THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 235, August 24, 2003
The Dominoes Fell
Special to TLE
Who's the NRA?
Bush, whose office the NRA was to be working out of, is
in favor of more gun control than Bill Clinton. Emperor
Bush favors the "reauthorization" of the 1994
Assault Weapons Ban.
the guise of reauthorizing the 1994 Clinton gun ban, H.R.
2038 'The Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection
Act of 2003' proposes additional restrictions on American
firearm freedom including; the banning of the future manufacture
and importation of ALL semi-automatic shotguns, banning
those weapons made to conform to the 1994 ban, increasing
those weapons banned by name from 19 to 65, and giving the
Attorney General the discretion to ban any other mechanism
which he or she determines "is not particularly suitable
for sporting purposes." "A firearm shall not be
determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes
solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting
the bill bans the private transfer of "assault weapons".
moderate sycophantic leadership of the NRA, a closet caucus
of the Republican Party, is to blame that this infringement
on the right to keep and bear arms is expected to pass.
NRA supported candidate Bush - they campaigned for him --
they spent lots of their members' money in key districts.
The NRA is responsible for Bush winning Michigan, and arguably
other states, by converting union Democrats to Bush's camp
to protect their gun rights. There were many people who
voted for Bush simply because the 1994 ban will sunset on
September 13th, 2004.
the group which was supposed to be "working out of
the White House" is turning a blind eye to the Neo
Assault Weapons Ban. Go to the NRA's website. Look for information
on it. You'll find it, but you'll have to wade through pro-Republican
propaganda and relatively minor firearms legislation news.
understand the thinking. Historically, the Republican Party
has trampled on the Second Amendment less than the Democratic
Party has. So, supporting the Republicans makes superficial
sense. But, for a one issue political action group like
the NRA to continue to support a party which does not support
its agenda is foolish at best.
of supporting a party and a President which is at odds with
the NRA's political positions, the NRA should find a candidate
which vehemently supports individual private possession
of militia grade weaponry at home and abroad. Once found,
the NRA should throw its mighty clout behind that candidate
before its ability to speak for American gun owners is destroyed
by a lack of support from private firearms owners - a group
whose numbers are sure to dwindle if this bill becomes a
an alternative candidate in the Democratic Party cannot
be found,—and yes there are staunchly pro-gun democrats—the
NRA should put their support behind a candidate in one of
the "third parties". The Libertarian Party and
the Constitution Party both support the individual right
to keep and bear arms.
two outcomes now seem likely. First, H.R. 2038 will continue
to engender little resistance from the NRA. Second, the
NRA will mount an offensive against 2038 and the assault
weapons ban will be reauthorized in its 1994 configuration.
The NRA will claim victory and send out solicitation letters
to Life Members like myself informing us how lucky we are
that the NRA kept those radical Democratic alternatives
from becoming law.
is time for the NRA to put up or be put out of its misery.
If it does not defeat this bill in all its forms it has
outlived its usefulness and needs to be abandoned by its
membership in favor of a principled non-partisan group.
Bio: Jim is a columnist and radio talk show host. You can
find an archive of his articles and a link to a webcast
of his radio show at http://www.JimDuensing.com/