August 20, 2007, 05:12 PM
The most recent issue of National Review discusses what most of us already know; the NRA is the only gun rights organization that has any clout in Congress, and is the only one feared by those who otherwise would openly seek more gun control. With membership down from the high point during the 2000 presidential election, foes of the 2A can well believe that the day of the NRA is fading. We need to tell our fellow gun owners, hunters, and those who believe in individual rights to join the NRA. The power of the NRA is directly related to the size of the organization. And right now it seems clear to me that the NRA will endorse Fred Thompson when he officially announces for the Presidency (most likely to happen right after Labor Day). Boosting the membership of the NRA and throwing our support en masse to Fred Thompson would be the most effective way for 2A supporters to play a key role in this election. Personnally I believe that Fred Thompson is a genuine conservative who actually supports the 2A as opposed to feigning support for political advantage with the Repubican base. I believe he can win, and if we make it known that as NRA members we support him, I think we can make the difference and carry the day for our gun rights in 2008. If you would like to make a POLITICAL COMMENT to this subject, without specific activism, follow this thread on the Firing Line.