Wednesday, February 9, 2011

grassroots is us

Gun rights are an individual right, a human right.

And in order to better defend those rights, individuals will form groups. Unfortunately, the gathering of any number of people for any known cause whatsoever will always result in the dreaded, and yet essential, political maneuverings. People sort themselves out, voice their opinions, choose a leader - it's human nature. Sometimes this goes well, and sometimes...not, as my friend Gay Cynic shows us with the recent kerfuffle going on with the Washington Arms Collectors. A great example of how individual politics can affect the whole, it seems the WAC is due for a changing of the guard.

So, if you're a Washington resident, join the WAC, and remember...a vote for Gottlieb is a vote for sanity. (yes, that Gottlieb.)

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Concur- MEMBERS are the organization, not the BOD...

Boyd K said...

WAC does such a great job for our community; it's a non profit show promoter. It's leadership helps gun rights (as a private matter since the organization itself cannot) and it's members get down to our state capital to do the right thing. It runs raffle fund raisers for things like wounded warriors and its education committee teaches NRA Home Firearms Safety (and Refuse to be a victim) to -hundreds- of people a year at no cost to those students. It's a shame to see this stuff happen, I'm really looking forward to it being over. If you live in Washington, consider joining WAC http://washingtonarmscollectors.org

greg said...

I'm rather embarrassed to admit that the only reason I joined WAC was to have access to it's gun shows...never really realized there was a political side to the group.

Must get more active.

Aaron G said...

Thanks for the link. I am a WAC member.

Boyd K said...

In the past, WAC advertised it's membership as carrying three benefits: 1- the shows, WAC is washington states largest promoter of gun shows with a show (mostly) once a month in both venues; Monroe and Puyallup. 2- the magazine; Gun News comes out every month and has great info on collecting and shows in the pacific northwest. And 3- Legislative information. This one's very important but also not so simple. The leadership of WAC involves itself in telling members about going's on in Olympia and works with other organizations to fight for gun rights at the state level. Technically as an organization WAC itself does not. But WAC leadership has in the past made sure that Olympia hears the needs of our 13,000 members.
One side of the current flap wants to stop this, which would be a horrible mistake in my opinion. I hope WAC members perk up and take Bredas advice to vote for the right side (and that we can move on from having freaking "sides"). -Boyd Kneeland (former director, former webmaster, education committee guy)