1. Chris says:

    Um, I hope this post wasn’t in response to my comment. I was just looking for someone who might be able to confirm a rumor.

  2. dogface says:

    SB 43 is alive and breathing. The “hysterical teenage girls” (a.k.a., the NRA) are hell-bent on attaching it as an amendment to some other bill. Stay tuned.

    By the way, loved Jace’s letter to Wayne LaPierre and the DC NRA folks.


    My Letter to the NRA
    March 30, 2007

    As I told Senator Douglas in an e-mail last night, I wrote a letter to Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox (Chief Lobbyist) of the National Rifle Association, asking them to cancel my Life Membership and remove my name from all mailing lists. Here is a copy of the letter:

    Mr. LaPierre and Mr. Cox:

    I am writing to inform you that I wish to cancel my life membership in the National Rifle Association effective immediately. When I joined the NRA three years ago, I was under the impression that I was joining a grassroots organization which fought to protect our Second Amendment rights. In a previous letter written to Mr. LaPierre, I voiced my concern that the organization had become less and less driven from the bottom up, more centralized, and less in touch with its members, and I offered a couple of humble suggestions to keep the everyday members involved. Evidently, my concern fell on deaf ears.

    Senate Bill 43, introduced in the Georgia State Senate during the 2007 session, was a pro-gun bill. Yes. But “pro-gun” does not necessarily mean “pro-Second Amendment”. In fact, the bill was far from being “pro-liberty” and “pro-constitution”. The Constitution, along with our Bill of Rights, is based on the concept of liberty and the natural rights of man. We have the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. And the founding fathers put into place a system which would ensure that these rights were protected–private property. Private property provides us with a zone of privacy where we are free to exercise our own free-will without fear of intrusion. In a very real way, private property is the one liberty that ensures all others.

    Senate Bill 43 was a blatant assault on private property rights. It would, in essence, limit my rights as a property owner. It would have mandated that private property owners have no right to control what is acceptable on their private property. In the same way the state-wide smoking ban attacked private property rights by forcing property owners to prohibit the use of legal products; Senate Bill 43 would take away the rights of a private property owner to willfully prohibit certain items. After all, if the government can tell a private property owner that he MUST allow guns on his property against his will, where does it stop? What else can the government force him to have on his property? Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose. Individual liberties do not interfere with one another, and they certainly do not cancel each other out. Senate Bill 43 is not based on the concept of individual liberty. The Second Amendment is. Therefore, Senate Bill 43 is not a pro-Second Amendment bill.

    In addition to using my donation money to push an anti-individual rights bill, you used bullying and scare tactics to try and get it through. Let me make something clear. I did not donate month after month so that you could push around pro-gun Senators like a school yard bully. I did not donate month after month so that you could threaten Senators will “F” grades if they voted against an anti-individual rights bill. And I certainly did not donate month after month so you could send out misleading, hysterical press-releases calling some of Georgia’s most ardent supporters of the second amendment liars. I’m referring to the press release sent out by Chris Cox after SB 43 failed to make it onto the floor. In that press release, Mr. Cox said that we were being misled by big-government, big business, and anti-gun politicians. The only group misleading us was the NRA.

    Your credibility is ruined. Your message is extremely flawed. You’ve managed to alienate almost all of your most ardent supporters. For what? So you could stick your chest out and boast about how you have the power over politicians?

    You owe every member of the National Rifle Association and explanation and an apology. You also owe every Senator in the Georgia State Senate an apology for your bullying. It is way past time that the NRA took a good look in the mirror. You need to reexamine your purpose in the political system. You need to rediscover why you achieved your power. Without the grassroots, your organization is nothing. And you completely ignored the grassroots while trying to push this bill. I hope that in the future, you will fight to protect our individual rights, not assault them. Thank you for your time.


    Jace A. Walden
    Former Life Member


  3. Erick says:

    It was in response to your post, but only after I did some digging and got confirmation that, in fact, the NRA has maneuvered to resurrect the bill.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    Can someone please let us know who in the Senate has brought SB 43 back from the dead? They need to be held accountable for this bad policy proposal.

  5. Doug Deal says:

    Nothing kills a freedom more quickly than supporters who go around alienating themselves from everyone else by acting like a bunch of crazies.

    Are you sure the NRA isn’t working to curtail gun freedom?

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