To me, the NRA is now part of the problem.
Allow me to explain myself. This is going to be a long read, but I feel it is important to give you the full picture.
According to Wayne LaPierre himself, he is working with Rep. McCarthy and other anti-gunners on gun control legislation. You may remember Rep. McCarthy as the lady that is trying to get the new Assault Weapons Ban bill passed. If you have not read about what all will be banned in the new AWB you really should read it.
Also, the NRA's conduct in the Parker case can only be described as abhorrent. For those not familiar with the case I am talking about I will recap. Parker was the case in which the D.C. court of appeals ruled that the Second Amendment of the Federal Constitution confers an individual right to the citizen of D.C., thus they have the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms in their homes in a manner they choose. Where the NRA comes in is that first they tried to bring in their own case which was not perfect. Let me make it clear that Parker was *the* most perfect case we could bring against the DC gun ban. It was not a criminal trying to keep his guns. It was not advocating people be able to carry guns in public. It was a case that was narrowly tailored with honorable people.
So, the NRA realizes that their case is going to fail, and as well it should because it was poorly planned. They then try to MERGE the two cases. This was rejected out of hand. They appeal and it is again struck down. Once they realize they are not going to get a piece of this fantastic Second Amendment pie, they get people in congress to introduce legislation that would in effect negate any win that Parker had. In fairness, I must mentioned that the NRA issued an amicus brief in support of parker at the last minute. Though I imagine they only did this so they could save face with their membership and say they had a hand in helping Parker along.
And finally the part I find most reprehensible, the NRA killed legislation (HB 89) that Georgia Carry Organization, an organization that I am a member of, was successful in pushing though the state House . HB 89 would allow anyone, not just persons with a Georgia Firearms license, to put their legally owned firearm anywhere in the car they so desired; whereas currently you must have a GFL to do so. We got it through the House and into the Senate. Once in the Senate we got it pushed through the Judiciary committee and then it went into the Rules committee. And that is where it sat.
It sits there because the NRA had a piece of legislation they too wanted to make law in Georgia. Their bill, SB 43, was a bill that would allow employees to keep legally owned firearms in their cars on their employer's property without penalty. It seems like a good bill at first glance, but on further inspection you will find that the NRA compromised heavily in making provisions for lots that have gates or have 'guards' and the like. Furthermore, there was an issue of property rights vs gun rights in the middle of all this. That issue was what stalled their bill. The NRA turned up the pressure on Georgia legislators and told them if they did not pass their bill then they would give them a failing grade. Our Assemblypersons did not take that threat kindly and in a collective FU effectively killed off their legislation.
So out of options, the NRA turned their sights on the only pro gun bill in the Senate. They had their language from SB 43 added into our HB 89. With the NRA having left a bad taste in their mouth the members of the Rules committee decided not to vote to allow a full vote of HB 89 on the Ga Senate floor. This left our bill to just sit there as the current session of the General Assembly closed until next year. Our efforts to get good law passed was thwarted by the NRA.
To me, the NRA is now part of the problem