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Did NRA Cut a Deal on DISCLOSE Act?

| June 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

DISCLOSE: NRA's Greatest Sell-Out Yet?

Did the NRA tell you they still oppose the DISCLOSE Act?

Many NRA members just can’t believe the NRA would cut a deal with democrats to pass a bill limiting the free speech of grassroots organizations. But will they believe it if they hear it right from the Horse’s mouth, NRA Executive VP Wayne Lapierre?

What follows below is analysis by the National Association for Gun Rights.

First, watch this video:

At 6:40, LaPierre says “We’re not in it anymore.”  That means they removed their opposition.

Did the NRA cut a backroom deal?

Call it what you will, but the NRA was opposed to this bill and now, with the exemption, they are not opposed to this legislation.

Start at about 6:30 and you’ll hear LaPierre say “we had to make sure the voice of gun owners is protected”.  What do you think he meant by that?

The NRA had to make sure their voice was preserved so….they did what?  They cut a deal.  Call it what you will (if you don’t think that’s a deal, I have swampland in Florida to sell you), but it meant they removed their opposition to the bill (i.e. compromised, which they’ve been doing with our rights for decades).

The NRA got their exemption.  How do you think that happened?  It didn’t happen by accident – it happens by agreement, in private rooms.  And then both parties agree not to talk about it.

The talk show host asks a very salient point: IF there is no deal, then the NRA is free to continue to oppose the bill.  LaPierre keeps saying “we aren’t in the bill anymore.”  So, what he’s really saying is the NRA can’t fight against the bill because they have an agreement (to be exempted).

Is the NRA synonymous with the Second Amendment?

National Association for Gun RightsWe do not define the NRA as the Second Amendment.

This is a sick and craven play by the NRA.  It’s not the first time (the Brady Act itself was passed because of an NRA deal), and it won’t be the last.  But gun owners shouldn’t stand by and not hold these compromisers accountable.

A principle – the human right of self defense – is much more important than any one organization.

For some, that’s offensive.  They think the NRA is sacred, which tells you they haven’t checked their principles lately.

When any politician or group supports gun control – even by compromising it – we’ll call it like we see it.  If that offends people, we’ll have to apologize… and then continue to hold politicians and organizations accountable.

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