Barr Says the NRA is Alive and Well

( – Bob Barr, former Republican Representative of Georgia 7 and a long-time member of the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association (NRA), is quite familiar with the games played by gun control advocates and their cohorts in the media who try to convince the American public that the NRA is on the skids and headed to defeat.

He noted that The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been around for 152 years and continues to fulfill its mission of protecting the right to own firearms in America, contrary to the wishful thinking expressed in recent editorials in Newsweek and the suggestion made by Rolling Stone that the NRA is collapsing.

Barr reported that in support of its claim that the NRA is “dying,” the Newsweek piece points to the fact that the organization’s number of paying members—more than four million at present—is somewhat fewer than in previous years. According to the article, the group is “fading,” partly because its revenues are less than they have been in previous years.

Barr said that numerous enrollment-driven organizations have seen decreases in membership and income since the COVID-19 epidemic disrupted their operations in 2020 and 2021, a reality conveniently overlooked by the writers of Newsweek.

The Newsweek editorial fails to adequately address the most important point about the NRA’s fall. Specifically, according to Barr, it fails to account for the number of “legislative triumphs” achieved over the ten years that the article cites as a baseline for the present crisis the NRA is now facing.

The NRA reportedly had only 230 legislative wins between 2003 and 2013, with some of these victories bolstering or expanding the ability to own and carry firearms in states with stricter gun control laws.

However, Barr shows that from 2013 to 2023, the Association also achieved an extra 206 legislative victories.

Notably, except for Massachusetts, every state has seen the many legislative triumphs of the National Rifle Association (NRA), including the rejection of anti-firearm legislation and the passage of laws to safeguard and enhance those vital rights. Overall, it doesn’t seem like an advocacy group is nearing the end of its life.

Meanwhile, a report shows Sen. Chuck Schumer(D-NY)’s newest Second Amendment onslaught on “assault” weapons prohibition and universal background checks was blocked by Senate Republicans. Schumer sought to prohibit 205 weapon types.

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