What’s the real story? Will the NRA oppose universal background checks? Or will they allow that legislation to prevent worse bills from going through Congress? I have heard multiple sources say different things and it caused me concern over what is actually the case. On Tuesday, NBC News reported the NRA would not oppose a “background check deal—if Democrats cede a tough records fight.” Evidently the NRA told some members of Congress they would not campaign against the bill. In the same article, however, the head of the NRA-ILA, Chris Cox, was quoted saying, “we do not take positions on hypotheticals. We will make our position known if and when legislation is introduced… To be clear, the National Rifle Association does not support legislation that would criminalize otherwise lawful transfers of firearms between law-abiding Americans.” After reading the article, I began to wonder how its author could make such a claim. The official statement was the NRA would oppose universal background checks, yet the author stated the exact opposite, citing mysterious unnamed “aides familiar with the stalled negotiations.” That same day, the NRA-ILA put out the following statement:
The story posted on NBCNews.com alleges that NRA will not oppose expanding the background check system to include all private firearm sales, “provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks”. This statement is completely untrue. The NRA opposes criminalizing private firearms transfers between law-abiding individuals, and therefore opposes an expansion of the background check system. The NRA supports meaningful efforts to address the problems of violent crime and mass violence in America, through swift and certain prosecution of violent criminals; securing our schools; and fixing our broken mental health system.
So what’s the real story? Why would NBC report something that is so unlike the NRA, categorically untrue and on such flimsy evidence? Well, not to be too Alex-Jonesy, but the answer has a bit of a conspiracy tinge to it. On March 8, Breitbart.com published a blog post discussing the warnings of NSSF president Steve Sanetti about the major media outlets trying to divide gun rights organizations and conquer the quarreling masses. Steve Sanetti stated the NSSF position is improving the background check system, a stance he names “Fix NICS.” Rather than introducing more background checks, the NSSF would like to see the system be more accurate and add restraining orders and psychological disorders to the system. As the shooting sports trade organization, they have before stated the background check fight is not as high on their priority list as it does not directly affect the commercial side of the industry. Sanetti also stated, however, that they oppose universal background checks as it would inevitably lead to a national firearm registry. These clear positions didn’t stop the Washington Post from publishing an article on March 5 entitled “Gun advocates split with NRA on background checks” that claimed the NSSF supported universal background checks.
What does all this mean?
The media is attempting to further split up the gun lobby by convincing the public that certain groups do not have your best interests in mind. If they can continue to fracture the pro-Second Amendment voters and lawmakers with false or misleading news articles, they can make it easier to pass laws that infringe on our rights. While the NRA and NSSF squabble over background checks and other gun rights groups argue over other issues, the gun grabbers in Congress can slip a few bills onto the floor and the votes will be too split on our side to have enough power to vote those bills down. I’m a Greek history buff, so this makes perfect sense. King Phillip told his son, Alexander (eventually The Great), the easiest way to take over the Greek city-states was to diairei kai basileue—or as we say it today—divide and conquer. That is exactly what is happening RIGHT NOW! The media (and groups like Mayors Against Illegal Guns) are trying to split up the pro-2A factions in Congress and convince people like you and me that we should support or not support a certain group because they aren’t looking out for our interests. Now it is more important than ever to stand behind all of our gun rights lobbyists and support the people who are fighting this fight on Capitol Hill and in statehouses all over America. Don’t let the gun-grabbers play mind-games with you. Don’t be a victim of their propaganda. Don’t let them infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.
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