Letters to SAR: May 2000
By The Small Arms Review Editorial Staff
Dear SAR and Fellow NRA Members:
Gun owners are being legislated and litigated to death. Our hunting and shooting rights are vanishing before our eyes. Most gun owners are not NRA members. Most are with us in spirit, they’ve just never gotten around to actually joining or they’ve let their membership drop. If all of us in the shooting community were NRA members at the same time, the anti-hunting, anti-gun crowd would be rendered powerless. Our sheer numbers would overwhelm them.
After I realized that we either increase the membership fast or continue to lose our rights one piece at a time, I decided to see how many NRS members I could sign up on one year. I originally hoped I might sign 100. That seemed like a lot to me. Well, my year is now up and I’ve signed over 4,000 members! I was amazed how easy it was. All I did was get permission to ask the customers at two local gun stores if they were current with the NRA memberships. People signed up like crazy. They signed their wives, their children and their In-laws and friends. I actually signed 85 people in one day. Every one of them is a nail in the anti-gunners coffin. What a glorious feeling that day was. No more was I helpless. I was fighting back and winning. One person can’t make a difference? BULL!
If you would like to know how satisfying this can feel, please consider becoming a volunteer NRA recruiter. It’s easy. If you are good with people, know how to sell, can keep your temper, have a good appearance, and a little or a lot of time and want to make a difference, you can do it. Men, women, young and old can all be successful recruiters. I’ve already helped 38 people get started. It perfect for retired folks, college students, or a husband and wife looking for the perfect part-time job. A friend of mine recruits on a Saturday. He has 4 kids and a full-time job. He makes on average $200 every Saturday. Yes folks, the NRA pays you to do this. Talk about the perfect job. It works part-time or full time.
To get started call NRA recruiting at 703-267-3759. They will do the rest. We either united and fight or lose more and more of our gun rights. It’s that simple. If you and I don’t do the work, who will!
Richard H. Clise, NRA Recruiter
Here, here! While we sometimes get caught up in fighting amongst ourselves, those of us who are gun owners need to be members of the organizations that fight the good fight. While we may disagree on some issues, the fact is that the anti-gunners are anti- ALL guns- anti- Second Amendment. Now is the time, wherever you are is the place. If the NRA can do it, then go with them. I would also suggest Gun Owners of America, the 1934 Group, among others to support. If you disagree with someone’s policies, then lobby them hard to bring them into line. We need to be powerful, this year of all years. This is the year we could throw off the yoke of Clinton-Gore, and get the stench of the abuses they and their cronies committed washed away.
This letter is in response to Capt. Mendenhall’s article on The golden Age of Machine Gun Buying. I have to agree with him. The time has come that if there is a machinegun that you have always wanted, now is the time to buy it. Even if you have to get a second mortgage on your home. In the near future, if you had all the money in the world, you will not be able to buy some guns, because none will be for sale at any price. I know for myself, I have things in my collection not for sale at any price. Large private collections only come up for sale in an Estate sale, were the owner has passed away and the family or inherited party does not want them. An example of this was the Bob Miller Collection. What is sad about his collection is that during his adult life, he put it together and then it was sold out as single pieces and parts. I know the collection was offered for sale complete, but no one wanted to give what they were asking. Now I bet those offered the deal wish they would have just paid the price. A lot of that stuff was one of a kind.
The big collections are getting farther and fewer between, and most of them will probably move in private sales. There are people out there trying to keep the collections together. If the prices hadn’t gotten so high, this would be an easier thing to accomplish- but several million dollars worth of transferable machine guns is a whopping piece of change. Many of us have discussed the possibilities of opening an NFA Working Reference Collection, affiliated with a government entity, so that we could put together a good working display, a museum that is open for study. The government affiliation would mean that firearms that were unregistered and found in estates could be donated there, as could collections- for a tax write-off! It would have to be properly set up, of course, but the status quo is offensive to many of our sensibilities. This doesn’t solve the problems of lawful heirs of a registered collection who wish to sell it, but if they had tax needs, it could help them, and the shooting and the scholarly communities. I don’t know if we will ever see the day where this is done, but if a firearms friendly local government sponsored the museum, and the bylaws were written to protect the collection from future anti gun crusaders who might gain office, this might present a solution. Worth a thought, though, isn’t it?
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