29 November 2010

Should You Renew Your NRA Membership?

Always a good question. My short answer would be yes, but the explanations are complicated AND I can come up with many reasons not to. I love arguing both sides of a debate!

Needless to say, there are many reasons to say yes. True, there are many things I disagree with the NRA on, but they are the 800 pound gorilla in the room on the 2A. Which is why members need to keep their feet to the fire, just as it did in the Harry Reid episode (more farther down in this post).

Other things I agree with. Like the endorsement of Ted Strickland over John Kasich for Ohio governor. It is a single issue group people!!! And the records of these two men are very different when it comes to the Second Amendment. Still, there were those who thought that the NRA only endorsed republicans. It doesn't. It never has. And I am a registered republican, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, The Captain's Journal had a good, albeit short piece yesterday on this very question: Should we renew our NRA memberships? The author of that blog wonders why there were kudos for Harry Reid from LaPierre, though ultimately no NRA endorsement of his re-election to the U.S. Senate. The kudos came because Reid, though he has sheparded anti-gun legislation through the Senate, steered millions of federal dollars for a shooting range in his home state. So they had to say something nice....

Have Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox had their run at the helm? Is it time for new leadership? This is a debate that has been going on for some time.

And shows no sign of abating.

1 comment:

Ran said...

Good questions all.

Seriously, though, I recommend membership in JPFO. Those guys are balls-to-the-wind libertarians on gun rights issues. "Nuance" be damned.

I'm still over-all happy with the NRA, but as you ask, I have to re-think LaPierre and Cox.

Cheers Brent!