Let me start by saying that I support and appreciate the hard work of some of the pro-gun groups working at the state and national level. I am also not very savvy when it comes to politics on any level. What I'm going to say will probably irritate some people, but I am entitled to my opinion.
The other day I was listening to the news while driving home. I don't remember the exact story, but all I could think about was all the in-fighting among the Republican Party. I remember thinking, that if the party doesn't put aside their differences and come together, this nation is going to be lead down the socialist path for another 4 years. (I also remember thinking that if the Libertarians don't seize this opportunity, they won't stand a chance in 2016.)
Back to the pro-gun groups. What I am seeing with these groups reminds me unfortunately of the Republican party in general. There is entirely too much distrust and finger pointing between some of these groups. If we don't come together, we will surely fail. We don't have to agree on every little piece of a bill, but I don't think we should be publicly bickering with one another. All that is going to do, in my mind, is make us look like we don't know what we're talking about in the eyes of the antis. It also won't help win over the fence-sitters, because from a distance, again, it looks like we don't know what we are talking about, and makes them wonder who they can believe.
Have you heard any bickering between the anti-gun groups? No, but I bet you have heard about how anti-gun groups are banding together, like Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Mothers Demand Action did in December of last year. These groups aren't going away. They will sit back and watch us tear ourselves apart just waiting for the perfect time and place to strike, like the Democrats did in 2008.
I'm probably being delusional here, but there should be a way for the groups to come together and agree on their approach to bills, especially if there are controversial parts to those bills. HB875, the Safe Carry Protection Act, is a bill currently in the Georgia General Assembly that would bring about a lot of good changes to Georgian's 2nd Amendment rights. The bickering point between at least two groups seems to be the commitment reporting portion of the bill. Well, needless to say, the two sides managed to totally bumfuddle me with their opinions of this section of the bill. I didn't know who to trust. One group made the section sound like it was the start of my rights eroding away. The other group made it sound like it was no big deal, as it was already a law, and this bill just added a time limit to the existing regulation.
Well, I'm a busy man, working long hours. I don't have a lot of extra time to investigate who's right and who's wrong, especially since these bills can go through their process so quickly. I'm not going to start calling my state legislators about a bill if I don't have accurate information. That means the anti's have gotten the jump on me and everybody else that is still scratching their head.
Everybody reading this should be demanding these groups unite in their battle, or surely we will lose. This is my plea.