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198404 The NRA

198404 The NRA

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There
Is
Serious
Trouble
BrewingAt
THE
N.R.A.
Alan
Stang
isauthorof
It's
VerySimple;
The
Actor;
and,
The
HighestVirtue.
Hisweekdayradiocommentary,
"TheAlan
StangReport,
"
isheardna-tionwide.Mr.StangholdsaMaster'sDegreefromColumbiaUniversity.
A
DESPERATE
battle
isapproachinganotherclimaxasyourreportersetsthisdown;desperatebecauseitisvitally
important
toallAmericans.Itsoutcomewill
playa
considerable
part
indeterminingwhetheryoucontinuetoenjoy
the
legalrighttokeep
and
beararms.Itisa
battle
between
monumental
personalities;
adisagreement
about
legaltechnicalities
APRIL,19
84
withpotentiallystaggeringeffects.Itisa
battle
betweengoodpeople,
the
:
~
falloutfromwhichcouldneverthe-
g
less
delight
the
subversiveswho
8
wouldlovenothing
better
than
the
.
~
disarmament
ofAmericancitizens.
~
The
NationalRifleAssociationis
~
oneofthebiggestorganizationsin
i
the
world.
Its
2.8millionmembers
~
outnumber
thepopulationsofmany
1;
<::l
23
 
membernationsof
the
U.N.Formore
than
ahundredyearsithasstoodfortheSecondAmendment.Inthe
last
fewyears,itsmembershiphastripled,asAmericanswhoareworried
about
the
threat
posedto
that
Amendmenthavejoined.Inan
organization
so
vast,
factionsinevitablyarise.Inthe
N.RA.,
oneofthosefactionsisknownastheOldGuard.As1977
approached,
the
OldGuardwaspreparingtomakesomedramaticchanges.
The
politicalbattleagainstthesubversioncalled
"gun
control"wastobemuted.Indeed,theheadquartersbuildinginWashingtonwastobesold.
The
organizationwastomovetoColorado.Membersbegantocomplain
that,
henceforth,N
.RA.
wouldbecome
at
least
part
environmentalist,protecting
pansies
and
speakingsoprano.Sub
stantial
foundationmoney
attached
to
the
usualstringsappearedasaninducement.Indeed,
at
the1977
annual
conventionoftheN
.RA.
inCincinnati,an
article
reprinted
from
AMERICAN
OPINION
'Ssisterweekly,
The
ReviewOf
The
News
,
sawwidedistribution.
The
author
ofthepiecewas
RD.
Patrick
Mahoney,acareerAirForcesergeantwithserviceinVietnam,whoisa
member
of
the
Special
ForcesDecadeAssociation.Mahoneyrevealed,forinstance,
that
RobertO.AndersonwasbehindtheproposedN
.RA.
change.Andersonistheboss
at
AtlanticRichfield.Heisalso
the
boss
at
theAspen
Institute
ofHumanisticStudies,whichhasbeenfrontallyassaultingournationalindependenceinfavoroftheinterdependenceofworldgovernment.HeisacloseassociateofTrilateralCommissionchairmanDavidRockefeller,inwhose
apartmen
thestayswhenhevisitsNewYork.Mahoney'srevelations
about
apo-
24
tential
"Liberal"
coup
werefuelonthefire.At
the
1977convention,
N.RA.
membersstaged
what
becameknownastheCincinnatiRevolt.
The
ruleswerechanged.
The
movetoColoradowas
stopped.
The
OldGuardwasapparentlydeposedbytroopsfrom
theFederation
For
N
.RA
.And,HarlonCarterwasmadeexecutivevicepresident.Mr.Carter
named
FederationleaderNealKnoxdirectorof
N.RA.'s
lobby,theInsti
tute
forLegislativeAction.Everythingseemedingoodhands.Regrettably,the
battle
forcontrolofN.RA.continued.In
the
springof1982,CarterfiredKnox.AttheMay1983conventioninPhoenix,Knox'sforceswererouted.In
Janu-
ary1984,NealKnoxwasthrownofftheboard.
Each
sidesays
the
otherisdestroyingN
.RA.
Let'slook
at
the
issues
and
at
what
theopposingleaderstoldus.
IsThisGunRegistration?
The
1968GunControlActis
the
boldest
attempt
by
the
gungrabberssincetheBritishset
out
fromBostonforConcordonApril19,1775.A
gunner
whofallsafoulof
its
byzantinebookkeepingrequirementsgetsworse
treatment
than
arapist.Manywho
didn't
evenknowthey
had
committeda
"crime"
havewoundupinjailforseveralyearsas"felons."Collectivistsusedtheassassinationsof
Martin
Luther
King
and
BobbyKennedy,the
man
who
tapped
King'stelephone,asspuriousjustificationforalaw
that
hassettheSecondAmendmentonitsear.Sincethen,therehavebeenmany
attempts
torepealtheGunControlActof1968,allunsuccessful.Foryears,Senator
Jim
McClure,the
Ida
ho
Republican,
and
Congressman
HaroldVolkmer,theMissouriDemocrat,havebeenfightingfortheirbill
that
wouldclipG.C.A.'swings.
AMERI
CAN
OPINION
 
AbattleisbeingwagedforcontroloftheNational.RifleAssociation,anorganizationwith2.8millionmemberswhichhasstaunchlydefendedtheSecondAmendment.TheblowupinvolvesN.R.A.endorsementofamendmentsthatwouldcrippletheMcClure-Volkmerbilltodealwiththe1968GunControlAct.
The
ReaganTreasury
Department
in
turn
hasproposed
amendments
that
would
crippleMcClure-Volkmer;
and,
thelatest
N
.RA.
blowuporiginatesin
the
fact
that
the
NationalRifleAssociationhasendorsed
the
cripplingTreasury
amendments.
The
FederationForN.RA.publisheda
supplement
for
the
Phoenixconventionin
the
April22,1983,issueof
theinfluentialjournal
Gun
Week.
Init,WilliamGreifwrites
that
WarrenCassidy,NealKnox'ssuccessorasdirectoroftheN
.RA
.lobbyI.L.A.,askedSenatorMcCluretointroduceanamendedMcClureVolkmerbill:"one
that
substantiallymodifiedornullifiedeverysignifi
cant
provisionin
the
originalbill;
the
N.R.A.
proposalcontained
a
14-daywaitingperiod
and
policebackgroundcheckon
handgun
purchasers."
GreifsaysSenatorMcClurerefusedtoacceptthis,asdidCongressmanVolkmer.
"When
Sen.McClure'sofficediscovered
the
waitingperiodlanguagein
the
N
.RA
.proposal,
and
asked
N.RA.
about
it,anN
.RA.
stafferreplied
that
thebillhadcontained
the
waitingperiod'byanoversight.'AformerCapitolHillstaffercommented,.'WehaveachoiceofdecidingwhetherN.RA.isbeingrunbycompromisersorincompetents.'"ByOctober13,1983,the"respect-
APRIL,19
84
able"
imagebeingfashionedby,Car
terand
Cassidywas
taking
shapetosuchan
extent
that
Rolling
Ston
e
waspraisingN
.RA.
This
wasadevelop
mentabout
aspredictableasthepos
sibility
that
Yasir
Arafat
wouldpraiseTelAviv.
Rolling
Stone
isarock-musicperiodical
that
started
asanundergroundnewspaper
and
remainsanoutletforFarLeftcauses.Ithasoften
attacked
N
.RA
.Indeed,WrightBledsoewritesin
GunWeek
that
RollingStone's
editor
and
publisheris
chairman
ofanewanti-gunfoundation.Now,inanarticlebystaffwriterFredEpstein,
Rolling
Ston
e
praises
N.RA
.forhaving
"shed
itsguns
'n'
blusterimage.It'stryingtomake
shooting
respectable
again
."
We
didn't
knowit
wasn't
respectable.EpsteinquotedN
.RA.-I.L.A
.lobbyistCassidyasfollows:"Sure,wewerefearedinsomecircleson
the
gunissue
..
.
but
weweren'trespected,
and
wecertainlyweren'tliked.Wesufferedfromaverypoorpublicimage."WrightBledsoe,of
GunWeek,
disagrees:
"Rolling
Ston
e
mighthavebeen
startled
tosee
the
Decision.
MakingInformation
(DMI)polls
that
itassumeswerenegativetoN
.RA
.,
and
positiveforanti-gungroups.In1978,whenN.R.A.-I.L.A. wasbeingcastigatedby
the
pressfor25

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