It wasn't that I thought the NRA and its members had some ill intent when I decided to discontinue my membership; it was because of the evermore unlikeable image of the NRA to many people.Odd, that this writer decided that he should quit the NRA because of what OTHER people think.
(You may want to read the original post to GROK the context.)
PERSONAL:I have no objections to his decision to quit the NRA; I've personally quit the NRA a dozen times over the past 50 years .. .for reasons which were personal, and not related to what someone else may think.
I still don't much like the NRA; I get tired of getting "personal emergency letters" from La Pierre, hounding me for more money. I'm retired; I need my money for ammunition
So, "This Guy" quit because of public pressure? Because anti-gun groups, founded by a half-dozen zillionaires, are using their money to turn their own personal preferences into laws which infringe on MY private space?
And "This Guy" has made this decision to quit the battle because his friends and neighbors wonder if he's such a nice guy, after all? He has allowed the opinion of others to prevail upon his personal judgement, because either he is not sure of his own judgement, or he is fearful of the opinion of his neighbors. So who needs him?
(Thought: move to another neighborhood; your neighbors don't deserve you. On second though, because you kowtowed to the opinion of others instead of forming your own judgement, perhaps you deserve them.)America was built by Individualists; people who knew what this country looked like when outsiders, fearing an armed populace, imposed severe restrictions upon their civil rights.
Now these "NEW outsiders" who are nominally INSIDERs are actively trying to impose these same restrictions on me (not us ... ME, personally!)
In 1776 (and before, and later), the OUTSIDERS were the British, who didn't like it that "free men" thought they should have some say about what laws were reasonable, vs those laws which kept them from their freedoms.
Now these new OUTSIDERS are international fat-cats who share the same nationality as we do, but they don't share the same respect for the Constitution.
They want to force us to reject our freedoms, because they fear another revolution. Which is odd, because their actions are driving America into a mini-revolution; one which has already started.
So far, it's a war of words; a war for men's minds.
Here are some words to ponder: