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January 10, 2013

NRA Membership Soars By 100,000 In 18 Days

Not having it.

“Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over,” a member of the organization tells Playbook this morning.

It's both good and bad that people are more connected to politics: It's good to see people actually doing their civic duty and expressing their opinions in tangible ways.

It's bad because it's only in bad times that Americans seem to care about politics -- our habit of being apolitical, and not even bothering to vote, seems to have come during the fat, contented years of the fifties and sixties. Now that times have turned officially interesting again (per the old aphorism, "may you be cursed to live in interesting times"), people are rediscovering that these things matter.

Meanwhile, Powerline notes how the left keeps shooting the same old blanks on gun control (click through Instapundit's link).

[Update - Andy]: Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force Meeting:

The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not.



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