So, what's the deal with the LGC and why am I writing about it now? Believe it or not, I've seen more than a few liberals talking about joining the NRA because at least the NRA is supporting our second amendment rights. Yes, we can argue on specifics, but can you name another second amendment group that does politics as well as the NRA?
Well, how 'bout we change that.
The LGC is NOT a political activist group (yet). It's not big enough. The Liberal Gun Club (LGC) is an organization that...well, it's easier just to steal their boilerplate and throw it up here:
The mission of The Liberal Gun Club is to provide a voice for gun-owning liberals and moderates in the national conversation on gun rights, gun legislation, firearms safety, and shooting sports.For those of you interested in joining the forums, you'd be surprised about how many hard left (read red as in commie or pink as in socialist) firearm supporters there are. The forums also include small l-libertarians, centrist Democrats, progressives and others who support the right to keep and bear arms. The LGC is not run by or organized by the RKBA group here on DK and if memory serves, it's been around significantly longer than the DK group.
We serve as a national forum for all people, irrespective of their personal political beliefs, to discuss firearms ownership, firearms use, and the enjoyment of firearms-related activities free from the destructive elements of political extremism that dominate this subject on the national scale.
We also actively develop and foster a variety of programs for the purpose of firearms training and firearms safety education, for both gun owners and non-gun owners.
So if you're thinking of joining the NRA to help protect our second amendment freedoms and that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, look to the LGC and throw a few dollars their way.
The only way we'll ever build a liberal alternative to the NRA is to BUILD A LIBERAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE NRA.
Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a DKos group of second amendment supporters who have progressive and liberal values. We don't think that being a liberal means one has to be anti-gun. Some of us are extreme in our second amendment views (no licensing, no restrictions on small arms) and some of us are more moderate (licensing, restrictions on small arms.) Moderate or extreme or somewhere in between, we hold one common belief: more gun control equals lost elections. We don't want a repeat of 1994. We are an inclusive group: if you see the Second Amendment as safeguarding our right to keep and bear arms individually, then come join us in our conversation. If you are against the right to keep and bear arms, come join our conversation. We look forward to seeing you, as long as you engage in a civil discussion.
8:21 AM PT: To those who would ask what's different about the LGC, let me point you to this comment made below by DispositionMatrix:
Well, it is a "Gun Club" and thus is pro-gun
This might be a reach, but even liberals who own guns cannot be expected to be against private gun ownership. This does not put them in lockstep with the NRA.
With regard to compatibility with the NRA, from what I gather what most LGC members seem to find distasteful is all the ultra-right-wing baggage. The NRA is wrapped up in family values nonsense and anti-science causes. Few of us want to give money to an organization in support of gun rights to have that organization spend it on climate change denial. Additionally, the NRA's leadership does much to harm the cause of supporting RKBA--such as every time Wayne LaPierre opens his mouth.
Many posting here seem disappointed that members of the LGC do not appear to stand firmly for banning guns and magazines that other Democratic-types might find frightening looking or for supporting proposals championed by the Vice President even though he has publicly stated that they will not be effective.
Just as there are plenty of LGC members who are for an AWB and mag bans, there are some who believe the focus of curbing violence should be on mental health and the root causes of violence instead of on hardware.
The idea that LGC members should have to pass some sort of Democratic party line litmus test on gun control is ludicrous.