Not Invented Here Syndrome.

Thinking more about yesterday’s post, it really is no surprise that the NRA chose to play up the military backgrounds of their new instructor corps rather than go with people who have a verifiable history with training we civilians, because let’s face it, the NRA just doesn’t play nice with others. We’ll ignore (for now), the rather graceless way they kicked out the U.S. Concealed Carry Association from the Annual Meeting this year, and instead, go back to the ILA’s involvement in the attempts to improve our gun rights ten years ago. The NRA’s impact on D.C. v. Heller was, to say the least, nominal (and to say the worst, harmful), and they followed that up with an attempt to muscle in on McDonald v. Chicago.

In the minds of the NRA, there is no reason to acknowledge the existence of Gunsite or Cornered Cat or Lethal Force Institute in the CV’s of their new top-notch trainers, because, I’m guessing, that might put the thought in people’s heads that the NRA in and of itself is not the sole source of civilian firearms training. It’s pretty similar to when I went to Front Sight: If you go to that range, you will never hear about how Jeff Cooper invented the color code or anything about any other training except what’s done at Front Sight. This is NOT the way to build a robust training program that adapts to the customer’s needs. It is, however, an excellent way to move your customers two-thirds of the way up Mount Stupid and leave them stranded there, possibly in danger of their lives.

Look, I like the NRA. I write for the NRA. I’m an NRA member, and the NRA has done and is doing a lot of great stuff for our right to defend ourselves from harm. However, the NRA is no more the sole protector of that right of self-defense than AAA is the sole voice for everyone who drives a car. The sooner the NRA learns to play nice with others, the better off we’ll be.

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  1. They often get referred to as the “800lb gorilla” in the arena, so maybe they feel they have to live up to the reputation? The main problem is, they exhibit no finesse, have no consideration for those around them, and think they can do no wrong. That, and when all else fails, which is often, they resort to brute force to “fix” it. They’re a gorilla, what do you expect?

  2. They should have taken a page from the high tech industry. If they wanted to get into that market, they should have bought USCCA or 2nd Call Defense or one of the other established organizations. It’s what Facebook did with Instagram and what Google did with YouTube.

  3. Perfectly stated. It would seem that we should all be on the same side here, if we want to continue to fight to keep and expand our 2nd amendment rights. Things like this are why people leave the NRA. We are not working in a vacuum, but should be working together. It is a shame that politics holds us apart, instead of drawing us together.

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