As many know, I have been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for over 20 years. I wholeheartedly support the NRA as an organization, and I wholeheartedly support its role in maintaining our right to keep and bear arms. To me, its effectiveness in support of this right is unquestioned. The sheer volume of the voice of its retractors should be evidence of this.
Since I have been writing this blog, I have been an active recruiter for them, and I have sponsored 11 people as Life Members, many of whom are a lot more famous that I am.
Having said that, I am not going to get into the current state of the NRA, except to say that I am extremely frustrated about the direction of the current leadership.
So effective June 26, 2019, I am suspending my active recruiting for NRA membership.
Should someone really, really want to join, please contact me at FillYerHands [at} gmail dot com, and we will discuss.
Well I’m off, at day 1 of the NRA Annual Meeting in downtown Atlanta. So far I’ve seen a whole lot of guns and gear and famous shooters.
Now I’ve been to a whole lot of conventions and trade shows in my day, in my role as a nerd herder. It’s interesting to me that the booth people fall into the same categories: customer service people and full bore salespeople. Given my press badge, I get more of the customer service people approach me, which I like.
I’ve also found out a lot about some upcoming products, which I promised not to reveal, but I will tell you they involve new products from companies I’ve already bought from, so I look forward to seeing them.
Look for a full report later. But for now here’s some of what I saw.
Well, it’s that time of year – the NRA Annual Meeting. And this year, it’s just down the road from me, at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta, Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30.
I plan to be there all three days, so I encourage my readers to comment with their plans, and hopefully we can get together.
I will be posting more this week on my plans – in the meantime, who is joining me?
In a recent CNN town hall meeting, Hillary Clinton, who looks more and more like the leading Democratic presidential candidate for 2016, said this about gun control:
“We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”
When I read (and re-read) that, the image in my mind was the huge crowd outside the NRA convention in Indianapolis.
Courtesy of National Review
It was estimated at times to be as large as 30 protesters. This compared to the 75,267 NRA members and supporters inside.
Or the 5 people who showed up last August to protest the thousand inside the GeorgiaCarry convention.
Time and again, this numerical disparity is demonstrated. A minority of misinformed people ranting about
- Background checks – we already must have them
- Automatic weapons – already heavily regulated, unless you can manage to buy them in Mexico from the BATF.
- Gun Show loopholes – which don’t exist
Yes, for once, I agree with Her Majesty. It’s time for the minority to shut the hell up.
Rob Pincus, firearms trainer and host of a number of shooting shows, has announced his candidacy as a write-in candidate for the NRA Board of Directors.
I have decided to throw my hat in the ring and run for the 76th Seat on the NRA Board of Directors! In order to qualify for this seat, which is voted on at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis this April, I need as many write in votes as possible as part of the General Election.
I strongly believe that a position on the NRA BoD will allow me to do more work to promote our rights and responsibilities related to firearms ownership!
You have until April 6th to get your ballot in. Historically, less than 10% of eligible voters participate… Let’s up the numbers and get those ballots in! Please spread the word!! #pincus4NRA
I am truly honored by the early support and encouragement that this announcement has brought in! I know that some of you have already sent your ballots in, but perhaps you know people who haven’t. Thanks Much!
I support Rob, and I plan to write him in, and I urge you to as well.
Rob is a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and has made it his life’s work to see that we do so responsibly. He will bring that focus to the Board.
The last person I wrote in for the Board of Directors was Tom Selleck, who unfortunately didn’t receive enough votes to be elected. However, he did receive enough attention that the next year he was on the ballot, and was elected.
As I have written of before, a couple of times, in fact, the anti-gun factions in the United States have come to realize that they have no chance of achieving their universal dream of total confiscation of guns. So, they have turned to another tactic, namely, scaring lawful gun owners with the threat of armed hordes of foreign troops in the streets. Namely, the United States has signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. If you want to know what that does, go read it. I won’t defoul my blog with it’s drivel.
For the good of the Republic, let me reiterate why even this won’t work.
- First, the Constitution is the law of the land, despite any treaties signed, even if they are ratified by the Senate. When the treaties violate the Constitution, they are null and void, and attempting to enforce them is a violation of just about everyone’s oath of office.
- Second, since any treaty requires ratification by the Senate, consisting of a 2/3 vote – that’s 67 Senators – this treaty has no chance of passing. If Feinstein couldn’t get 60 Senators to ban magazines over 10 rounds, they won’t get 67 on anything pertaining to gun control.
- Third, Executive Orders do not have the force of law, except to enforce laws that have already been passed by Congress. So forget that route, too.
- Fourth, Calm The Hell Down. Remain vigilant. Smile and nod when the anti-gunners wax poetic on this fiasco. At least it keeps them occupied. But don’t engage them, just let them think they’ve got something, and then let them swing in the breeze.
As you were.
11 New Life Members
3 New Annual Members
Thank you to all who took advantage of this program.
It was my pleasure to sponsor you!