The Corner

Nra Vs. The Sierra Club

Apparently the Outdoor Writers Association is mad at the National Rifle Association because an NRA official was critical of the Sierra Club at a recent speech before the OWA> Yet based upon this news story, I am not sure what the fuss is about. The allegedly offending statement is that the Sierra Club is trying to “hoodwink hunters into voting for gun ban candidates.” As a facutal matter, this is true: Most of the candidates the Sierra Club endorses or supports are supportive of gun control. Indeed, insofar as the Sierra Club tends to support the most liberal lawmakers, its efforts have the effect — if not the intent — of supporting greater restrictions, if not outright prohibitions, on guns. Whether the OWA’s membership likes it or not, in most political contests hunters will be faced with a choice: Support those lawmakers who endorse the Sierra Club’s agenda or support the protection of gun rights.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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