Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Is The NRA Pushing Gun Control That Members Do Not Support?

There is a story that the media is completely ignoring.  The NRA's advocacy of two gun control measures that are opposed by most gun rights advocates.

The first measure is the administrative ban of bump stocks - which according to President Trump, will soon be completed.  As someone who is wired into the gun rights community, I can say that most gun rights advocates are opposed to this action.  Some believe that if bump stocks are to be banned, it should be done via legislation - and that this legislation should include other, gun rights issues, such as CCW reciprocity.  Others are simply opposed to the ban.  A current online poll conducted by a gun rights website, 86% opposed the action.  The NRA, after Las Vegas, came out in favor of an administrative ban and the organization has not reversed its' position since.

The second measure the NRA is supporting are "gun violence restraining orders", which are passed at the state level.  The first concern here is that there is no due process
Note that in order to get a gun violence
restraining order lifted, the subject must
prove that they are not a threat.  In spite
of this requirement nearly 90%
are reversed.
prior to the subjects guns being seized.  In addition, experience has proven that these laws are heavily abused - as indicated by the fact that the vast majority are reversed by the courts as soon as the subject gets their day in court.  In fact, the 2016 figures from California indicate that nearly 90% are found to be unjustified.  Gun rights advocates have bucked the NRA in several states, most notably Texas, and stopped passage of such laws.

Most Americans do not realize that the NRA is by no means the only large gun rights organization.  Both the Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) claim over 3/4 of a million members.  In particular, the GOA is seen as being more resistive to gun control measures and could benefit from NRA defections.  Furthermore, the NRA could get significant push back from members - up to and including the replacement of leadership.

So why is the mainstream media ignoring this story?  The answer to that question is simple: In order to report this story they would have to report that the NRA has agreed to support some gun control measures.  That would run counter to their demonization of the NRA, and NRA members.  If the NRA thought they would get a fair shake from the media, they were dead wrong.

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