Not a left-right issue

I generally ignore stuff like this, but Jeff Knox‘s comment in this New York Times article is spot-on:

“… Last September, the National Rifle Association’s famously combative spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, provoked widespread outrage when she took to the gun group’s streaming service to mock ethnic diversity on the popular children’s program “Thomas & Friends,” portraying the show’s talking trains in Ku Klux Klan hoods. Now, growing unease over the site’s inflammatory rhetoric, and whether it has strayed too far from the N.R.A.’s core gun-rights mission, has put its future in doubt … Ms. Loesch has emerged as NRATV’s most visible host, deriding gun-control advocates as “tragedy-dry-humping whores” and vowing to combat the left with what she called the “clenched fist of truth” … Grant Stinchfield, a host, claimed that “all radicalized terrorists are Muslims,” overlooking mass shooters like Dylann Roof, who killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015. Such far-ranging commentary has raised questions among some N.R.A. members about the scope of the organization’s messaging. “The N.R.A. shouldn’t be putting this out,” said Jeff Knox, an N.R.A. member who runs the Firearms Coalition, a smaller advocacy organization. “It’s not gun rights; it’s red meat for the hard right.” … “Why are we getting so involved in left-right politics instead of sticking close to our issue, the Second Amendment?” the younger Mr. Knox asked….”

Jeff is correct.

One of the best things NRA did was hiring Cam Edwards to host NRA News.  He presents a positive face of the organization to the public.  Loesch and Stinchfield do the exact opposite.  They are an embarrassment.  I am a big supporter of confrontational politics, but that is not synonymous with being an asshole.

Help Tony with petitions

I am a big fan of Gun For Hire’s podcast.

Host Anthony Colandro needs help to petition his way on to the 2019 NRA Directors ballot.

Members for 5+ consecutive years and all Life members are eligible to sign the petition.  Print off a copy of the petition and get it back to him ASAP.  I signed it and so should you.

 

Time to collect

The Donald and Mike Pence both spoke at the NRA convention giving good, red meat speeches.

During Sen. John Cornyn’s address he mentioned that he is the Senate sponsor of the reciprocity bill S.446, which has been sitting quietly since it’s introduction last year.  The only recent action has been the addition of newly elected Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith as the 40th co-sponsor.

This proposal has been floating around for more than 20 years.  There is nothing left to discuss about it.  It is time for NRA to give Trump and Mitch McConnell an ultimatum: Bring S.446 to the floor for a straight up or down vote or don’t come around asking for handouts this November.  Whether it passes or not there needs to be a recorded vote on the bill.  Republicans owe NRA big time and with NRA’s membership approaching 6 million it is time to collect.

Newsbits

Wednesday’s Newsbits:

Regret

I’m thinking NRA is starting to regret their endorsement of The Donald:

They seem to be taking this seriously as NRA is doing robocalls asking for calls to Chuck Schumer’s office to prevent a Diane Feinstein bill from moving.

Mosley & NRA

A belated followup to Assemblyman Walter Mosely joining the NRA. He was on BRIC TV last month talking about it:

Membership Soars In Wake of SAFE Act

#1

NYSRPA is now the largest State Affiliate of the NRA, topping the TSRA at #2 and CRPA at #3.

Colandro for NRA Board

Anthony Colandro is running for the NRA Board of Directors.  He’s the host of Gun for Hire Radio in New Jersey.  He deserves the support of voting NRA members.

Learning experience

Buzzfeed has an excellent article on why the GOP blew the election, “A New Republican Generation Gets Ready To Take Over.”  NRA should take note of it as well because their “All In” campaign sucked ass.

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