Proposed Merger of JPFO with SAF Ignites Firestorm
[Editor’s Note: I must confess to getting a name wrong in the article below. Garry Reed is the author of the Examiner article to which I linked in the opening paragraph below. I mistakenly thought it had been written by another gentleman, and consequently printed the wrong author in my article below. I have apologized to him and replaced his name with that of Garry Reed of the Libertarian News Examiner to correct my mistake. Thanks all for your forgiveness.
Elias Alias, editor]
The Fury And The Flurry – Let The Fur Fly!
Time Sensitive Alert: A bit of background:
Last week Garry Reed of the Libertarian News Examiner posted a good coverage of the super-heated controversy surrounding a proposal by the Board of Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) to merge the organization with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). (Salute to Jeff and Donna for sending this story in). SAF is operated by a man whom JPFO founder Aaron Zelman despised on grounds that SAF was compromising in its role of supporting the Second Amendment. The personality clashes between SAF and JPFO were generally known across the spectrum of the American Gun Culture (AGC). Aaron Zelman, now deceased, was the founder of JPFO, and a personal friend of your humble servant. Aaron Zelman and I spent hours on the phone discussing how JPFO and Oath Keepers could further the interests of the American Gun Culture. Aaron loved Oath Keepers and would call me regularly with news tidbits, and would also provide me with JPFO posters for Oath Keepers’ use.
Among Aaron Zelman’s close friends was our own founder, Stewart Rhodes, and our dear friend, Claire Wolfe. Claire Wolfe helped Aaron Zelman with the famous movie, “Innocents Betrayed”.
Further, Claire Wolfe co-authored a book with Aaron Zelman entitled “The State vs The People: The Rise of the American Police State“. (Click that link to order your copy, highly recommended.) Also, when Stewart Rhodes became too over-committed at Oath Keepers to continue as a columnist for S.W.A.T. Magazine, Claire Wolfe took over that column for Rich Lucibella (publisher of S.W.A.T.). Finally, for those who do not know about Claire’s delightful books, please review the titles at Amazon dot com, <here> I have every one of her books and treasure them all.
That’s a bit of the background on Aaron and Claire. Here is what Garry Reed says in his article, linked above: (quoting)
The bottom line here seems to be that JPFO’s “dedication to absolute hardcore gun rights” could not and can never “live at peace” with SAF/CCRKBA’s “chronic compromising.”
There will likely be heated discussion and disagreement over all of this from ardent gun rights people but for now there’s little to go on other than Claire Wolfe’s blog report.
A great friend of Libertarian News Examiner and of JPFO explained why this is so:
“A big part of the problem is that the board tried to do this in secret and even lied about it, so there is no other source right now. They’re not talking about it. I have not yet gotten any response from SAF, but don’t really expect them to verify anything either. This was supposed to be a done deal before anyone knew about it, and only Claire blowing the whistle gives us any chance to stop it.”
Claire Wolfe is not about to stand idly by and watch Aaron Zelman’s organization be merged with a company operated by a man Aaron Zelman despised, so she has blasted the plan for the merger vehemently. As a celebrated regular columnist at Back Woods Home Magazine, Claire published a scathing revelation of the plan to merge JPFO with SAF. Anyone reading this who chances not to be familiar with Claire Wolfe’s remarkable talent and fighting spirit will certainly want to learn all about her. I encourage all our readers to check out her article for the central points of opposition to the proposed merger:
A key consideration for anyone to recall about Aaron Zelman is that he, better than any other Jewish American, worked tirelessly to remind his fellow Jews (and all American people) of the facts about gun registration, gun confiscation, and the resulting genocide which happened to the German people under Hitler’s Third Reich. Aaron’s message was quite clear – When the Jews were forced to register their guns with the German government, their slide down the slippery slope to death began.
Aaron’s organization became a stalwart organization with avid popularity within the Gun Culture, and rightly so. You will notice that the JPFO logo has been on Oath Keepers’ website since the site was created by Drew more than five years ago. Oath Keepers has taken no position on this conflict, but as Stewart Rhodes and I were friends with Aaron Zelman and remain good friends with Claire Wolfe, I would like to suggest a project for all readers here:
Project: Claire Wolfe has posted online a petition, and at present moment there are only 429 signatures. (3:23 pm Mtn; August 29 2014). I think it would be way cool if a few hundred more signatures were to suddenly pop up on that petition between now and Sunday, August 31, 2014 – which is the deadline for impressing the Board at JPFO to change their minds and consider the “Plan B” which Claire has come up with. Are y’all game for this? Good! I signed it yesterday, and hope you’ll click this link and sign it yourself. Thanks! Here’s that link:
And here again is that link to Claire’s article at Backwoods Home Magazine: http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2014/08/22/sellout-jpfo-to-be-handed-off-to-saf/
Elias Alias, editor