March 7, 2002
A JPFO Alert from The Liberty Crew
KeepAndBearArms.com — Earlier this week, JPFO
took heat from some readers for criticizing the National Rifle Association's
defense of Dell Computers. Dell had, among other things, cancelled an order
because it came in on a letterhead containing the words "combat
Some thought we were sowing dissent within the Second Amendment movement.
Some thought we were trying for push people into making a choice between JPFO
and the NRA.
It might surprise you to know that in 1994 (after America's battering by the
Brady Bill and in the year we were assaulted by the so-called "assault
weapons" ban), JPFO's executive director, Aaron Zelman, spoke to the NRA
board and made a series of recommendations on how to fight more effectively for
the Second Amendment. You can read that speech at http://www.jpfo.org/speech.htm.
Read it and — with the hindsight of the last eight years — ask yourself
if America and America's gun owners would be better off if the NRA had followed
our advice. Instead, the NRA continued its famous course of
compromise politics. It completely ignored recommendations that would have
helped bring back the Bill of Rights by winning the hearts and minds of
We have to ask: Who is actually responsible if the gun-rights movement is
being divided? Is it people who work aggressively for rights, or people who
stick with politics as usual, even when that's been a losing cause since at
If the NRA doesn't want opposition from gun-rights supporters, the solution
is simple: Let it truly support gun rights. On the day the NRA stops seeking
compromises with our sworn enemies — compromises that only encourage them to
see us as weak and vulnerable — we'll stop criticizing the NRA.
If we can and do criticize the avowed enemies of gun rights (people like
Charles Schumer, Sarah Brady, or Rosie O'Donnell), then even more should we
criticize people who claim to support the Second Amendment, but who use their
power, their PR, and their members' contributions to help erode our rights.
The Liberty Crew
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
PO Box 270143
Hartford, Wisconsin 53027
Order line: 1-800-869-1884 (toll-free!)