It took me a while for my brain to distill this simple concept. I am sure somebody else had said something similar using different words.
If you ask Gun Owners what we should do to make progress regarding Gun Rights, 9 out of 10 answers will be stuff like “No compromise”, “Respect for the First and Second Amendment,” “elimination of NFA” and stuff like that. Those are goals or general philosophical platitudes, but not strategy, not what needs to be done to win.
In a discussion in Facebook about the NRA lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen and the need for a new set of headliners, once again I saw the same generic philosophical stuff and I decided to add my ideas of what the NRA should do to face the new dangers:
1) We need financing. and I mean 9 figures worth. We are fighting against Big Capital now and we need the ammunition to do so.
2) We need nasty lawyers. We need effing buccaneers to go to court and suit the crap out of Chase and Cuomo and whomever is trying to screw us and make them bleed financially. Do keep the cool collected lawyer cats that will argue the fine points of the Constitution, but let us have a corps of assholes with legal yellow pads.
3) We need more and more effective lobbyists. Not quite “bucannerish” but I do want the best relentless suckers that will go to DC and make a pain of themselves till we win.
4) Teaching State Organizations to be also smart fighters. Train local lawyers to craft legislation and teach local people how to lobby effectively. We lost that or maybe we never did have it. This is what Everytown is fighting now to great success and we should be copying and improving on the formula.
That is not a full list or perhaps even a smart one, but it is stuff that needs to be done and not talk about it.
If we keep the effort in the collegiate contemplative level, I fear we are headed for disaster.