L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 269, May 2, 2004
Thumbs Up (their arses)
Special to TLE
Unless you run a big-time organized RKBA group, you most likely know that liberty and RKBA activist Jeff "Hunter" Jordan is facing a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon with a license (yes, you read that correctly), and has been fired by Verizon for doing so. In researching the firing, I learned that Verizon has an official (and obviously strongly enforced) victim disarmament/safe criminal policy. I called for a boycott of Verizon Communications.
Since this is an RKBA issue, I decided to clue in various national and regional organized gun owners' groups. I'll be honest: I didn't really expect too much from most of them. After all, it wasn't the formal groups that made fiscal life miserable for Dell, CitiBank, Smith & Wesson (and why are so many supposedly sensible gun owners forgetting that S&W never apologized for what it did, and that it was bought by a pro-gun control outfit that thinks you need to be forced to buy and use their trigger locks?), or K-Mart. It was just us millions of outraged individuals. The formal groups mostly couldn't be bothered.
They still can't be bothered.
Of all the groups that I contacted, hoping just for a brief mention and hyperlink to the boycott page, just three responded positively.
Good people; I appreciate them a lot.
But about those other groups...
That should be enough to make the point. If everyone wants to ignore these abuses until it becomes high profile, it won't get to be high profile unless some desperate guy starts shooting. I get the distinct impression from RMGO that they aren't willing to work for publicity; they just want to bask in the glow from something that already has publicity. GOA is applying long-term legislative "chemotherapy" while ignoring the fact that the patient is bleeding to death from a severed artery.
As best I can tell, only three pro-RKBA groups in this entire country are willing to acknowledge the boycott (until it becomes high profile enough for them to bask in).The others either don't care, or are actively hostile to the idea. You care to guess which groups will never again receive a penny or second of support from me ever again?
If the do-nothing sorta-semi-pro-RKBA groups want to sit around with their thumbs up their arses, I'm not going to pay 'em to do it.
The rest of us can take care of ourselves, and put that much more effort into the three groups that will work with us.
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