No One Wants the NRA Again

Following the horrific incident at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the National Rifle Association (NRA) once again finds itself in the news.

The gun lobby is frequently blamed for anti-gun regulation attitudes, but Timothy Carney rightly explains what prevents gun control campaigners from moving further.

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Carney remarked on May 25: “What they are combating is a subculture.”

Guns on Social Media

The subculture of which Carney speaks is pervasive across American society.

Online, young adults pose with their weapons and the most recent animal they killed. Representatives use social media to showcase their weapons collections. The appearance is distinct, but the basic philosophy is identical.

Guns are a vital element in the lives of many individuals. Involvement in politics for gun rights is a grassroots movement fueled by instances of historical rebellion.

There are bumper stickers, laptop covers, and water bottles with phrases such as “Don’t Tread on Me” and “Come and Take It.”

If you went to a political rally at the height of the Tea Party movement, Gadsden and Whiskey Rebellion flags would block your view.

Notwithstanding, gun control supporters direct their ire at the NRA because they regard the issue as an expansion of corporate influence in politics. The nonprofit organization is only effective if gun owners believe in its ability to defend their rights.

In recent years, this belief has diminished. According to internal records obtained by The Reload, the NRA is incurring revenue losses as a result of declining membership.

Under previous President Trump’s tenure, the most current rift between the NRA and gun owners happened.

The National Rifle Association opposed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Guns, and Explosives’ rule change on bump stocks after Trump urged the bureau to ban them, but it did not take legal action or mention Trump in its comments.

The GOA

Other major gun lobbying organizations, mainly Gun Owners of America and the Firearms Policy Coalition, filed lawsuits and condemned Trump personally.

GOA was established in 1976 and is proud to be a “no compromise” group.


Liberal commentators have generally been oblivious to the rise of these groups, with the Washington Post just lately admitting the tremendous expansion of NRA competitors.

The 2016 election of Donald Trump encouraged members of this subculture.

Trump was swept into office by a tsunami of conservative opposition to the established order; the NRA was among the many legacy institutions targeted.

When the former president stated, “Take the guns first, then follow the legal process,” the outcry immediately spread to his administration.

Instead of relying on the NRA and Trump, staunch Second Amendment advocates have decided to create their own organizations and support new political candidates. 

GOA endorsed Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) for the 2022 midterm elections and sponsored the No Backdoor Gun Control Act with GOA’s backing.

Several prominent Republicans, like Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) are also sponsors of the bill.

President Biden refers to these legislators as “Ultra MAGA,” whereas the GOA sees Roy as a “gun rights watchdog.” According to this subculture, both the first and second phrases are compliments. 

The NRA is an apparent victim because the group is already experiencing difficulties with its target base.

Unwavering advocates of the Second Amendment have placed their money and votes where their mouths are by favoring upstart organizations and candidates against heritage organizations, such as the NRA.

Gun control activists yell at the wrong people when they demonstrate in front of NRA gatherings.

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