What is it with anti-gunners infesting the NRA Board of Directors?
The NRA has a long history of supporting gun control and even went so far as to help author some of the most offensive laws currently on the books. Until a coup took place in the late 1970’s, the NRA was one of the nations foremost proponents of gun control. I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.
During the 1920’s and 1930’s the NRA lobbied for the passage of our nations first national gun control laws. The National Revolver Association, an early marksmanship training group within the NRA, pushed for legislation that included requiring a permit to carry a concealed firearm. They also proposed gun dealers be forced to turn over all records to police, and they sought to institute a 1 day waiting period on firearm purchases. Sound familiar? Where do you think the Brady Campaign got their ideas for many of their proposed gun control measures? Yup, the early work of the NRA.
The NRA worked diligently to help write and pass one of the most unconstitutional laws currently on the books, the 1934 “National Firearms Act”. The NFA placed a Jim Crow era like tax on buying machine guns, short barreled rifles, suppressors, short barreled shotguns and “any other weapons”.
In 1938 they once again supported gun controls, this time it was the 1938 Federal Firearms Act that they threw their support behind and helped to pass.
After the shooting of President Kennedy in 1963, the President of the NRA called for additional gun controls. In 1968 the NRA got its wish with the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
With the coup in 1977 came new leadership that took a more pragmatic view of the 2nd Amendment and the NRA’s role in helping to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights. They formed the ILA (Institute of Legislative Action) and began to fight against gun control efforts in Washington. They were finally on our side, for the most part.
Despite the shift towards preserving our rights vs. helping to decimate them, the NRA still struggled with anti-gun forces occupying seats on their Board of Directors. Take Joaquin Jackson as an example. This long time NRA board member, and former Texas lawman, is one of the most rabidly anti-gun people within the NRA. As evidence of this, please watch the following video.
After taking a public flogging for these statements, Joaquin did what most honorable men do — he lied. He tried to say he wasn’t talking about civilian semi-auto rifles (which the NRA calls “assault rifles” on their website), he claimed he was talking about machine guns. He wants us to believe he was saying we should only have 5 rounds in the magazine of our machine gun while hunting deer. Uh, yeah… right. Sorry, Joaquin, anyone with an IQ larger than their own shoe size isn’t going to buy that one.
It would be hard to walk in Joaquin’s shoes, but we have a contender who wants a shot at it. Brandon Webb, a Navy SEAL, Sniper and NRA member, has decided to throw his hat in the ring and run for a seat on the NRA’s board. Because he’s a SEAL, many will give Mr. Webb a pass for writing anti-gun tripe like this on his personal blog earlier this year.
I don’t have all the solutions on this issue but I do know that I’m personally ready to compromise to limit mass shootings, and I’m ready to have an intelligent conversation on this issue. If leading gun organizations like the NRA don’t take a leadership role in proposing realistic solutions, then they will have failed to truly represent gun owners. — Brandon Webb, Jan 9th 2013
Webb caught a ton of flak from gun owners for this post, as he should have. However, that wasn’t about to discourage him from making a run for a seat on the NRA board. To address the angry public, he made a post on SofRep.com to address his detractors. In this address he accomplished quite a bit, namely convincing me he is not the right man for the job.
Here are a few of his bullet points detailing his stance on gun rights which I think you’ll find interesting.
- I believe everyone who owns a gun should attend a firearms safety qualifications course, and this should be standardized across the country. Too many people I’ve seen on the range are unsafe.
- Yes, owning a gun is a right; driving is similar to this but you have to have pass a drivers test to prove competency.
- The NRA should be like PADI or NAUI and encourage gun ranges to only accept NRA basic qualified shooters on the range.
- Background checks are a good idea but should take minutes, not days.
- Legislation on increasing the prevention of mentally ill folks from gaining access to firearms seems logical.
- Dogs/handlers at schools and colleges are better than armed guards, in my opinion.
- I believe we should be able to concealed-carry and open-carry where practical (e.g., not on an elementary school campus or an airplane).
- Guns are guns and people should be able to own and obtain a permit to own everything, short of WMD, if they’re properly trained/certified.
If you read carefully, you can see far too many similarities between his stances on the issues and anti-gun groups like the Brady Campaign who attempt to fein concern over preserving our rights while actively “compromising” them away.
It’s also worth noting that Mr. Webb strongly believes the NRA must compromise with anti-gun forces. Let’s be clear, gun control is never a compromise. To compromise both sides must cede something, which is never the case. When gun control laws pass, gun owners lose their rights and we get nothing in return — EVER.
Mr. Webb wants to force registration, maintain “gun free zones”, put dogs in schools vs. armed citizens, keep students and faculty at the nations colleges disarmed, require everyone to be NRA trained before being allowed to shoot on public ranges, and he likens gun ownership to driving a car.
I’m sure Webb believes he can use his military service, and the fact he rates to wear a Trident on his uniform, to skate into a NRA board seat. He’s clearly not the right man for the job and we must do everything we can as NRA members to keep him from joining Joaquin Jackson on the board. We can not allow the NRA to slip back into the hands of the gun-grabbers. It is up to us, the members, to make sure we have leadership that continues to take a hard-line “no compromise” stance on defending our 2nd Amendment rights.
Please share this post with your NRA member friends.
A person sent Mr. Webb a private message on Facebook that criticized his political views which in turn he posted publicly. After sharing the private message, Mr. Webb issued a threat of violence to the sender. Since Brandon posted the senders private message publicly, I’ll share it here so you can see what prompted the threat to be issued.
Are you a socialist raised Canadian born usurping infiltrator? Now, maybe that needs more clarification by you but, it’s what I see. I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could throw my house. You’re just a plant coming off like your for and all about the 2nd Amendment! You believe in permitting and compromise on the 2nd Amendment. My 2md Amendment right shouldn’t involve permitting or compromise to own a firearm. Permitting, universal registration and background checks inevitably lead to firearm confiscation later.
I could careless about your credentials and qualifications you boast about on the SOFREP website. You are not some special unique snowflake and in no way gain any credibility with me in regards to your past in the military. It does not make you the all knowing and all seeing arbiter of reason or defender of American freedom. Your thought on “compromise” and “licensing” absolutely turns me off.
Turn your quote from Winston Churchill in on yourself and the obvious fact that you’re using the INTERNET to opine your opinions while you criticize others for doing exactly the same thing you’re doing here, just to try and get elected. And, yes, it’s true, you can’t have a conversation with a fanatic, take a look in the mirror.
The reason you see hate and name calling, it is because only those who are doing it see you for what and who you really are. They see you as just another stab or chip at our God given right to self defense, whether personal or against tyranny thru the 2nd Amendment to own firearms and, it’s to be untampered with!
You should be tough enough to take the name calling and the so-called hate and not cry like a big baby when it does happen, you put yourself here, now take it. If you can’t stand the heat then, get out of the kitchen. These people as myself are impassioned for their country and the Republic for it stands, freedom (which is dwindling away with infiltrating usurpers like you, you remind me of John McCain!), it is unlike any in the rest of the world.
There shall be NO compromise on the 2nd Amendment, period! We are not socialized Europe. And, if that’s what you want then, leave and go to a place more suitable to your liking, see above.
If you want to do something then go after the people who are and have been destroying and eroding the moral fabric of America. This is the problem, not the firearm. This country has been raising amoral, libtardic, entitlement minded animals for the past 30 plus years! See below!
By the way, for your information up until the mid 60’s high schools in America had rifle ranges and practice as part of their school curriculum and were TAUGHT FIREARM SAFETY THERE! So, you might want to get your facts and your head screwed on straight. The 2nd Amendment is not a car, it is part of our Constitution, part of our inalienable rights!