On Wednesday morning, 9/19/2018, 7:14 AM EDT, I received an email from Grass Roots North Carolina’s F. Paul Valone. I found the contents so odd that I decided he was probably under a lot of post-hurricane/flooding stress. I told him I’d give him a couple of days to reconsider his email before I posted anything about it.
It’s been two days.
Second, a blog is not, to our mind, an “organization.”
My blog is not an organization. I never said it was. The Zelman Partisans is, as is the Firearms Policy Coalition.
the organizations our guy was referring to are listed in the reprint of the article below, which I would LOVE you to include.
Oh, yes. I’m definitely publishing that. Please recall that this began in response to the GRNC-PVF alert which stated:
As GRNC volunteers continue to diligently monitor the state for “State of Emergency (SOE) Gun Bans,” it seems that other organizations are taking credit for our successes. No one, not credit poachers like the Firearms Policy Foundation, nor any other organization that “sends a letter” can claim credit for the work GRNC has been doing for years—work that made SOE Gun Bans unlawful and forced government entities to repeal these bans.
Note that Valone is concerned about the “Firearms Policy Coalition” specifically, and “other organizations. Why?
(Valone’s 9/15/2018, 2:28 PM EDT email)
“Clearly, you are free to depict yourself among credit poachers who seek to raise money on the efforts of the organizations which actually effect change (despite being now twice informed it didn’t refer to you), and you are equally free to not relay to your readers the important gun rights alerts sent by GRNC (although that might suggest you consider your apparently easily bruised ego more important than the gun rights movement itself).” (emphasis added-cb)
Fundraising. But on to the undated article reprint:
Please note that while the GRNC-PVF alert complains of the Firearms Policy Coalition (and other organizations) for addressing defective State of Emergency notices, this reprinted article does not. Let’s focus on the ‘NC Firearms Coalition’.
Directed by former NAGR operative Patrick Parsons,
Full stop. According to this incorporation listing, the sole principal for NCFC is “Tom Walker,” and there is a single “employee,” presumably Walker.
this group is actually headquartered in Georgia
And the incorporation address is in Waynesville, NC. Until I hear from NCFC, it is possible that Walker is merely a registered agent who acts, more or less, as a mail drop for Patrick Parsons. As of 9/21/2018, 12:45 PM EDT, I have not gotten a response from NCFC.
NCFC’s enumerated offense was not involvement in the recent SOE incident, as described in the GRNC-PVF alert, but…
In less than a year, Parsons has already put out no less than five hair-raising mail solicitations, four of which exclaimed: “STOP ROY COOPER’S GUN CONTROL BILL! URGENT ACTION NEEDED: DEFEAT H.B. 723.”
I’ve been unable to locate a copy of that, but I note that House Bill 723 appears to have died in committee in April 2017, and while it was terrible for human/civil rights, it seems to have had nothing to do with declarations of emergency, especially in September 2018, almost a year and a half later.
Mr. Valone provides no indicator that NCFC has fundraised on this SOE issue yet. I see nothing in NCFC’s “Latest News section more recent than May 30, 2018, long before there was a Florence to trigger a state of emergency.
As for North Carolina Gun Rights, their last news entry is October 5, 2017. Again, no indication that they were involved in the SOE issue at question.
Mr. Valone offered no documentation to support his claim that either of those two groups were involved in the Florence SOE issue. I do not understand why he brought them up now. My impression of both NCFC and NCGR is that they are hollow shells, and any past claims used for fundraising may well be dubious, but they do not appear to have made claims about the Leland (and other towns) SOE currently in question.
On the other hand, the one organization which GRNC called out by name over the SOE — Firearms Policy Coalition — did take action, and apparently did so before GRNC. But I haven’t seen them fundraising on the issue, as I have seen GRNC do.
And I, a volunteer on behalf of the organization The Zelman Partisans, also actually took action. If Mr. Valone wants to call my generic blurb, “I’m a volunteer, was this worth anything,” fundraising, that’s his privilege. But it was not The Zelman Partisans; it was my personal statement.
I’ve also noted that FPC and TZP seem to have acted before GRNC did. As I noted in the previous column, that’s a guess based on the content of GRNC’s Leland Letter, and the time line I can construct from my own documentation. To date, Mr. Valone will not say when they sent their Leland Letter; only the date, not the time.
GRNC 1) claims groups that actually acted on the SOE only claimed credit for what GRNC did, 2) makes a claim of fundraising on the issue which has not happened, and 3) now accuses two other organizations which don’t seem to be involved at all.
I’m done with this. Valone and GRNC can admit they made a simple mistake and apologize, or they can triple down and alienate people and groups who otherwise might’ve worked with them in the future.