More effective at what?

The title of an article in Reason Magazine, “Speak Softly and Carry a Concealed Handgun: Would a nicer NRA be more effective?” caught me off guard. I’ve made little secret of my numerous bones of contention with the NRA, but none of them have anything to do with the NRA being insufficiently “nice.”

How much “nicer,” after all, could the NRA be than declining to grade senators on how they vote on the confirmation of radically anti-gun Eric Holder for Attorney General? “Well, we’d prefer that you vote against a citizen disarming aspiring tyrant, but if you don’t, we won’t hold it against you,” is pretty darned nice. Contemptible and cowardly, perhaps, but nice.

The Reason article is mostly a discussion of disagreements between Richard Feldman (a former lobbyist for the NRA, with whom he eventually had a messy divorce–complete with book deal). Feldman is the sort who does actually think the NRA needs to be “nicer”–this guy makes Neville Chamberlain look like King Leonidas I.

Come to think of it, I’m not sure I quite understand why he and the NRA can’t get along. Maybe it’s time for those crazy kids to get back together.


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