I’m not an accountant, a lawyer or tax attorney. So I can’t tell you whether or not The NRA’s brazen shell game with donations: A Yahoo News investigation reveals a major scandal in the National Rifle Association’s fund-raising practices and reporting to the Internal Revenue Service. But it doesn’t look good. At all . . .
““They are coming to take your guns away!’ That was the message from this past weekend’s annual NRA Convention,” Dean Obeidallah [above] writes at dailybeast.com. “In fact, it’s the same message we have heard for years from the NRA. And just as it has been in the past, as it was this weekend, that message is a lie.” Tell that to residents of New York; gun owners forced to sell or transfer their “assault rifles” under the terms of the SAFE Act. OK, the Empire State’s storm troopers didn’t knock on doors and physically remove illegal firearms. Yet. But same diff. Besides, is there any question that gun control proponents want to control Americans’ guns right out of existence? For some, there is . . .
My war was the Cold War. I spent a good chunk of my career helping to develop weapons to counter the communist threat. A portion of our intelligence effort was spent attempting to determine what was going on inside of the Soviet Union, who might succeed whom in the leadership, and what it might mean. The called it Kremlinology. Watching the NRA and trying to determine what is happening in its internal politics is much the same . . .
“Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that would allow residents to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel without a state-issued license,” wreg.com reports. While I’m against off-body carry on principle (safety), the Hospitality State is doing its level best to be hospitable to its residents’ gun rights. The same bill lowers the permit from $100 to $80, and drops the renewal fee from $50 to $40. Yes, I know: we Constitutionalists don’t need no stinkin’ permits! But it enables reciprocity with other states and, besides, when was the last time the government reduced a tax? More good news . . .
Never let it be said that the NRA is a tad slow to react to changing social trends and new technology, like, say, the increasing diversity of America’s gun owners or the introduction of Al Gore’s Internet. Heaven forfend! Meanwhile, America’s oldest civil rights organization has finally updated their Eddie the Eagle gun safety program to catch-up with the latest innovations in 1990’s animation techniques. And it’s . . .
Gun control advocates like to proclaim that the National Rifle Association doesn’t represent gun owners. Or the majority of gun owners. This despite the fact that America’s oldest civil rights organization has at least five million dues-paying members (how many pay dues to MDA, Shannon?). At the same time, the antis like to label the NRA as the leader of the “gun lobby”: an unholy not-to-say secret alliance between the NRA and gunmakers, whose only goal . . .
This weekend is the 2015 Annual Meeting for the National Rifle Association. It might sound stuffy — who likes “meetings” anyway? — but the biggest draw is going to be the trade show in the Music City Center. All of the major firearms manufacturers will be there showing off their guns, and it will be open to the public to browse and enjoy. Naturally TTAG’s finest will be on location to cover the event, and in preparation I tried to do some research into whether concealed carry is OK at the event. I found the info a little murky, so here’s my crack at clearing things up . . .
“Gun control groups are distancing themselves from a failed attempt by the Obama administration to ban certain types of armor-piercing ammunition commonly used in AR-15 hunting rifles,” thehill.com reports, almost getting it right. If you recall, the NRA’s victory lap press release fingered Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America jefe Michael Bloomberg for the M855 ban. Well, kinda. The Bloombergian bit said . . .
The NRA just released the following statement in response to the news that the ATF has dropped their proposed M855 ammo ban:
NRA Forces Obama to Waive White Flag on Proposed Ammo Ban … For Now
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) was instrumental in stalling the Obama Administration’s initial attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. The announcement that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will suspend its proposed framework to ban M855 ammunition validates the NRA’s assertion that this effort was nothing more than a political maneuver to bypass Congress and impose gun control on the American people . . .
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) regularly trawls gun blogs, pro-gun websites and firearms-friendly Facebook pages for ignorant, abusive and threatening comments; fodder to feed their anti-gun agitprop. And they find it. Here’s their latest haul from underneath a post about ex-Congresswoman and current anti-gun crusader Gabrielle Giffords on the NRA’s Facebook page (jpeg above), complete with links to the comment and their authors . . .
Being a life member of the NRA, I enjoy not getting a bill every year for dues. I am hit up now and again for donations to NRA-ILA, and I do donate because they are the 600 lb. gorilla in the room and they do help in the political and legislative arenas. One thing that some of you may not know is another area where the NRA helps…youth shooting programs. This is where the Friends of the NRA comes in. To raise funds, they hold annual dinners where they auction off and raffle prized that have been donated or bought at a discount . . .
It’s great to be here at CPAC again. Are you having a great conference? Are you ready to make a difference for your country and your freedom? Let me hear you!
In November’s elections, we made history. But I know it’s the future that’s on our minds. As Americans, we’re weary. We’re despairing. And we’re sad. Because so much we care about is slipping away . . .