cold, hard, reality which everyone must face, because there is no longer a path for political solutions.

      Should you doubt my dire point of view, you need look no farther than the current economic debate concerning fiscal issues in the US Congress.

      There is not a single Democrat who will vote for a fiscally responsible budget, even when it means helping to viscerally hurt the US Military, people on Social Security checks: in short, the very poor whom they attempt to siphon votes from, by bribing them with public money.

      There is no way out people except bloody conflict.

      1. you are correct,Sir. these people sold out to a foreign agenda to do all you say. they openly say it. In Brussels, the EU HAS AN AGENDA IT HAS BEEN WORKING ON SINCE THE 1930s. because of the rise of Nationalism, they are rabid to ruin what they can not control. we need to start in our educational systems to rid the traitors who teach our young that agenda. then the treasonous politicians and Judges. I do not see a peaceful way to stop them, so we need to take them out like bad teeth.

      2. @JRB and dg, Now would be the time for a “drag-out, blood to your knees Civil War in the US.” because Trump is in charge. The progressive/socialist/liberals would be the mutineers. The federal government would use its logistical power against them.

        1. @WB,

          They don’t need to start a civil war, they have the numbers on their side with the illegal aliens coming into the country every day, quite literally every Democrat in Congress, and about 95 to 98% of Democrats in the country who hold local offices.

          They have the entirety of Academia except for a few handfuls of conservative Pockets here and there.

          The Democrats they do not have, are the decent chunk, about 20% to 30% of the actual Democrat plebiscite, who voted for Trump.

          That’s why the social progressives can simply sit back and wait us out, they do not have a need to take up arms and do this forcibly, when they are having such success in the courts, their governorships, and Academia.

          They have one-party rule in the most populated state in the entire country, California. They have one-party rule in Hawaii. They have one-party rule in the state of New York for all intents and purposes.

          This is the Paradigm which they wish to spread to the rest of the country, and the vehicle for that transmission is illegal aliens!

          Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Palmieri, said exactly that in a memo she wrote, which was leaked to the Press. This is how we know what their strategy is, and how they intend to take permanent control of both the federal government and the state governments.

          You have an utterly superb cognitive grasp of case law and the legal rationales 4 case law.

          I do not care about case law, because it is indirect contravention to the Constitution of the United States in more cases than not. Case law is the set of chains that have been placed upon us by activist socialist lawyers, judges, and politicians.

          Socialist bureaucrats in all of the federal agencies, and the state agencies, use the same methodology of de facto power to implement their policies, more often than not circumventing dejure constitutional facts.

          This is why you can have two sitting Supreme Court Justices engage on cases from which they should have recused themselves, as any other federal judge would have done, because of conflicts of interest, yet they did not and there was no condemnation of them for not recusing themselves.

          From Ruby Ridge, to Waco, to Elian Gonzalez, 2 Fast and Furious, to ignoring Congressional contempt citations by cabinet level officers, 2 targeting by the IRS of political opponents, the list goes on and nothing, absolutely nothing, has been done to the criminals involved in all of these instances.

          This is why I stipulate, that the rule of law at the federal level, for federal employees, does not exist.

          Federal agents can murder at will, and not be held accountable for their actions. Federal agents can strip constitutional rights from Americans, and not be held accountable for their actions.

          What would put an average American citizen in prison for decades, does not touch Federal bureaucrats, Federal political appointees, or federal law enforcement agents. Point of fact, the federal agents and bureaucrats get promoted, they get raises, their benefits packages are increased, and their pension benefits Skyrocket after they murder innocent people, strip them of their rights, and act in the manner of nothing less than jack-booted thugs.

          This is what we are facing right now, at this present juncture in our nation’s history. Coupled with what the Democrats are doing, we have Rino Republicans helping them along.

          The Rinos are the Neo versions Benedict Arnold, acting and looking at some point is if they are bona fide patriotic Americans, while most of the time working to undermine the Constitution, the rule of law, and common sense.

          I hope this helps clarify not only my own views, with the real-world situation on the ground is it were, facing us all. It ain’t looking good boss, it ain’t looking good.

    7. Tionico, eliminating yourself from those with the ability to affect the very changes you speak of is, in fact, aiding those with whom you disagree. So, did you refuse to vote for a conservative candidate for any political office until the liberal socialists are voted out? That is analogous to you stating that you will not support the NRA until changes are voted in, yet your vote and involvement is REQUIRED TO MAKE THE CHANGES. You are a major part of the problem. Get out of the wheelbarrow and help push – you’ve had a free ride long enough!

      1. JDL,

        So tell the readers here how much better your life is for having voted ? Paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin….”Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb deciding what is for dinner.”

        The Republic is LONGGGGG DEAD. And along with it trust in the electoral process. Just look at the voting records of treasonous “CON-servative” scum like Flake, Graham, McCain, Snowe and a wealth of others deserving of a short rope and a tall tree.

      2. @JDL, We have a flock of wild Cardinals. They are identical in their coat, needs, and activities. Some are younger. Some older. Some male. Some female. But they all have similar goals. We put out plenty of food for them, yet they are always scrapping with each other. Are we no smarter than a flock of wilds?

        1. WB,

          I see you are trolling again. Do you do anything besides making ridiculous remarks at Ammoland ? Your constant barrage of remarks are meaningless. You make comments with no substance.

          You are pitiful.

          1. @DANII, Yet, here we meet. Me with good humor, brotherhood, a knowledge of the Constitution, and FM 100-5. And you with dudgeon.
            If you do not understand the analogy, just say so, rather than fitting the profile.

    8. wHAH THERE!!!!
      Michael Bloomberg (who has partnered with one prominent candidate endorsed by the Nominating Committee and Hammer).
      If this is true, then Bloomie hs inflitrated the very organisation touted as being his arch-enemy, as he is unequivocally opposed to anyone but his bodyguards and government goons having guns. S while Hizzonner feeds and promotes the wretfhed harridans of the Mad Mommies Movement (pun intended) on the one hand, his flithy lucre now supports a candidate for the board of the one organisation touted as his nemesis.

      Next question: are George Soros, or the kinyun, or the CLintons He or She also supporting or promoting any of the board candidates? If so, the NRA may well be so utterly compromised it is gone. Taling about surrendering the keys to the kingdom to your arch enemy……..

      Its been some years since I’ve paid anything to the NRA….. and they’ve only got worse in the interim. The board will have to be unpacked and repacked before I’ll even consider rejoining. I’d rather invest what few sheckels I have available in ammunition. It is looking more likely to be useful than NRA board members in guarding our freedoms.

      1. @Tio N, Who is the person that Michael Bloomberg has partnered with and is a candidate endorsed by the Nominating Committee and Hammer?
        @Marion H, I am so disappointed with you.

    9. people fail to see the enemy in plain sight. Brussels, the EU. THAT AGENDA HAS WORKED ITS WAY INTO ALL COUNTRIES. it has been festering right next to all the American educational institutions and political parties, even our Presidents, as advisers since 1936. disarming, open borders mixing the people with foreign religions and poorer races. it is all the same agenda. the EU Agenda.

    10. Does Marion Hammer consider me the “Enemy Within”?

      Yes, yes she does.

      As a Floridian and Tallahassee resident I was in the process of running for the Board via petition and she very much considered me the enemy.

      I ended my campaign due to family health issues. It would not be fair for me to be on the board if I won and not be there doing what I said I’d do. Why? Because my attention would be directed at my wife and the issues we were facing at the time and still are. So I ended my campaign.

      But prior to that, during my campaign she very much considered me the enemy.

    11. And this is exactly what WE ‘ immigration patriots ‘, and ‘ gun rights movement ‘ now named lower class citizens here in californicate are or attempting to achieve. But, as can see and read, we aren’t faring to well!

      1. WE have Trump, we have the MSM dying, we have voters angry, we have leftists trying to spin impossible lies, we have a curt that is about to be stacked and the mid terms that will be a massive victory for us. Play the long game, do not let the bastards get you down.

    12. It’s simply because it’s the modus operandi of the Globalists, they leverage power over a population of immigrants and citizens. The 9th Circuit Court’s most liberal judge and his wife are Globalists working towards a new world order. After all it worked out well for the Roman Empire..

    13. Thank you for pointing out the elephant in the room. I get accused of nasty things every time I mention it, which is amusing since I’m 1st generation American – LAWFULLY. I hope you’ll publish the results of your survey, and that people will read it.
      The problem here is like the one that Connery pointed out in the Untouchables, They bring a gun, we bring a marshmallow.

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