Being new at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and having been thrown in at the deep end, in as much as I’ve arrived on the scene in the midst of organizational upheaval—it is instructive to see what freedom lovers are saying about a possible merger of JPFO with the Second Amendment Foundation. Writes a blogger at LewRocwell.com:
Claire Wolfe has a lengthy post on the possible (or now, likely) merger of the organizations Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and the faux Second Amendment Foundation. Ms. Wolfe links to a petition for people to sign to speak out against the merger. Apparently, not only did the faux Second Amendment Foundation endorse the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin universal background checks bill, but they wrote the bill themselves! But throughout the years, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership has consistently promoted the rights of all individuals to possess the means to protect and defend themselves.
UPDATE (8/27): Writes Carl Stegmaier:
The SAF is legit; I am a life member. Whatever Claire is talking about is almost surely a misrepresentation … And I don’t care to waste my time proving it to anybody! SAF was there with the NRA and CCRKBA when the rest of the country was whooping it up over the Persian Gulf War…
Nicki Kenyon rebuts:
Let me say that I’ve worked with Alan and I like him, so there’s that. I’m also a lowly contractor, so my knowledge is somewhat limited. That’s number two. And finally, here’s the thing. This merger is being approached in a very underhanded way, and that makes me uneasy. Board members did not communicate with anyone, and members’ attempts to approach them have been ignored. At the very least, the board is accountable to the membership, and should be responsive to their concerns. For one board member to unilaterally approach another organization without consulting the board or the membership and put the organization up on the selling block is not above board and not honest.
Additionally, Claire worked closely with Aaron Zelman. She knew him well. She knew his heart. To say she’s blatantly … misrepresenting is repulsively insulting. Claire has been there with JPFO for years. There is no question about her dedication to freedom or gun rights, and no doubt of her love for the organization. So back off.
And finally, there are and have been concerns about Alan’s promotion of the Manchin-Toomey abortion. I can understand those concerns. JPFO was founded on certain principles of no compromise, so the concerns aren’t unwarranted.
All that said… I think if there IS another way to rescue JPFO, it should be attempted. I don’t know if there is, and I certainly don’t know if it’s viable. That’s for folks above my paygrade.