In the first part of this series, I exposed the phony “march on Washington” planned for next year by several “gun rights” groups, including the NRA. In fairness, I acknowledged that Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (one of the event’s sponsors) seems to genuinely be a legitimate organization that opposes restrictions to the Second Amendment. While I made an attempt to verify Gun Owners of America’s stance, as I have known them to also be such an upstanding organization, I could not, at the time, find a clear indication of their stance on concealed carry laws while examining the latest version of their website. In my estimation, this would indicate whether they accept compromises of the Second Amendment or not. This is, in my opinion, the true litmus test of all who claim to “defend” the Second Amendment, for, if one truly defends the Amendment, then one must, without reservation, oppose any and all alterations of it, which would include all gun laws that are now on the books, as well as any that are proposed. Some call this an “extreme” position, but, if defending the Constitution as the founders wrote and intended it is “extreme,” then, yes, I am an extremist and damned proud of it.

In any case, I want to focus, in particular, on the NRA, at this point, because I believe it to be the most egregious offender when it comes to misleading gun owners about their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Continuing in that vein, I did further research into the NRA’s backing of several gun control laws:

  • 1934 National Firearms Act, which was the “Mother of All Gun Control Laws,” was supported by the NRA. This law, which clearly violated the Second Amendment, has been allowed to stand for 75 years and is the foundation upon which further erosions of the Second Amendment have been built.

  • Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986, AKA the Hardy Law: This law was passed in May 1986 to amend the Gun Control Act of 1968 (scroll down the page in this document to read a 1968 article in the NRA’s publication, The American Rifleman to see how they defended their position on the Gun Control Act), which was illegal, in the first place, as it violates the Second Amendment. Even though Hardy “liberalizes” the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is the NRA’s enthusiastic support of Hardy – as opposed to demanding the full repeal of the Gun Control Act of 1968, that is suspicious. Again, if the NRA is truly a “defender” of the Second Amendment, as it claims to be, then why does it consistently support layer upon layer of additions to the existing accumulation of gun control laws, all of which violate the very Amendment the NRA claims to defend?

  • Mississippi SB2036 is a recently passed bill (mentioned in the first part of this article) which sneakily promised to “protect” gun owners in Mississippi from firearms confiscations in the event of martial law. Aside from the ominous overtones of this bill (how does Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant know there will be martial law in Mississippi?), the bill, as passed into law, only describes the conditions under which the state may confiscate guns, rather than protecting gun owners from such confiscations, as the Lt. Gov. and the media reported the bill would do. Of course, the NRA supported this bill, as well.

  • H.R. 2640, or the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Pat Leahy and backed by the NRA, is a bill that adds “a massive expansion of the NICS check, otherwise known as the Brady Registration Act.

People who claim to protect something – whatever it may be – usually act accordingly. In other words, they act to protect whatever it is they deem needs protection. People who claim to protect something and then act to undermine protections for it are called, at best, liars. When the people in question are a multi-billion dollar budgeted organization with millions of members who claim to protect a fundamental part of our nation’s founding document and the freedoms it represents – and then act to undermine that very same document by supporting the continual addition of laws that violate it, they are called, at best, traitors.