Top 5 Gun Rights Organizations Better than the NRA
By Aya Katz
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the best-known gun rights organization in the United States, but it is not the best at representing its membership. Over time, this national organization has come to stand for the established order of things, fighting to preserve the legislative status quo, rather than to defend the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms. The NRA has come to accept laws infringing on Second Amendment rights, while taking the financial contributions of gun owners for granted.
Recently, the NRA endorsed Donald Trump for President, even though Trump supports taking guns away from people on the secret government no-fly list. By doing so, the NRA chose a secret list compiled by the government over Second Amendment rights protected in the constitution. Trump supports a policy of stop and frisk, and would allow the police to take guns away from citizens on mere suspicion.
When Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke up to defend the Second Amendment, the NRA suggested that Johnson was not a viable candidate. This means that currently, the best-known organization in the United States entrusted with the mission of protecting Second Amendment rights is actively working to infringe on those rights.
But did you know that the NRA is not the only gun rights organization in the United States? Here is a list of five organizations better than the the NRA.
1. The Second Amendment Foundation
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) was founded in 1974 by Alan Gottlieb. Known as the “legal arm” of the gun rights lobby, SAF has initiated and won a number of lawsuits, including McDonald v. City of Chicago in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment applied to the individual states.
The SAF sponsors a number of other organizations under its umbrella, including Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.
The Second Amendment Foundation and its affiliates take much stronger stances on the Second Amendment than does the NRA.