Dear NRA, Night is Falling
From the NRA's statement following their meeting at the WH:
OK. Great! We get it. You have some inside access to our elected officials. The same elected officials who often do not do the will of the people who sent them.
..., we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.
The same elected officials who seek re-election at any cost including the very necessary fund raising on a daily basis.
Fund raising? Every day? Yep!... Why?
Because politicians know all too well it is how they are perceived that will get them elected. That perception costs millions when seeking a federal level office.
Perception IS Reality.
(4) million NRA members? Not enough to tip the balance.
(4) million members writing letters? If they all did it, it would be nice..still not enough.
(4) million members + fund raising + donations etc?....Now we're talking some financial clout.
Today, while I support the NRA's overall efforts and philosophies, I sent them a letter indicating my disapproval in how they are handling this issue at this time.
I suggest our letter writing efforts need to include the NRA-ILA as well
Night is falling on gun rights for all Americans. The few temp workers elected by the people have rushed in head long on a major offensive to garner not only public opinion with continued and effective use of the media; they have also heavily recruited elected officials from governors all the way down to the lowly city commissioners. Their battle plan is sound, effective and IS working.
The far left anti-gun people have used the media with tremendous skill. Let us not underestimate the adversary. We as lovers of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness may be 100% opposed to their ideas; but let us not simply dismiss them as idiots. They are well armed intellectually AND have financial backing.
It is far past time that the NRA-ILA go on the offensive with the truth.
Let's face it; the truth is what comes out of the tube or via the internet. I did not say it IS the truth, I said that is where we get it from. It is where the majority of Americans get it.
Politicians know all too well the value of public opinion. That opinion in 2013 has to be purchased with money (lots of it) by reaching as many people as possible.
(WE), the vocal group are not being heard, and if we are; it is but a whisper among the din of emotional anti-gun illogical screaming.
The cliche's are cute. The bold talk is cute. The name calling while venting only may make us feel better is far, far from effective.
In my opinion, we, the gun rights activists (2nd amendment lovers) need to write to the people who command far more financial power than all of us here combined.
The NRA is fighting a war with tactics that may have worked once, but not now. All seasoned military generals know well the necessity of employing a dynamic battle plan when the face of modern warfare changes; and it has changed. A rigid plan during war is suicide.
Winning the hearts & minds of the people becomes paramount! That winning is through the media with education and truth.
The NRA-ILA must move from the confines of capitol hill to the streets of America.
I wrote my letters as have many of you. I've engaged in pro-2A activities as have you.
I have given extra money to the NRA as have you.
I have also paid my taxes; yet am not represented! My money is squandered.
I hate to say it, but I believe the NRA-ILA is squandering the money. OK; go ahead..flame away.
This wait & see posture is gonna' get us killed in the arena of our rights to keep and bear arms! They already wasted more time even going to the meeting with Biden...no doubt a ploy by the current admin to delay any action by the NRA. Now; night is falling...The enemy has their plan well in place. What do we have? NADA!
It's ok to be critical of the NRA-ILA. I know they have done some great work; but this is a *NEW* war with the enemy now on our back porch.
Now? What have you been doing?
we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works
Give me a break! They are not interested. "They" represent themselves. "They" are busy raising money for their re-election bids.
"..who are interested?"
Take the message to the American people via mass media. Yes!..Pay for it with what I and millions of others sent you.
My neighbor down the street doesn't watch the NRA channel!
Other than pro gun, pro 2A people, most Americans don't have a clue what's going on or what is at stake.
Mr. NRA, night is falling. The enemy has you nearly surrounded. Summon the cavalry. The cavalry IS the American people and they number far more than (4) million.
Re: Dear NRA, Night is Falling
If it's true that NRA can't buy time, then they need to start another shell organization, exactly like the pols do it... And buy time through that.
They need to use social media just like the Obama campaign did.
I have said most everything the OP said, and I even faxed the NRA and the GOA.
Night is indeed falling, folks. Now is not the time to entrench, it is time to ACT. And no, I'm not talking revolt, I'm talking publicity.... Good publicity.