Do read the full thing. Zman says it better than I can.
This is the litmus test for Trump, the GOP, and the NRA. How the conservative establishment deals with this crisis will define our support of them in the future and show us what the future bodes for our most cherished of rights. A schism is forming in our community between those that defend the establishment and those that criticize it for being soft.
I'm afraid that the NRA is more interested in remaining relevant in the Washington scene and protecting its politicians and industry partners than its members. The NRA's behavior regarding proposed gun control in the past few months should be reason to doubt and accuse them of stepping out on us. I fear these new or renewed NRA members doing it out of principle are like battered wifes jumping to the defense of their handcuffed husband. The NRA is lapping up the limelight and gathering a whole new flock of sheep to deceive.
As chain stores virtue signal by banning gun/ammo purchases to 18-20 year olds, it will become increasingly politically acceptable and even "common sense" to make these policy decisions law. Just imagine the outrage if gun control was passed against young Black males, who disproportionately commit more murder in America, in the name of "targeting the problem." Private parties willing to abandon rights in the face of dastardly media pressure will give up much more when the rest of the chips are down.
We shall soon see everyone's true colors fly.
"The gun issue has always been the one issue in American politics where you can reveal both the integrity and the intelligence of someone. Gun grabbers are always very stupid or very dishonest. Sometimes they are both. The 2A people are often just reflexively opposed to gun grabbing, without having thought it through, but gun grabbers are never honest or informed. It is the main reason that the NRA has been so successful. They have been blessed with an enemy incapable of honesty and unwilling to learn the facts.
Excerpt from: "Not My President." Zman Blog. March 1, 2018. thezman.com/wordpress/?p=13049