GOA promises to fight; NRA still charging to the rear

On Wednesday, I asked readers to (among other things) contact the NRA, GOA, and CCRKBA about joining the Firearms Coalition in providing organized resistance to the confirmation of Eric Holder as AG. I, of course, conducted my own correspondence with them.

Today, I got a reply–Gun Owners of America says they’re on it. I’ll start with what I wrote them on Wednesday.

I am convinced that Eric Holder would be the most anti-gun Attorney General in history. I am disappointed to have seen very little effort on the part of GOA to fight his confirmation, or to mobilize membership to do so.

This, I can only assume, is tacit acceptance of Eric Holder as AG. That is utterly unacceptable.

The GOA bills itself as the most hard-hitting gun rights advocacy organization in the country, but I am simply not seeing that.

Thank you,
Kurt Hofmann

And now, the reply:


GOA is 100% opposed to the Holder nomination. The reason you haven’t seen anything from us as of yet is merely a function of timing.

Here is just a PARTIAL list of what we are and will be doing:

* An official notice of opposition send to every Senate office…with a warning that the confirmation vote will be used for our Congressional ratings (already sent)

* Detailed and lengthy face-to-face meetings with numerous Senators and their staff (ongoing)

* A press release which will lead to GOA spokesmen taking to the airwaves to drum up opposition (scheduled for this coming Monday)

* Op-Ed pieces (release dates flexible)

* GOA alerts to get the grassroots involved (first one scheduled for Monday or Tuesday)

So, we’re definitely not in the remain-silent camp regarding this particular battle, nor is there any “tacit acceptance” — there is unalterable opposition. Please watch your e-mail for upcoming opportunities to make your voice heard.

In liberty,


Craig Fields
Director of Internet Operations, GOA

Maybe not quite as quick as I’d like, but it’s action–rather than excuses about being “too big to risk losing,” or something like that. Actually, I haven’t heard even that much from the NRA (I have, instead, heard this), but that seems to be the gist of what others in a position to know are saying (also read about Western Rifle Association’s conversation with the NRA).

Still nothing from CCRKBA.

Well, NRA? Should I assume this will be a repeat of your courageous stand on the sideline, when gun rights advocates were trying to block “Maximum Mike’s” confirmation as Jack Booted Thug in Chief of the BATFE?


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