Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Good For Pete Brownell For Standing His Ground With ThinkProgress

Pete Brownell, President and CEO of Brownells, Inc and NRA board member, was interviewed at the SHOT Show by a reporter from ThinkProgress. I think they were trying for a repeat of their "report" supposedly indicating that a number of SHOT Show attendees didn't see a need for standard capacity magazines. They failed.

ThinkProgress asked Mr. Brownell about a report from the Center for Public Integrity which tried to make a link between monetary support for the NRA and the NRA's fight against restrictions on standard capacity magazines. The Center for Public Integrity bills itself as a center for investigative journalism in the public interest. The majority of their funding comes from foundations including, as you might guess, the Joyce Foundation.

The CPI report entitled "High-Capacity Magazine Sellers Raise Millions for NRA" attempted to portray the donations from MidwayUSA owners Larry and Brenda Potterfield as payoff of sorts to the NRA in exchange for lobbying against restrictions on magazine capacity. The report also noted that Pete Brownell and Ronnie Barrett serve on the NRA Board and Brenda Potterfield is on the Board of Directors of the NRA Foundation. Given that all three have companies that sell products that the anti's love to hate, the report took this as prima facie evidence of the NRA kowtowing to "the gun industry." They quote Josh Sugarman of the Violence Policy Center as their authority on this.

When ThinkProgress questioned Mr. Brownell on connections between NRA stances and his service on the Board, he said:
The NRA has always been active in the public interest. They’ve been a defender of the Second Amendment. It’s not because of financial interest, it’s because they defend the Second Amendment, what the founders, the original people that wrote this, were intending, what they actually wrote down. So they defend the Second Amendment. They don’t necessarily say, “We’re going to do this because someone is writing me a check.” [...]

We need leaders to lead organizations, and the one place they get leaders is the military. The other place they get leaders are politicians and really the third place they get them are entrepreneurs. You can’t just get leadership from one area because then you’ll become pretty myopic in that area as an organization.
Listening to the audio recording posted along with the ThinkProgress interview, you could almost hear the disappointment in the reporter's voice that he hadn't gotten another "gotcha" interview. Nonetheless, he couldn't resist throwing in this little tidbit to conclude his article after Mr. Brownell said standard capacity magazines give the defender an advantage:
Indeed, high-capacity magazines are an advantage. And one such clip was an advantage for Jared Loughner in Tucson this month, who was subdued by attendees at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-AZ) constituent event only after he stopped to reload his 31-bullet clip.
People with an agenda just don't want to get it, do they?

H/T Brownells


  1. Man, they are really trying hard to get something, anything going against the NRA. It's amazing how much hate they have for a civil rights organization.

  2. That's because they don't see it as a civil rights matter; no matter what the Supremes ruled, no matter ANYTHING, they see the 2nd as an obsolete thing that, if it still means anything, means the states can have a small Army called the National guard. And us peasants have no right to arms, because that belongs solely to the government.

    And anyone who gets in the way of their saving us is an enemy of progress, etc.

  3. The NRA is WRONG and so are all of these idiots that support giving every private citizen any damn weapon they want! Hell why stop at assault rifles, let's just private citizens have bombs, drones, machine guns and nuclear weapons. I'm sure the NRA can come up with a stupid rant about how these weapons are our given right under the 2nd Amendment. Before you start calling me a anti-gun lover, WRONG!!! I am a law abiding gun owner. I understand the 2nd Amendment. I value the 2nd Amendment. However, I am intelligent enough to understand the difference between the right to own a sensible weapon and a that of a weapon of mass destruction.
    Donna Osborne