April 15, 2002
The gun control advocates say we are paranoid in our defense of our Second
I think of the Bill
Doss case in California and ask "Which side is really paranoid?"
The actions of the NRA in this case show that they are behind us -- waaay
I have realized that, just as politicians need a certain level of crime and
violence for the public to accept more intrusive laws to control us, the NRA
needs a certain amount of gun control in order to continue to exist and prosper.
Before I learned about the Doss case, I emailed the NRA to say I was doubtful
about renewing my membership, saying that I wanted to see no more compromise. I
didn't want to slam them, just express my opinions about what I as a member
would like to see done.
I realize that the NRA does not make the laws, I said, but the NRA endorses
candidates who do. Sometimes candidates who are indifferent to or even hostile
to gun rights get
an NRA passing grade because they are the lesser of two evils. What a losing
A local politician was the guest of honor at a Friends of NRA dinner until a
member pointed out that he had voted for one-gun-a-month purchase restrictions
and registration. Suddenly the politician had to be elsewhere. Then it was back
to the fun and fund-raising. I think the man was endorsed again for the next
Demanding enforcement of unconstitutional gun laws such as those promoted by NRA's
Project Exile, instead of calling for the repeal of all gun laws, is
agreeing with our enemies that guns, not criminals, are the problem, I wrote.
Supporting laws taking away more gun rights to prevent a worse law from being
passed is merely delaying the gun control advocates' ultimate victory, I wrote.
It's not a compromise
if the other side doesn't give up anything, and they don't.
I'm still an NRA member because the gun club and range I belong to requires
it, I said. I'm going to suggest to the club officers that other, no-compromise
gun rights organizations such as Jews
for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) and Gun
Owners of America (GOA) be accepted instead.
I long ago stopped donating to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action
because they had strayed off the path, I said in conclusion. I received a canned
email response thanking me for my support. They've gotten too big, too rich and
too comfortable with the power brokers in Washington.
Imagine four million NRA members multiplied by $35 a year, minimum, in
membership dues. Imagine even half of it going directly to educate the public
about their rights. JPFO is working hard to raise a small fraction of that,
$170,000, to make a documentary for television to promote gun rights. The NRA
could sign a check and just do it. Why don't they? Sure is a nice office
building, museum and member magazine they have, though. I do see lots of gun
rights ads by the NRA, I have to admit. In the members-only magazines.
If the civil rights struggle had been run this way, black people would still
have to sit in the back of the bus, but it would be a nice new bus, and it would
have a bumper sticker reading "Jesse Jackson is MY President."
Charlton Heston said on the radio after the Oklahoma City bombing that he's
sure that no NRA members are involved with "militias." Why was he not
explaining that ALL the people ARE the militia according
to the United States Code Title
10, Section 311? What a loss of an opportunity to educate the people. Again.
Someone, not a recognizable gun rights advocate celebrity, I forget who, when
pressed by a member of Congress to produce a list of militia members, held up
... a phone book. Exactly.
Anyone who promotes the phrase "illegal gun," other than when
describing a convicted violent felon, is NOT your friend, no matter how many
times he swears his flintlock musket will only be taken from his cold dead
Hold up a semi-auto or full-auto military-style rifle and say that after one
of your inspiring speeches about defending freedom, Mr. Heston. Then we'll
Or are some NRA events held in localities that no longer allow civilians to
possess those? Wouldn't want to be seen holding an "illegal gun" and
be considered an extremist, would we?
Neal Knox and other Bill of Rights "purists" got evicted from the
NRA because they refused to compromise with the gun grabbers and were "too
radical." And many bad things they warned us about have arrived.
What a shame the NRA, the biggest kid on the block, is afraid to really
fight, for fear of being mistaken for the bad kid.
The truth is that anyone who believes that the Constitution and Bill of
Rights mean what they say is viewed as extremist these days.
Bill Clinton said those documents were radical and that when people abuse a
freedom you have to limit it. And got elected twice.
Most people responding to a man-on-the-street survey didn't recognize the
Bill of Rights and said they wouldn't vote in favor of making it law. The
clueless people Jay Leno talks to on his Tonight Show "Jaywalking"
segments are real, folks. And they vote. They are helping shape our future, and
we aren't in it.
O-oh, Jay, can you see ... that the smiling celebrity Janet Reno you're
pitching softball interview questions to still says she did nothing wrong as
attorney general? There are people who want her for governor of Florida because
she says she wants to help families and children.
Like she helped Elian Gonzalez and the families and children at Mt. Carmel in
Yet to the Jaywalkers, those who try to educate people about their rights and
restore our constitutional republic are "hate radio" and
"right-wing fanatics" and, yes, "terrorists."
Why? THEY don't ram houses and churches with military combat engineering
vehicles, flood them with flammable tear gas and hold back fire and rescue
trucks a mile away as women and children burn. THEY don't send armored
paramilitary police to kick in doors, stick a submachine gun in a child's face
and return him to a Communist dictatorship. THEY don't threaten a person's life
if he doesn't give up an object our Constitution plainly says he has every right
Reno did those things, gets to be a gubernatorial candidate, a guest on Jay
Leno and "Saturday Night Live," and is pronounced "cool."
Thomas Jefferson might have foreseen our times when he wrote:
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed
their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these
liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with
His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that His justice cannot sleep forever."
Holocaust Remembrance Day was this past week, and Patriots Day (the
Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord) and the anniversary of the
fiery conclusion of the Waco siege in 1993 are April 19th.
All of these events involved the efforts of tyrannical government against an
idea represented by the allegorical figure that guards the dome of the U.S.
Capitol: Armed Freedom.
Most have forgotten that not so long ago, hiding Jews and others consigned to
the Nazi liquidation camps was punishable by death under the law of the land in
much of Europe.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership tells us that the
council of Jewish leaders at that time thought it best to cooperate in the mass
murder process. They hoped to buy time for some Jews by keeping the genocide
orderly and on schedule, rather than provoke a massive Nazi onslaught against
civilians by having anyone resist.
I'm sure those leaders were the last to board the cattle cars to the camps.
As your English teacher used to say, compare and contrast:
Recently, California officials promised Bill Doss that his SKS Sporter
rifle would be legal to keep if he moved there.
Later they promised him a SWAT assault if he did not give up his gun.
He was not a criminal, but they were so afraid of his rifle that they
offered him a choice between compliance with an unjust law or possible death.
What kind of people must these government officials be, and how about the
people who elected them? What other outrages will they find perfectly
Substitute "Jew" for "rifle" and "her" for
"it" in the following sentence and think about how it makes you feel:
The NRA accepted the surrender of the rifle and turned it over to the police,
saying that the man "did what any honest citizen would have done" by
complying with the law.
I thought they were the "cold dead hands" people.
I guess they're saving that for when they tell us to turn in our flintlock
muskets. If enough members demand change, they will change. Have they heard from
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