"I never intended to be divisive, and I certainly believe in United we Stand, Divided we Fall. I've been an NRA member for 40 years, have attended 8 national NRA conventions in the last 10 years"Thanks, David. I needed the kick in the pants to do that.
That describes a lot of the reason that I'm not an NRA member any longer.
I've expressed my disapproval with Zumbo, and it's only fair to point out that Zumbo's initial statement falls very much in line with the NRA's official stances.
As also displayed by the A-ratings given to substandard and gun-unfriendly candidates.
That's not even mentioning the childish and inexcusable airbrushing of the SAF from press releases. The SAF has the (expected) decency to share the credit, it's time the NRA grew up and did the same. (And add an apology for past childish behavior.)
I shoot almost weekly. Almost none of the people I know from the range are NRA members any longer. The only one I know for sure that still is (Most strongly disclaim NRA membership - at a gun range) joined when he purchased his first gun. Before he was immersed politically in the gun rights debate. He now says he plans not to renew.
We've seen Zumbo's like before, with an official NRA stance.
David Codrea's posting (http://waronguns.blogspot.com/2007/02/2a-two-step.html) embarrassed me.
I have not stood up and said anything to the NRA about it's behavior, merely allowed my membership to lapse, and that was a mistake.
It's time to de-Zumbo the NRA, to stand up, to include all gun owners and gun rights organizations. "Sporting Purpose" must be the next shibboleth to be engaged and removed. Not supported by the NRA.
It's time for the NRA to put the question to our coming Presidential Candidates and other candidates - Do you, or do you not, support the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. If the answer, or their actions is anything other than an unqualified "Yes", then the NRA should report that, and refuse any and all support. Even if there's a belief that the candidate is the "lesser of two" evils.
Anything else is flatly unacceptable for a "gun rights organization".
If you felt the need to opine on Zumbo, I'm asking you to do the same, but directly to the NRA. Let them know how you feel. If you're a member, it's especially important. If like me, you used to be, and lapsed because of that attitude - well, we'll see how important it is to them.
But let's use this moment while we're united, and do something (hopefully constructive).
And let's buy some Remington gear this week.