Playing With The House’s Money by Tom Reynolds, SCOPE President
On Thursday, New York’s left-wing Attorney General, Letitia James, filed suit to dissolve the NRA. (Your tax dollars at work!)
This obviously political action of using the courts for political gain brought an immediate response. Law & The Courts described this as “The latest bananas news from the banana republic that is the State of New York… a plainly partisan political attack. The point here is not to fight nonprofit fraud but a Democratic effort to embarrass and hobble a political opponent, to burden it with expensive and cumbrous litigation, and to weaponize the power of the attorney general’s office for partisan ends. (New York State a banana republic? Say it aint so! This response well summarized the situation.)
James alleged that the NRA "has operated as a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality." (While searching for a breeding ground for greed, abuse and illegality, how did she miss that manure pile called the Clinton Foundation?)
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry released the following statement. “The New York Attorney General is shamefully abusing her power to target a political adversary…This action is…an attempt to use the levers of government to go after political opponents.
“From their endorsement of the “defund the police” movement to canceling our Founding Fathers, and now canceling our founding principles, there has been a troubling pattern from the Democrat attorneys general in recent months. We must stop the madness. Fortunately, the American people can read the tea leaves of this lawsuit – it is a partisan hit...” (A perfect summary of the situation.)
The timing is also revealing. The NRA has announced that is has been adding 1,000 members a day since June and will spend tens of millions on the election in battleground states. As an intended consequence of the lawsuit, some of that money will now have to be spent on this lawsuit.
This is part of an ongoing effort by the Democrat Party. San Francisco declared the NRA a “terrorist organization”. (But not Black Lives Matter and Antifa.) Los Angeles demanded that any NRA member doing business with LA must identify themselves. (That pesky 1st Amendment ended that.) Cuomo is using regulations to deprive the NRA of banking and insurance services. (Fredo’s big brother strikes again.) Joe Biden has said “We can beat the NRA”. (Of course, there is that obstacle called Trump in his way.)
The NRA struck back by suing James and claiming James purpose was, “to deliver on her campaign promises to retaliate against the NRA for constitutionally protected speech on issues that James opposes.” (Trump promised to “Make America Great Again” and James promised to stick it to the NRA. Both fulfilled a campaign promise.)
In a tweet, the NRA predicted, “…the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 election cycle”. (I wonder what Vegas’ odds are on that? 99%?) When the NRA wins, initially, NY State will appeal and drag this out, which will cost the NRA more but Letitia James is playing with “House Money” – your tax dollars – so cash is not an obstacle for her.
One of our founding fathers’ principal concerns was the power of government and government’s ability to use its power against the people. Doing away with the NRA isn’t really the ultimate goal of these lawless attempts. The ultimate goal is to do away with the Second Amendment (in truth, it’s to do away with the whole Constitution) and organizations like the NRA, S.C.O.P.E. and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association are in their way. We must stand united to prevent this.
End this unconstitutionality with your vote on November 3rd.