“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 . . .
“In the wake of the shooting of 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the National Rifle Association [NRA] quickly began combating calls for stricter gun laws by working to convince Americans that gun control measures would have supposedly disastrous effects.” Remove the word “supposedly” from that sentence and I’m good with Kira Lerner’s lead to her thinkprogress.com story NRA’s Revenue Has Skyrocketed Since The Sandy Hook Massacre. I’m also good with the additional revenue: a $100 million jump in annual income. Given that it’s all voluntary contributions, what’s Lerner’s beef? I bet you can guess. First, her summary of the org’s IRS Form 990 . . .
In December, a Federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency could not regulate lead ammunition used by hunters. A flock of 101 environmental pressure and advocacy group had sued the EPA in an attempt to force them to ban lead ammo lest the furry little creatures of the forest and the dell eat it. “‘We agree with EPA that it lacks statutory authority to regulate the type of spent bullets and shot identified in the environmental groups’ petition,’ Judge David Tatel wrote for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.” But the NRA-ILA doesn’t want to leave the matter to the vagaries of the judicial process . . .
The NRA are famous for being a gigantic stick-in-the-mud when it comes to new technology and ideas. The organization banned all silencers from its annual meeting and convention for decades, before finally relenting and letting them in around five years ago. That fuddy-duddy nature can be clearly seen even in their corporate portraits, where everyopne is holding either a break action shotgun or a bolt action rifle except for Ted Nugent’s zebra striped AR-15. The NRA has been co-branding with rifle manufacturers for ages, but never before have they put their logo on an AR-15 rifle. Until now.
“Daniel Howard Simpson (born July 9, 1939 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a former United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic (1990–92),” wikipedia.org informs us. “[He was the] Special Envoy to Somalia and the United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1995–98), as well as undertaking other overseas assignments in Burundi, South Africa, Zaire (on three separate occasions), Iceland, Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also served as the Deputy Commandant of the United States Army War College.” You’d think the ex-diplomat and current columnist for Pittsburgh’s post-gazette.com would know a thing or two about what happens to a disarmed populace, take a pro-gun rights and thus pro-NRA stance. If so, you’d think wrong . . .
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Frontline, you couldn’t have been terribly surprised by last night’s NRA exposé, subtly titled ‘Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA’. The NRA’s real sin, according to the program’s slant, is that it’s just too good at protecting gun rights. Too effective at countering the best efforts of Congress, victims groups and the civilian disarmament industrial complex. In case you missed it . . .
I don’t know for sure that this will be hatchet job on America’s oldest civil rights org (a.k.a., Wayne’s world). But I wouldn’t bet against it. Calling the documenatry Gunned Down doesn’t lead me to believe that the NRA will get a fair hearing. This clip positions LaPierre as an “extremist” (ominous music and all) pushed to extremism by his extremist members. And ending the teaser with the assertion that the NRA wanted to “bash [the president’s] brains out” doesn’t presage warm fuzzies about the NRA. One thing’s for sure: the NRA will say nothing about this documentary. At all. Ever. But you can under this post.
“2014 was a banner year for the Second Amendment,” thefederalist.com proclaims, “at least if we are to judge it by the collapse of the gun-control movement as a serious voice in political society.” Roger that. But not if you judge the year by mainstream media coverage. Firearms freedom continued to take a drubbing at the hands of left-leaning news journos, who continue to bash the NRA as if America’s oldest civil rights group advocated barbecuing puppies. Thanks to the NRA’s no-to-low PR profile, the gun owners’ champion is getting pummeled without lifting a glove in its own defense. Even on the Internet, the NRA’s footprint is relatively minuscule; americanrifleman.com has 3X fewer unique readers than TTAG. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. It’s time for the NRA to get into the game, to score some major points in the court of public opinion.