Screw you, NRA

The NRA has released a Statement on Bump Fire Stock Rule. Feel free to read it, but I can paraphrase their five paragraphs in a few words:

Don’t blame us. We only wanted regulation under the NFA, registration, taxes, and a ban on new stocks. And our compromise saved us from other bans. Let’s work together.

Wayne LaPierre, or Chris Cox. It’s hard to tell them apart sometimes.

The preemptive surrender monkeys of the NRA asked for the ATF to regulate bump-fire stocks as National Firearms Act items. They asked for this as nearly the entire politico-media industrial complex was saying that bump-fire stocks turn semiautomatic rifles into machineguns.

And just in case it wasn’t clear enough, the NRA told them: “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

Does that language sound familiar?

What type of NFA item did the NRA think the ATF would call them? I recall when the NRA helped draft a city “assault weapon ban” and similarly claimed they were preventing something worse. It didn’t. And the NRA version even banned SKSs with fixed ten-round magazines.

Capitulating on “bump-fire stocks turn guns into machineguns” before anyone even entered a bill merely signalled to the gun control crowd that they’re fair game, and open season. It told their pet RINOs that they would not be held responsible for human/civil rights infringement. Semiauto ban bills were then entered.

The NRA claims there could have been an amnesty for existing bump-fire stocks, as provided for in the Gun Control Act of 1968, and gives an example from 1981. Apparently they completely forgot their complicity in the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 that completely closed off any possible amnesty for anything built or imported after the May 1986 deadline. (For that matter, the NRA was complicit in the NFA, claiming it would have been worse without them caving on militia grade weapons for militia members.)

If the NRA wanted an amnesty to register existing bump-fire stocks, it had to be through legislation to change the complete ban on new machineguns in FOPA. By going the ATF regulation route, they guaranteed a ban on bumpfire stocks. The Zelman Partisans have been pointing out this problem for months. The NRA didn’t notice until the rule was signed (and the problem of a semi-auto ban because they can be easily converted to “machinegun” with bump-fire stocks, the same way we lost open-bolt semi-autos)?

The NRA told the ATF to regulate these inert chunks of plastic as machineguns, and then act shocked that FOPA applies.

Either the NRA is staffed with complete idiots, or it was just another cunning plan to push rights violations so they could then fundraise to “fight” the rights violation. Or buy Wayne a limo; whichever makes him happier.

“It’s critical that all gun owners unite and prevent the Bloomberg-bought Congress from dismantling our Second Amendment freedom.”

It is critical for all gun owners to unite. Folks, it isn’t your grand dad’s NRA anymore, and it’s too far gone to ever fix and make into whatever you imagine the NRA once was. The NRA has been doing this for more than two decades. I quit the NRA over it in the mid ’90s. It’s past time to tell them you aren’t buying this load of manure anymore.

Take your time, money, and effort to someone who will work for you, instead of the NRA which consistently — NFA, GCA, FOPA, GFSZA, Brady, constitutional carry, ERPOs, bump-fire — works against you and your rights.

 

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8 thoughts on “Screw you, NRA”

  1. One quibble ….
    It IS Granddads NRA , after all Granddads NRA gave us the NFA to start with . Not a thing has changed . They still know that if they actually secure gun rights they are out of a cushy job .

  2. One can still “bump fire” without the stock. YouTube is full of examples. But the ATF definition is flawed because the trigger finger continuously manipulates the trigger, just with assistance, and can be done with just the finger alone. Any English Professor will tell you the same that the definition makes no sense.
    The term “machine gun” includes bump-stock-type devices, i.e., devices that allow a semiautomatic firearm to shoot more than one shot with a single pull of the trigger by harnessing the recoil energy of the semiautomatic firearm to which it is affixed so that the trigger resets and continues firing without additional physical manipulation of the trigger by the shooter.
    Just search YouTube for “bump fire without a bump stock”.

  3. Geoff,
    You are laboring under the mistaken belief that the BATFE gives a care what wording they use, or what the bump stock actually does. They are only doing what is expedient.
    It is of course, the problem with the police making the laws. When you let the BATFE bureaucrats write gun laws, they are going to write them however they feel like, to make their jobs easier, and to ensure a constant flow of money to their budget each year.
    The problem with the bump stock ruling is not, as has been pointed out, bump stocks, but the slippery slope which those stocks sit upon. Because we all know that once the proverbial camel’s nose is under the tent, more fun and games will follow.

    The fact that the Democrats took control of the House of Reps is of little consequence. Because the Republicans screwed America’s gun owners just as hard and dry as the Democrats ever will. They had both chambers of the congress, and the President, and they still would not pass even the one bill that I thought had a chance, that of concealed carry reciprocity. I have gotten Emails from various gun rights groups since the election, saying that we must act NOW!, before the new congress is seated, to force the bill through the Senate, and get the president to sign it. I toss them right onto the spam pile. Because if they could not muster the intestinal fortitude to do it in the previous 24 months, they for certain won’t do it in the last month before the new House is seated.
    The NRA has, of course, been consistent in their poor decision making, and betrayal of gun owners. I joined the GOA last year, and I have to admit that I rejoined the NRA also. I have actually been satisfied with the GOA, for the most part, but the NRA never fails to disappoint. And they think that by electing Oliver North as the figurehead is somehow going to help things. Great idea, elect a polarizing figure to be the boss, when you are trying to increase membership.
    It does seem that the larger their membership gets, the less that the NRA listens to what the members desire. I think that they should go back to training people how to shoot, and how to be safe with guns. That is about the only thing that they are really good at, but fighting for our rights seems to be both at the top of their agenda, and at the low end of their expertise. I predict bad things for the NRA, as people become more and more fed up with them.

    1. I am afraid that you are laboring under the misguided belief that people who own guns are all the same. Some will follow the letter of the law, and turn their now illegal personal property over to the government, even if it is an ex post facto law that is supposed to be illegal itself. And then some will take and hide their property and not allow the illegal ruling by a non-elected body to force them to give up something without any compensation.
      Of course, most gun owners will just ignore the entire issue, and if they have a bump stock, put it in the back of the closet and forget it.
      As to the entire self image of law abiding, again you are laboring under the mistaken idea that you can label gun owners and think that your opinion actually makes a bit of difference to us. Because when you start saying things like this facetious bit of drivel, you have lost any credibility before you even started.

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