The Joseph Project
Changing Gun Laws in America and the NRA
NRA Files for Bankruptcy
As with so many other unpredicted events in 2020, the NRA filed for bankruptcy and the drive towards truth and integrity in media in government has finally confirmed that it has a pulse.
To be honest, now is the time to chase down the lame duck, and put an end to the NRA lobby forever. Those with legitimate votes for gun possession, can and should continue to peacefully express their position and decide who they want representing them in government. They have every right to defend the reason why we still need to have the Second Amendment, but that argument should be argued on it's merits (if there are any) and not on money funneled into GOP re-elections (if there are any).
We Are Not Against the NRA
You heard it right. The NRA is not an organization, looking for members. It is members who created a voice. We support the existence of the NRA, as a voice for those who hold a position on guns, even one which we are dead set against.
The problem is not the NRA. If anything, it is a way for society to interact more completely with gun owners in one place. The problem is any politician or political party who make decisions about gun legislation, because of fear or consequences, real or perceived, financial or non-financial, from the NRA.
Politicians must represent the people and positions of American's, and they must be allowed to be swayed by their own consciences. The power of the NRA to manipulate and sway position is not the fault of the NRA, but instead the fault of gutless representation.
This said we are against most stated positions of the NRA. We believe that their speech is legal and must be protected.
A New Plan To Change Gun Laws
The NRA has become one of the most successful lobbies in the history of the United States. Yet it has only five million members. And yet, it has managed to strong hold the entire republican party, insuring that laws stay on the books which make weapons of war available to everyone who hasn't been proven to be a hardened criminal or a lunatic.
And yet recent polls show that the vast majority of Americans favor stricter gun control.
So, here is a new plan and a challenge to America:
Start a new organization. Call it whatever we want, the Gun Abolishment Plan or the American Gun Control Lobby. Ask half of America, about 150 million people, to join and give $10. Devote as much of that $1.5 billion in funding, other than overhead, to going straight to a target goal of turning America into a more peaceful nation, which allows only those who demonstrate that they are qualified (I'm thinking, Japan standards) to carry certain non-automatic weapons. Dwarf the funding that the NRA uses to blackmail congress into rewarding those politicians who get serious about true, impactful abolishment of weapons on our soil.