Rather Poorly Regulated

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    This has been a long time coming. I hope the NRA pulls it together and refocuses on the core mission, but first it has to clean house.Report

    • So, their own stated core mission is “defense of Second Amendment rights”. Which they have pursued by supporting politicians who will pass/oppose legislation appropriately, and nominate/approve judges who will take an expansionist view of those rights.

      When the Gang of Four was turning Colorado’s suburbs purple and then blue, the strategy was to elect Democrats, period. They might not support the Gang’s pet policies at first, but they could be convinced, or at least bargained with (vote for LGBT rights and we’ll move the environmental bills you favor). The NRA seems to have adopted a similar strategy of electing Republicans, period. They might not support expanded gun rights, but they can be convinced or bargained with.

      How much more focused on the core mission could they be?Report

      • Oscar Gordon in reply to Michael Cain says:

        But they aren’t really focused on the core mission these days.

        It used to be that they supported politicians who supported gun rights. The reality on the ground was that they would support more Rs than Ds, but there were still a number of Blue Dogs on the roster.

        These days, they are simply supporting the GOP party itself, going so far as to voice opinions and support for GOP planks that have nothing to do with gun rights. This turns off a lot of liberals who support gun rights. It also damages the NRAs ability to influence Blue Dogs and other Ds because a great many of those politicians are no longer depending on the NRA voter to get elected, so they don’t really have any fear of the NRA campaigns against them.Report

        • Aaron David in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

          How many Blue Dogs are left though? After the night of the long knives in 2010, they (and me, as I was one) went the way fo the Dodo. And the current iteration of the Dem party is pretty adamantly anti-gun rights. So, much like Planned Parenthood is a creature of the left at this point, the NRA is solely a creature of the right.

          With Dem politicians who once supported gun-rights now backing the party line (looking directly at Kristen Gillibrand here), I think they made the logical choice. I know that this is hard for us in the vast middle, but as far as I can see, thems the facts on the ground.Report

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  3. Jaybird says:

    There is going to be drama.

    (Personally, I’ve preferred the JPFO to the NRA for at least a decade.)Report

  4. Aaron David says:

    What starts as a cause, becomes a business, ends up a racket.

    The NRA was hit pretty hard after the Assault Weapons bill during the nineties and had to really change its message in the wake of that monstrosity. Its members were not happy in the slightest at the compromises and failures of that time. I remember this pretty well, as my father is a lifetime member and board voter. It allowed space for other groups like the far more strident GOA and Second Amendment Foundation to come along, as this is what the voting and donating members actually wanted. Like many organizations, the message they started with, hunter safety and such, is not what they feel they need to support. And while those outside the group may lament this, so it goes. They aren’t voting members.

    If they can pull it together and get back on the right track, good for them. If not, well, they deserve the same fate at the SPLC. If the people of the left hate them, it matters not. As long as their base supports them, they are not doing badly. Personally, I put them in the same spot as the above mentioned Planned Parenthood. I am not going to join or donate, but I am glad they are out there.Report