As the National Rifle Association deals with turmoil within its organization, other gun-rights organizations are beginning to grow and come out of the NRA’s shadow.
In the past few months, the NRA lost its president, Oliver North, its top lobbyist, Chris Cox, and its ad agency, Ackerman McQueen. It also shut down production of NRATV. At the same time, investigations have been launched into the group’s finances.
“The Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms both are getting many requests to build a backstop in case NRA turmoil creates a void,” Alan Gottlieb, of the Second Amendment Foundation, explained to Fox News. “We are working with politicians, grassroots activists and many former and current NRA directors and employees to make that happen.”
I think this competition for the NRA is a good thing because they have monopolized the Second Amendment like the political parties monopolize the three branches of government. Most people don’t realize the NRA is basically a PAC for the GOP, and it is not what we need now. This nation is slowly bowing to politicians and leftists that want to manipulate the Second Amendment. In response to that we need a Second Amendment organization that will in fact organize the people for the purpose of strengthening the collection of citizens into one powerful voice. That has not happened, and Wayne LaPierre has failed to make that the agenda of the NRA. Freedom is not sexy, it doesn’t court you like a rich suitor, and it is not sustained when the citizenry isn’t involved. Like freedom itself, the Second Amendment depends on the power of the people to stand up and claim what is theirs and stop looking for groups of rich and connected to do it for them.