Guns and Free Speech
The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment
Colorado --(Ammoland.com)- Washington is ablaze with
news about the NRA’s abandonment of free speech.
Some of you still may not believe the NRA could strike such a gruesome deal with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on the DISCLOSE Act, which is sponsored by the Senate’s most shrill gun-hater, Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
Those of you still not convinced need to view this morning’s Wall Street Journal editorial, which jumped into the fray, decrying the NRA’s sell-out and pointing out that their exemption is not only dangerous but abandons their natural allies.
“Cutting a special deal at the expense of the First Amendment with lawmakers who have decided for now to stop gutting the Second Amendment reveals an NRA that is unprincipled and will be weaker for it in the long run” – Wall Street Journal, 6/16/2010
Or you can check out this story from Roll Call:
“The National Rifle Association is publicly pledging to uphold its end of the bargain with House Democratic leadership over a measure to roll back a controversial Supreme Court decision on political spending.” – Roll Call, 6/15/2010
The NRA response (which can be read here) is somewhat different than you might get on the phone if you call NRA HQ.
Some members are reporting the NRA is responding with “Who, us??” while others report the response as “We oppose DISCLOSE”. But both of these responses are the type you’d expect from politicians, not allies in the fight for freedom (which they aren’t).
But to better arm you in this battle, here is a supply of fact-tipped ammo:Every news source in Washington, and the NRA itself (in the NRA’s own words, linked above) agree that an exemption for the NRA itself (which would not apply to any other gun rights group) will remove their opposition to the DISCLOSE Act. The existence of the exemption, in the form of an amendment to the DISCLOSE Act, is not being debated by anyone, only whether or not this deal with the Democrats serves their members (again, read the alert). Only a few organizations will be exempted, as is the intention. If gun owners do not have the right to free speech, our firearms freedoms are going away… quickly.
How, after all, can we defend the Second Amendment if we’re not allowed to talk to voters, the general public, or even our own members?
How can politicians be held accountable if organizations cannot discuss their votes? That’s the ultimate politician protection device.
Though the NRA can say it’s a one-issue group (just as we are), mark my words: if we get rid of either the First or Second Amendment, the other is sure to follow.
What can you do?
Call the NRA again, as soon as possible, and urge them to kill the DISCLOSE Act, not cut a deal to pass it. Call them at 1-800-672-3888 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-672-3888 end_of_the_skype_highlighting today.
National Association for Gun Rights