When you are in a war you always have to keep the end objective in mind. Is it merely to win the battle or ultimately to win the war? That seems to be the issue right now for the National Rifle Association.
The question for the NRA is who is the real enemy. Is it Ackerman McQueen or anti-rights groups like Brady United Against Gun Violence? It seems that this focus has eluded the outside attorneys for the NRA in their efforts to win the Federal lawsuit against AckMc.
The reply by the NRA filed with the US District Court in Dallas has given the anti-rights forces such as Brady, Media Matters, and others plenty of ammunition.
For example from a Brady email sent out night:
In more bad news for the NRA, newly uncovered court filings show that NRA executives themselves thought NRATV was blatantly racist. Yet they continued to let it air.
The timing is convenient: It’s been unearthed that the NRA opposed its own racist content only now that it’s in court against its longtime PR firm, Ackerman McQueen.
This proves what we have long known: that the NRA will peddle any lie in order to protect its own interest — which is to sell more guns, no matter what the cost. But we’re calling them out. We won’t let them pretend they didn’t condone outright racism. They knew what they were selling.
And there is this from Media Matters:
The National Rifle Associated admitted in a legal filing that its former media operation NRATV was viewed by NRA leadership as racist and that the project’s programming “often became viewed as a dystopian cultural rant.” That is true, but the messaging at NRATV was largely indistinguishable from the racist paranoid rantings of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.
Michael Collins of Brewer, Attorneys and Counselors, may have thought including that inflammatory condemnation of NRATV in his court filings was wise. His goal after all is to savage AckMac so as to win this case.
Our blood enemies are those who would deprive us of our God-given rights to an armed self-defense. They will use anything and everything against us. Since much of their strategy involves using propaganda, the use of ill-chosen words that can come back to haunt us is self-defeating. We need to be smarter and we should demand that attorneys for Second Amendment organizations likewise be smarter.
The NRA and outside counsel Michael Collins should have remembered Napoleon’s advice – “when the enemy is making a false movement we must take good care not to interrupt him.” They have just given our blood enemies that “false movement”.
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“The question for the NRA is who is the real enemy.”
As currently composed, it is anyone that threatens Wayne’s and/or Brewer’s gravy train.
I hate to say it but you’ve hit the nail on the head.
The Brewer column in the NRA magazine was disgusting. It could have been written by one of Stalin’s toadies.
Has anyone else noticed that a staple fund raiser of the NRA-the sweepstakes with all the guns in the world-has gone away. Are the manufacturers staying away from the mess or has the NRA internal operation been affected by the chaos. Perhaps they are still raising money with cold calls but that is buried in all the other junk calls I don’t answer.
Was this in the last issue of American Rifleman?
I get Shooting Illustrated but I think the magazines have all these columns in common.
Our blood enemies are those who would deprive us of our God-given rights to an armed self-defense. They will use anything and everything against us. Since much of their strategy involves using propaganda, the use of ill-chosen words that can come back to haunt us is self-defeating.
The problem is that the whole situation has started and gone public. It doesn’t help that the lawyers are using stupid language, but no matter what gets said they were going to use any scrap out of this to attack the NRA and us. It’s not like taking things out of context is unprecedented for Bloomberg, the Demanding Mommies, or any of them.
The battle to not enable our enemies is lost. It was lost the moment this turned into a public fight with argument by legal filing or press release.
I’m pretty naive about what really happened; as you say in a later piece this just looks like a bitter divorce. “He said, she said,” taken to the worst extremes.
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