For whom does the NRA speak?

Good question.

Bad answers. But bear with me; this isn’t an NRA defense.

For whom do they speak?
However, for whom do the National Rifle Association (NRA) speak? There are approximately 4.5 to 5 million NRA members, about 1.5% of our total population. About 80% of gun owners do not belong to the NRA.

According to the (2014) Pew Research Center:

And he hit rock bottom at the start. A four year-old poll? It gets better. He grabbed a pickaxe and kept digging.

The NRA speaks for the gun industry. The NRA spent 419 million dollars on the 2016 Presidential campaign, nearly a half a billion dollars. The NRA spent over 70 million to help Trump.

Not even close. I suspect Mr. Scott saw an estimate of NRA campaign spending for the past ten years. Open Secrets puts the NRA’s 2016 campaign spending — all elections — at $50.2 million. $30.3 million of that went towards Trump’s campaign.

7% of Scott’s claimed $419 million.

You want to put that $30.3 million in perspective? That was a national race. Spending across 50 states and assorted territories.

Michael Bloomberg spent $20 million in Nevada alone, on just “Ballot Question 1” (the universal background check initiative that proved unenforceable because his idiot minions miswrote it).

On a per state basis, the NRA spent 3% of what Bloomberg spent in Nevada on one proposition. 33 times as much.

But let’s back up.

There are approximately 4.5 to 5 million NRA members, about 1.5% of our total population. About 80% of gun owners do not belong to the NRA.

Do those number look odd to you? Granted, the NRA’s real membership is a wild ass guess, because the NRA doesn’t release that data. The best you can do is look at claimed magazine circulation numbers (all members theoretically get a subscription to one of them), and they rarely match public, vague claims.

But 80% percent of gun owners are not NRA members? Meaning 20% are?

That requires a measley 25 million gun owners total.

I’ve seen unsubstantiated claims that American gun owners number as few as 45 million. Other estimates range from 55 million (based on telephone and census surveys) to 120 million+.

Surveys? Seriously? I don’t tell anonymous, nosy telephone callers what valuables I might have laying around the house. Forget “government lists.” I’m not telling a burglar masquerading as a snoopy pollster.

My take is towards the high end. Since the mid ’90s, I’ve seen a lot of people who disdain gun store purchases because they want to be “off the books.” They don’t want to be on lists, or 4473s vulnerable to ATF inspection. I know of other people who decline to join any firearms organizations for the same reasons. Nonetheless, someone is buying the millions of new guns manufactured every year, and it isn’t just “super owners;” trainers are reporting record numbers of newbies coming in for training, and gun shops say they’re are seeing new demographics coming in.

But whatever the numbers, it’s true that the NRA doesn’t count many of the total among its members. There’s a reason for that. As noted, some owners want to be off the officialdom radar.

But a lot of us hate the NRA. Because the leadership are money-grubbing appeasers and compromisers, who use every new infringement they allow or even promote as an excuse for fundraising to “fight” that infringement.

I was once a member of the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, founded by Aaron Zelman who hated the NRA for the same reasons as I. Nowadays, I’m a member of The Zelman Partisans (“Jews. Guns. No compromise. No surrender.”) TZP was found by former JPFO members and workers who wanted Aaron’s dream to live on. I’m also a member of Gun Owners of America and a non-NRA state organization.

I repeat: The NRA allows and creates infringements of firearms-related human.civil rights in order to raise money to “fight” it.


  • NRA of 1934. NRA endorsed.
  • GCA of 1968. Ditto.
  • FOPA of 1986 (new machinegun ban). A “compromise”
  • Brady Bill background checks. Guess who tossed that in the mix?
  • A Columbus, OH “assault weapons” ban. The NRA said they had to write the ban or someone would have come up with something worse.
  • An NRA rep made a first appearance in years in New Hampshire to speak against “Constitutional Carry,” after years of work by locals to finally line up the votes to pass. The NRA gave fence-straddlers and excuse to renege.

Recently? Who was the first to push banning bump-fire stocks? NRA; even knowing it opened the door to regulating and banning any semiautomatic firearm?

And I still get NRA mailings asking me to join and donate extra cash to the NRA/ILA.

Fat effing chance.

So, no the NRA doesn’t speak for all gun owners (no matter that the lamestream media like to use “NRA” as verbal shorthand for all of us).

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who see them as a semi-covert branch of the Republican Party.

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who see them as greedy, compromising cowards.

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who who know it isn’t tough enough on human/civil rights.

But to be fair, I remind you that I’m speaking of the oh-so-well paid leadership like LaPierre. There are principled NRA members. Some haven’t quite realized what the NRA is doing in their names. Some hope to change the NRA’s direction (good luck with that). Some are in it for the training that the group was once so good at.

And some join up just to poke a stick in the anti-gun media’s eye.

What the victim-disarming anti-gun (in honest folks’ hands) should take notice of is that there are millions — likely tens of millions — Who are too damned radical for the NRA.

And they tend to vote accordingly. We’ve all seen the bizarre “survey” claims that 80% (or the number du jour of gun owners want universal background checks, that 90% (or 93, or 95, or 98%) of all Americans want that prior restraint on a constitutionally protected human/civil right PPYI: Preemptively Prove You Innocence). And yet, when put to popular vote, those numbers don’t appear.

90% of Washingtonians “wanted” universal PPYI. It passed by 59%. 31 points less than the claim.

90% of Nevadans “wanted” PPYI. It passed by 51%. 39 points less than claimed.

93% of New Hampshirites “wanted” PPYI. They voted the Dems out when they tried it.

Because the wusses of Fairfax don’t speak for us, and we aren’t taking this crap anymore.


SMOD is starting to look better, eh?

It’s just Wednesday, and we have…

“Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool.”
“By the way, bump stocks, we’re writing that out. I’m writing that out myself, I don’t care if Congress does it or not, I’m writing it out myself, OK? You put it into the machine-gun category, which is what it is, it becomes essentially a machine gun.”

— President Donald Trump, February 26, 2018

Bump-fire stock ban by executive order, contrary to the language of statutory law. I’ve heard conspiratorial claims that this is Trump being a genius; that the plan is to issue a blatantly unconstitutional order that SCOTUS will conveniently strike down as… blatantly unconstitutional, thus closing the door forever on ban by fiat.

Bull shit. Please recall the current SCOTUS rejection of RKBA challenges. Gorsuch has been so effective


President Donald Trump embraced Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill but rejected Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) push for national reciprocity during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers Wednesday afternoon.
The Manchin/Toomey gun control bill is the same universal background check legislation supported by Barack Obama in the wake of the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School. It the very bill that was defeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate on April 17, 2013.
Trump spoke of the using the Manchin/Toomey bill “as a base” to which other gun bills can be added, and then continued taking comments from various senators and representatives in attendance.
Trump shut down Scalise’s reciprocity push, suggesting the gun control package being pieced together would never pass if national reciprocity were added to it.

Oh boy; the return of Manchin-Toomey-Gottlieb. What? You forgot that Alan Gottlieb admitted to helping draft that human/civil rights-raping monstrosity?

On the bright side, I get to resurrect some old graphics (which, frankly, I hoped I’d retired for good).


Please note: Trump considers Manchin-Toomey-Gottlieb “‘a base’ to which other gun bills can be added.” As bad as it is, Trump means that as a mere start.

I’m sorry to have been right. I warned you that Trump wasn’t necessarily a good anti-HRC vote: “assault weapon” bans, waiting periods… gun-free zones. Just wait.

And this…

Trump: ‘Take the Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second’
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” Trump emphasized. And he said this:

“Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Which is no due process at all.

I still have some Sweet Meteor O’Death 2016 signs for sale, if you’d like to retro-edit reality and disavow any pro-Trump vote out of sheer embarrassment.


See the right sidebar for other options.

Is it just me…

..or does anyone else think David and Emma need to swap testosterone and estrogen prescriptions?


Fun With Biased Media

I have a new column up at The Zelman Partisans, regarding the anti-RKBA “gatekeepers” at our newspapers. Tribune & Georgian Publisher Jill Helton is well past doubling — even tripling — down, and is into full ‘You can’t say that’ mode.

Fun With Biased Media
Last week, a Letter to the Editor ran in a local Georgia weekly newspaper. It was the usual pro-gun control drivel, written by a but-owner who really should have known better. “But” then, so should the paper, if informing the public — rather than imposing their own bias — was their goal.

Victim disarmers have local papers (not all, thank G-d), major metropolitan papers, television, Internet sites, search engines…

And they’re still afraid to give us, armed with facts, a voice. Because an informed populace is one that would toss their “buts” out into the cold.

Read the whole thing. Long, since I include whole emails, but amusing and informative.


Allowing physics

Can someone leak this moron’s college transcripts. He clearly failed physics.

Sessions says Justice Dept. inching closer to banning bump stocks
“We believe in that, and we have had to deal with previous ATF legal opinions, but our top people in the Department of Justice have believed for some time that we can through regulatory process not allow the bump stock to convert a weapon from a semiautomatic to a fully automatic.”

Since it’s physically impossible for a bump-fire stock to convert a semiautomatic rifle into a fully automatic rifle, not allowing it should be a snap.


Try it: A message to “Never Again MSD”

Law enforcement failed 42 times to do anything about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murderer. The school failed to do anything about him. DCF failed, despite an apparent adjudication of mental incompetence. In turn, someone in government neglected to report him to NICS, so he was able to buy a gun from an FFL.

The Coward County Sheriff’s Office ignored an impassioned plea from a family member. (Several, really, including one from the suspect himself.)

The FBI ignored TWO reports of concern about the shooter-to-be. One of those reports was very detailed; including that the suspect was armed and wanted to shoot up his former school. The other report was that the suspect wanted to be a famous school shooter.

Coward County Sheriff’s deputies… cowered outside, and let the shooter kill. (Peterson now claims that he heard shots, but thought they came from outside, therefore he hid… outside. Ignoring screaming kids pouring out of the building.)

So you blame…

The rifle. And every honest gun owner in the country who didn’t commit the crime.

There are an estimated 16,000,000 AR-pattern rifles alone in America. The Parkland shooter used one of those, which government should have prevented him having in the first place.

There are at least 265,000,000 firearm of all types in America. Some estimates reach 750,000,000.

Your shooter used one.

You want “assault weapons” banned. Yet you have no constitutionally specific definition of such. As a result honest gun owners reasonably wonder if you plan to take them all.

Estimates of gun owners range from 55,000,000 to over 120,000,000.

Your shooter was one PROHIBITED PERSON.

But you blame all gun owners — whom, I repeat, didn’t do it — for the criminal acts of one prohibited person whom the government allowed to kill. You negligently throw out the term “NRA” as shorthand for all gun owners and accuse us of murder, which sounds like slander/libel to me.

As many as 120,000,000 honest people armed with as much as 750,000,000 small arms are watching you accuse and threaten us; watching you attempt to sic the forces of government on us for crimes we did not commit, in a mass 18 U.S. Code § 241 conspiracy against constitutionally-protected human/civil rights.*

Forces of government” seemingly too incompetent to stop one crazed killer.

Is it wise to piss off that many armed people with only the Browardly backing of government?

Try it. Try us.

* What? You believed CNN when they told you only “NRA” money keeps politicians from doing YOUR bidding? No, it’s 55,000,000 to 120,000,000 VOTERS who will — and have in past — toss their oathbreaking posteriors out of office.


Children should not legislate

If only because they are too young to recall how it used to be.

Parkland survivor suggests Florida spring break boycott until gun control law passes
“Let’s make a deal DO NOT come to Florida for spring break unless gun legislation is passed,” David Hogg wrote on Twitter. He says the politicans aren’t listening to students and others calling for gun control, “so maybe they’ll listen to the billion dollar tourism industry in FL. #neveragain.”

He’s made it clear he isn’t familiar with stuff as old as the Constitution. But recent history remains unmastered as well.

Once upon a time, Florida had what Pencilneck here would consider “stronger” gun laws.

It also had a little tourism problem.

It seems that wily criminals figured out that tourists were basically disarmed by state law. Tourists were getting mugged and murdered left and right. After a particularly nasty murder of a German national, Germany issued an advisory for its citizens to avoid Florida.

Florida finally did a few things about the problem. One was not letting car rental companies conspicuously mark their cars, making tourist ID a little tougher for criminals. That’s a little silly, since folks not in rental cars were getting hit.

Florida then allowed nonresident concealed carry.. They recognized several other states ‘CCW licenses, and they will issue Florida licenses to qualified nonresidents..

And suddenly tourism crime dropped to… well, I hate to put it this way, but normal levels.

So go right ahead, pencilboy. “Toughen” your laws. And watch the tourism stay away — again — because you want helpless victims for your criminal buddies.