Many of our readers are familiar with Brandon Webb, the former Navy SEAL who is the proprietor of the popular website SOFRep. Unfortunately, many of those readers are not aware of Mr. Webb’s stance on gun control. After the Newtown shootings, Webb issued the following statements:
I don’t have all the solutions on this issue but I do know that I’m personally ready to compromise to limit mass shootings, and I’m ready to have an intelligent conversation on this issue. If leading gun organizations like the NRA don’t take a leadership role in proposing realistic solutions, then they will have failed to truly represent gun owners.
On December 2nd, Brandon Webb announced that he wanted to run for the NRA’s board of directors, displaying at the same time a startling tone-deafness and an utter lack of understand on what the NRA’s board of directors actually does:
Well folks, it’s time for some new blood at the NRA. We can’t bury our heads in the sand when it comes to firearms legislation. The NRA needs to actively participate in the legislative process not dodge it. (emphasis added) I’ve decided to run for an NRA Board seat and hope I can count on existing members within my network to help me get on the ballot and breathe some new life and young blood into this organization.
The part we bolded is the most ridiculous part of the entire post, and the most tone-deaf thing we’ve read in some time. For Webb to state that the NRA is “dodging” the legislative process displays a tremendous amount of ignorance about what the NRA has done before and after Newtown to preserve our right to keep and bear arms. If ignorance was his only sin, it would be enough for us to note vote for him. However, ignorance of the NRA’s role in defending our rights isn’t his only sin.
His other sin is one I personally share, and it’s hubris. Mr. Webb seems to think that his service to his country as a SEAL shields him from criticism, or from having to answer tough questions about what exactly he means by “compromise.” When asked repeatedly by readers on Facebook and other platforms, Webb has essentially said “I’m a former SEAL sniper, that should be qualification enough.” We all know how well a similar attitude worked for George Kollitides during his unsuccessful bid for an NRA board seat.
Make no mistake: Brandon Webb is a hero who served his country with distinction for years as a SEAL. In no way are we impugning his military credentials or his expertise on military and tactical issues. However, none of that expertise qualifies a person for a seat on the board of the National Rifle Association. Until Brandon Webb is willing to answer the tough questions about what he’s willing to compromise, and educate himself on the role of the NRA in continuing to defend our rights, the team here at Gun Nuts will do everything in our meager power to oppose his election to the NRA’s board of directors.