This stupid crap has got to stop. As much as I admire the JPFO for their adamant stance on the 2nd Amendment, we don’t actually gain anything by sub-dividing and fighting amongst ourselves. At Snowflakes, Sebastian does a pretty good job of summing up how I feel about this sort of thing.
Seriously, that’s not going to help anything. Going after Joaquin Jackson for what he said was fine, but undermining other pro-gun groups and promoting the fragmentation of the movement help no one.
Especially when Mr. Jackson has already explained what he was trying to say right here at the NRA-ILA.
You don’t like what Mr. Jackson said? That’s fine, you’re entitled to your own opinion. However, calling for a “Zumboing” or similar silliness is not only foolish, it’s downright idiotic. Do you even remember what happened in the media after the Zumbo thing? All the mainstream media took the holy fervor with which we eagerly consumed one of our own and used it to paint us as extremist, reactionary nutcases.
Just because Zumbo apologized and is now apparently a “true believer” doesn’t mean that we should ignore the consequences of our actions. In the haste to eradicate “Fuddism” or somesuch from our holy, pure ideals, we run the risk of alienating people that we actually need on our side to win this thing.
What’s funny about all of this is that I actually am a 2nd Amendment extremist. I believe that “shall not be infringed” means exactly that; I think that what Mr. Jackson said was foolish and not well thought out. But that doesn’t mean that I’m willing to pillory a valuable member of the single most effective pro-gun organization in the country just I can feel good about myself and how I’m “contributing to the cause”.
When it comes to gun rights, the JPFO, the GOA, and all the organizations other than the NRA do serve a valuable purpose – I think that we need those groups to contribute to the larger body as a whole. But when those groups instigate fights with the NRA, it doesn’t help. We need the NRA, and the NRA needs us; Hunters, Cowboy Action Shooters, Tacticool Teddy’s, and everyone else. This is exactly the kind of foolishness that we don’t need.
Even more so than the JPFO, I’m a little disappointed in Kim’s reaction to all this. He was one of the first bloggers I read, and part of the reasons I got into blogging. His reach is over 9,000 unique hits a day, and it pains me to think that he’s more than happy to continue to incite people to subdivide and fight amongst ourselves. Yelling at the NRA and eating another one of our own just isn’t going to help any one.
Update: This quote from Robb is too good to leave in the comments.
I want the group to use my money to fight the gun grabbers, not other pro-gun groups.