The National Shooting Sports Foundation revoked the Socialist Rifle Association’s membership on July 22, 2019. The NSSF is one of the leading trade associations for the firearms industry in America. Its mission is “To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.”
The NSSF is responsible for conducting industry research and provides grants to colleges for shooting sports. On Friday, July 19th, the Socialist Rifle Association became a member of the NSSF “with the intent of living up to the SRA’s goal of arming and training the working-class for self and community defense.”
The SRA noted the following:
While we understand the NSSF to be a fairly reactionary institution, our hope was to introduce the concept of left wing gun ownership and advocacy to the larger firearms community, especially through participation in events such as SHOT Show.
However, the SRA’s membership inside the NSSF was scuttled on Monday, July 22nd. The socialist organization received an email that their membership was revoked, and their 200 nonprofit membership dues were refunded.
A representative of the NSSF followed up with the socialist group claiming that the NSSF stands for “free market capitalism” and that having a socialist group under their fold would run counter to their “core values.”
The SRA Central Committee defended itself by claiming that “Gun control is a fundamental component of neo-liberal capitalism and its tendency to commodify, infantilize, and enslave working-class people.”
It added, “Socialism, on the other hand, is a philosophy concerned with emancipating working class people and allowing for their greatest development of individual will and expression. And the right to bear arms for self and community defense is a critical component of that mission.”
Although it is intriguing that an organization on the Left is in support of gun rights, the NSSF is within its rights to associate with whomever it pleases. Their recent decision, as controversial as it may appear, is justified. Despite socialism’s rosy appeal, it has a long track record of failure from countries such as the Soviet Union to present-day Venezuela.
One feature of these regimes has been the monopolization of force, where most citizens not attached to the governing apparatus are effectively disarmed. Even if socialists believe in firearms ownership, what happens when people dissent against their redistributionist schemes?
How will these people be handled? History shows that such desires for economic collectivization require a massive state to carry out those tasks. This is usually accompanied by the state holding strong control over firearms ownership.
To quell this dissent, the government steps in by using violent crackdowns and the eventual passage of gun control laws to keep future uprisings in check. The SRA may have noble intentions, but the long-term implications of the political system they push will ultimately undermine their pro-gun projects.
For that reason, the NSSF is justified in kicking the SRA out of its network.
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Houston Police Allow Abortion Clinic to Operate Despite Texas Courts Ruling Them Non-Essential
On March 30th, a judge ruled that Texas abortion clinics could stay open. This ruling came a few days after the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, deemed abortion servies non-essential.
Since abortions are clearly elective surgeries, the ruling was overturned by a vote of 2-1 in the 5th circuit court of appeals on March 31st. Meaning, the governor’s order stands and abortion clinics must close until non-essential businesses are allowed to open back up.
This hasn’t stopped one abortion clinic in Houston from continuing to kill the unborn.
In a video released on April 1st, via the YouTube channel ‘ProofThatGodExists,’ an abortion clinic in Houston is shown to still be accepting clients.
A couple of pro-life activists are shown in the video standing outside the abortion clinic. Across the street is a police officer, with whom one of the activists eventually talks.
They tell the offiicer that the abortion offices are still seeing clients. The officer acknowledges their concerns and says, “we’ll take care of it.”
A few minutes later, the officer goes to talk to the pro-life activists. The officer informed the activists that he was just there to “keep the peace” and nothing else.
One of the activists again informed the officer of the situation, asking, “Do you know that it’s illegal for them to do abortions today?” The officer replied, “I’m not out here for that.”
The activist then reiterated that he was asking him not why he was there, but if he personally knew of the current order. He wanted to know if the officer was not enforcing because he didn’t know about the order or because his department was choosing to ignore it in this case.
The officer didn’t want to answer directly. So, he again said, “I’m not saying that what you’re saying is wrong…. But that’s not what I’m out here for. I’m out here to keep the peace….”
He then said, “Whoever you need to call to enforce what you’re asking me about…” He was interupted by the second activist, who challenged him, insisting, “When people are breaking the law, we call the police.”
The video continues on with many more women entering the clinic. Eventually the abortion doctor arrived to the clinic, as well.
It’s clear that the clinic is in direct violation of the order that declares abortion services non-essential. Why the Houston police aren’t enforcing the order as it pertains to this particular clinic is still unclear.
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