Friday, August 22, 2014

Claire Wolfe warns -- "Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it."

“A housewife and a cat will both chase mice out of the kitchen. But the cat wants more mice to come back.” – Aaron Zelman
Somebody reminded me this week of that statement from Aaron, the late, great founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. That was how Aaron contrasted himself and JPFO with Alan Gottlieb and Gottlieb’s SAF/CCRKBA.
Aaron wanted to educate people so that victim disarmament would go away. He would have been thrilled to be able to close JPFO’s doors and say, “We’ve done it.”
On the other hand, he despised Alan Gottlieb and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. He saw Gottlieb as a person who needed and wanted “gun control” because that’s what kept the money and the publicity flowing.
I can back up Claire's statement with personal knowledge: Aaron despised Gottlieb. That JPFO might be handed over to him would have Aaron Zelman rolling over in his grave.
Yet, as David Codrea comments, we only have ourselves to blame for this turn of events.
I will say this much: Anyone who opposes the merger but will not personally help with needed operating funds wants something from others for nothing.


MamaLiberty said...

From Claire:

At the request of one of JPFO’s distressed sponsors, I’ve now created an online petition:

I’ve never done this before, so please let me know if I’ve done it wrong.

I do still believe it’s important for the board members to hear from us personally — particularly to hear from life members, sponsors, and donors. But by all means, sign the petition AND send emails. We’re going to be heard!

Backwoods Engineer said...

This kind of intramural rancor makes me sad. I am a longtime Gentile monetary and emotional supporter of JPFO. I also have sent money to SAF, and am glad for what they have done re: Heller, McDonald, Ezell, and Drake cases. And I love, love the lady Claire Wolfe. I have read most of her books on freedom, and try to take her advice to heart.

You won't see gun-grabber organizations fighting it out in public. They may have their private disagreements, but they will unite for the cause. Shamefully, we apparently can't, because of a personal dislike of Alan Gottlieb by Aaron Zelman, two men whose work I cheered. So, what to do?

I did sign the petition to keep JPFO independent. But forgive me if I don't think this is the end of the world.

J. Eric Andreasen said...

Mike, this is simply horrifying. Gottlieb is a KAPO, plain and simple. Better to burn JPFO to the ground and start anew. Neil contacted me on JPFO leadership issues a number of months ago, but I am sure writing to “pay the bills”, intervened. Now, with everyone either very ill, exhausted, broke, or a combination of all three, in slithers this Snake. Of course.

Anonymous said...

I joined JPFO several years ago and sent in dues.........never heard a sqeek from them again.........

FedUp said...

I signed Mama's petition, but it only got me an error message telling me to enable javascript.

AFAIK, the firefox version I'm using doesn't even give me the option of shutting off java or javascript, and it's a current version installed after I reformatted my drive this month.

eddy 3 said...

I have to agree with Backwoods.

Carl Stevenson said...

It's unclear to me how the present board of 3 came to power after Aaron's death. I approached JPFO as a life member and producer circle sponsor on two on their films and offered my help (I've been on the boards of a number of highly successful and solvent national and international organizations) and I never got a response.
I'd be willing to help again to get JPFO reorganized and back on its feet as long as it stays true to Aaron's vision. A sellout to Gottlieb ... No fucking way!
The members should be tarring and feathering the present board and running them out of town for even considering such a betrayal of the members, not to mention Aaron.

Oregon Hobo said...

Backwoods and Eddy - a few years ago I too thought the hate directed at Gottlieb was undeserved and counterproductive. I just wrote it off as Aaron and Mike being cantankerous old farts.

Then during the post-Newtown feeding frenzy, just when it looked like the Toomey-Manchin bill was finally going to go down in flames, Gottlieb jump in to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The rationalization put forth for his actions eliminated all but 2 possibilities:
1. Gottlieb a snake or
2. Gottlieb is an imbecile.

I don't believe for a second that he's an imbecile, but either way he is dangerously unfit to have so much influence over the fate of our rights and of this nation.

Let's also not forget that it was Alan Gura doing the heavy lifting in Heller, McDonald, et al, not Gottlieb. What Gura sees in that partnership I do not know. I can only hope he one day comes to his senses and chooses to associate himself with an organization more worthy of his talents.

I'd write more on this but I'm already starting to repeat my commentary at (link stolen shamelessly from Claire):

FedUp - Firefox worked for me, but did you try IE for the petition?


Allen said...

sigh...can we put Jay Simkin in charge?

I'd go for that. he may not though.

Anonymous said...

Mike, this is a side note. I'm the one that sent you an email regarding the comment section "blocking" thing. The first site I got "blocked" at was JPFO. I hadn't ever tried to post a comment there until that day either. I did contact the "webmaster" and asked him about it. He told me he had NOT blocked me. In the next 48 hrs, I've been blocked at 31 sites, all of which I have contacted. Not a single one has replied since. Just a heads up for people here. Something is going on across the net, that isn't nice. I'll let you know when I find out more. Ok, carry on.