I am sadly reserving judgment about whether to continue membership in the National Rifle Association. I own about 20 guns, and have taken elk, antelope, whitetail, mule deer and many game birds. If all the gophers gunned down by me were placed end-to-end they would probably extend from Whitefish to somewhere east of Billings. As a state legislator, I was proud to receive a commendation from the NRA for my support of gun rights. I am a firm believer in our Second Amendment right, as individuals, to bear arms.
The trouble is that the modern NRA, like other time honored institutions, has become hijacked and radicalized. While its membership is overwhelmingly law abiding and freedom loving Americans, it has become the protector of armed extremists and a front for gun and ammunition manufacturers.