NRA Sell Out– Disclose Act

Selling out seems to have become an epidemic. The NRA’s shameful sell out of the First Amendment to preserve the Second Amendment is only the latest example of what is being negotiated in this country. Congress’ knee jerk reaction to the supreme court’s law making, (not within the scope of its powers), will have ripple effects we cannot even begin to understand. The immediate ramifications are clear though. What our decedents will be able to salvage from this, who knows.

Trading one freedom for another is not a solution.  It is a disaster.  How could the NRA so betray America?  Political gain, power, and money.  Like all big organizations it seeks its own power and gain before that of anything else.  This is not the first time the NRA has sold out.  But the shame of this time runs deep into the founding roots of this country.

The NRA has a long history of sell-outs, including selling out our Veterans.  Just 3 years ago the NRA sold out in support of H.R. 2640, The NICS Improvement Amendment which targeted mental health patience and returning veterans.  By signing the documents of surrender and actively lobbying congress to pass this legislation, the NRA made sure that thousands of gun owners would lose their rights to own a gun.  Way to go NRA!

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The year is 2004 and the NRA wants to see S. 397:Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed by any means available.  In order to do so they offered anti-gun lawmakers the assurance that they would not interfere with the reinstatement of the Clinton administration’s gun bans.  The NRA got the passage of S.397.  It seems that the NRA cared less about the ability of gun owners to buy weapons than making sure that gun sellers couldn’t be sued.

I called the NRA-ILA organization this morning and asked them specifically about their stance on the Disclose Act, H.R. 5175, S.3295) and the sell out of the first amendment.  I was informed that they are opposed to this legislation AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS.  BUT, should language be introduced, which would exempt the NRA and its members “from disclosure of donations and their member lists” then the NRA would take a neutral stance.  In other words they would pass on one freedom so long as it doesn’t affect them.  (Those are my words not theirs)  YEA NRA-ILA!  Read the NRA letter to Congress HERE:

4 million NRA-ILA members screwed out of freedom of speech in order to be exempted from donation information! http://www.photographycorner.com/galleries/data/1518/090708-NRA.jpg

Garnering special favors on one hand while losing them in the other is not a good trade. In fact it is the worst thing the NRA could do for its members. The only one actually benefiting from this is the NRA-ILA.  Our God-given rights are NOT negotiable.  It is unconscionable that the NRA-ILA is even considering this.  The NRA claims that standing neutral is not trading, but it isn’t defending either.  Sit on a fence long enough and you will fall off sometime.  The NRA is taking heavy hits on this one…

Yet Again the NRA Sells Out Freedom to the Democrats

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Monday, June 14th at 3:16PM EDT

In fact, these days I cringe when I see good conservatives with their lifetime member sticker from the NRA on the back of their cars. I support Gun Owners of America, which is a consistent and uncompromising defender of the second amendment, not a weak little girl of an organization protecting itself while throwing everyone else under the bus.

But that’s what the National Rifle Association is doing. You and I are willing to stand together because we know we either stand together or hang separately. The NRA legislative strategy in the past few years has been to hang everybody else so they can be the last man standing — more interested in maintaining the veneer of bipartisanship than actually standing up for the second amendment.

I couldn’t agree more. There are some things you just do not compromise on and those are our God-given freedoms.  Too many legislators seem to think that our freedoms are optional and we won’t mind if they go ahead and modify them.  Well I do and I will continue to fight on all fronts for what I believe in.  Any compromise of freedom, even if that is just doing nothing, is selling out and those involved in this organization should consider carefully what this means.  IF they value our other freedoms as much as they do gun ownership rights then the NRA should suffer some kind of member reaction.

Dems close to campaign finance deal

By JOHN BRESNAHAN 6/14/10 1:23 PM EDT

Updated: 6/15/10 8:51 AM EDT

The NRA had objected to some of the strict financial disclosure provisions that Democrats have proposed for corporations and politically active nonprofits and that had kept moderate, pro-gun Democrats from backing the legislation.

The legislation, offered by Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, would require special-interest groups to disclose their top donors if they choose to run TV ads or send out mass mailings in the final months of an election.

This isn’t the real problem with this legislation or that it excludes any group at all, or the supreme court decision for that matter. It is a combination of both.The real problem in the supreme court decision was that 1)they created law by ruling on an issue specifically excluded and OUTSIDE the scope of the trial, and 2) The legislation excludes ONE organization and only affects donations over $10,000.00 at anytime, or donations of $1,000.00 or more in the last 30 days. (Title II Subsection A Sec. 203 and after)

Freedom of Speech, our first Amendment, is the basis of all other freedoms.  Selling out here is a slippery slope none should tread.  The members of the NRA should think long and hard about their membership in this group.  A consistent history on freedom of any kind would serve better than focusing on only one issue.

If you would like to pass along your opinion of what the NRA is doing call the following  toll-free number.  You will get transferred, but you will get to speak with someone live in the end, trust me.

1-800-672-3888

Tell the NRA NO DEALS, Kill the Disclose Act.  Our freedoms are too precious to be bartered away at any cost.  Don’t deal with freedom the way Monsanto deals with farmers.  After all, it is the Citizens of this country who MAKE UP the NRA.  Not the other way around.  Standing aside is not standing up or taking a stand.  American Citizens deserve better than to have yet another organization sell out to corporate money.

House Leaders Strike Deal With NRA on DISCLOSE Act

By Tory Newmyer, CQ-Roll Call

Taken together, the disposition of those groups — from lukewarm to outright hostile — presents a stiff challenge to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her team as they try to forge ahead with the campaign finance measure.

“The changes will ultimately get this through to the finish line, but we’re not there yet,” one senior Democratic aide said. “We have to cross a couple more T’s and dot some more I’s before anybody is going to pop champagne corks.”

Any time we see deals like this being brokered it is a bad sign. Special interest lobbyists, special interest groups, special interests period are not good for us.

NRA Shoots Loophole Through Campaign Finance Proposal

Adam Lioz Program Director, Progressive Future
Posted: June 16, 2010 01:13 PM

The carve-out is clearly intended only for the NRA – it appears that only a couple of other groups may meet the criteria. [Criteria are: 1 million members; members in all states; c4 status for 10 years; no more than 15% corporate funding; doesn’t pay for campaign activity with corporate funds.]

More important, it creates a huge potential loophole for funneling corporate money into politics without disclosure. NRA will become a magnet for up to $87 million of new corporate funds to funnel into the system through its coffers.

That’s some personal interest the NRA-ILA can look forward to. Do gun owners want to become a funnel for corporate greed, excess, and corruption?  Isn’t that what is already wrong with our current system?

The only thing the NRA has accomplished by all this is the total disgust of the American People.  Selling out for special favors makes the NRA no different than the politicians in D.C. right now.  Talk about bowing to tyranny…

Just a few months ago the head of the NRA, (Wayne LaPierre), spoke of the victory/defeat of freedom of speech after the supreme court decision on Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission and now does a 180?  What’s wrong with this picture?  Can we trust no organizations in this country today?  Faith in things like government, sovereignty, and freedom is getting harder and harder to come by.  No wonder many of us are so jaded and become apathetic.

NRA Sells Out Free Speech Rights For Special Favor

“The NRA has proved itself to be part of the ‘arrogant elite’ it denounced just a few months ago,” said Ebell.  “Unfortunately, the only conclusion is that Mr. LaPierre is a hypocrite and the NRA is just another powerful special interest seeking special treatment.  Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action

“The new word from the NRA is, it’s OK to deny free speech to Americans as long as the NRA gets a carve out,” Ebell said.  “Groups from every part of the political spectrum should vehemently oppose this plan that will chill free speech and participation in American elections.”

The NRA is highly defensive about the allegations of selling out but the legislation speaks volumes about the NRA. Sadly, only American Citizens lose all the way around. Shame on the NRA.  Shame on Congress.

Call the NRA and voice your opinion to them.  Give them a chance to hear the voice of America.  Tell them it is wrong to sell out at any cost.  The price is simply too high!

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~ by justmytruth on June 16, 2010.

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