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Friday, August 22, 2014

What to Do about JPFO?

Lots of rancor from people I respect about the possibility of the Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership being taken over by the Second Amendment Foundation.

I'm torn here.  I am a longtime Gentile monetary and emotional supporter of JPFO.  I also have sent money to SAF, and am glad for what they have done for the cause of firearms freedom with the Heller, McDonald, Ezell, and Drake cases.  And I love, love the lady Claire Wolfe.  I have read most of her books on freedom, and try to take her advice to heart.  Her Backwoods Home column is always a good read.  And, I like the work David Codrea's been doing for JPFO.  I think it is in the spirit of Aaron Zelman.

But-- this kind of intramural rancor makes me sad.  You sure won't see gun-grabber organizations fighting it out in public.  They may have their private disagreements, but they will unite for the cause.

Shamefully, we apparently can't, because of a personal dislike of Alan Gottlieb by Aaron Zelman, two men whose work I cheered.  So, what to do?

I did sign the petition to keep JPFO independent.  But forgive me if I don't think this is the end of the world if the merger happens.

UPDATE: Oh dear, a very public food fight ensues (see the comments).  This is not good for the cause, people.

UPDATE 2: A reasonable set of compromises.  Yes, possibly.  JPFO does do 2nd Amendment education very well, SAF does indeed do litigation very well, GOA does do legislative vigilance very well, and NRA is excellent at training.  Maybe people should major in their good at.

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