Gun Owners Of America Defends Second Amendment More Than NRA

While the National Rifle Association has been around for quite a while in support of Second Amendment rights of gun owners, they have also compromised on many occasions, which surrendered portions of their members, as well as Americans' rights concerning firearms. However, one organization is now getting the attention of even the New York Times as the premier gun rights advocates that push "harder than the NRA." That group is Gun Owners of America (GOA).

GOA is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue.

The organization was founded in 1975 by Sen. H.L. (Bill) Richardson (now retired). Richardson continues to serve as the Chairman of Gun Owners of America, bringing his many years of political experience to the leadership of GOA. Richardson is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

Its Board of Directors have over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience on guns, legislation and politics. According to their website:

"GOA has never wavered from its mission to defend the Second Amendment -- liberty's freedom teeth, as George Washington called it.

Over the last 30 years, GOA has built a nationwide network of attorneys to help fight court battles in almost every state in the nation to protect gun owner rights. GOA staff and attorneys have also worked with members of Congress, state legislators and local citizens to protect gun ranges and local gun clubs from closure by overzealous government anti-gun bureaucrats."

Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times writes:

When word surfaced in February that Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, was plotting with Democrats on a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, Larry Pratt got really mad. Then, Mr. Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, got busy, mounting a lobbying blitz that helps explain why a bipartisan Senate deal on background checks remains elusive.

Within days, his staff, working from a nondescript space in a squat office building off the Beltway here — there isn't even a nameplate on the door — was on the phone with supporters of his organization in Oklahoma. The group's members were encouraged to inundate Mr. Coburn with e-mails and calls and to otherwise make it exceedingly clear to the senator that an enhanced background check law would not be tolerated.

It wasn't long until Mr. Coburn, a gun rights advocate, had backed away from negotiations with Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, securing at least a temporary victory for gun rights activists and frustrating advocates of new gun safety laws.

Once largely unknown, Gun Owners of America, with its war chest, membership and lobbying strength dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, is emerging as an influential force as a series of gun control measures heads to the Senate floor.

The group has already been successful in both freezing senators, particularly Republicans, who have appeared to be on the fence about supporting bills to expand background checks and increase penalties for illegal gun purchases, and empowering those who have a strong gun rights background.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, "They are strong defenders of the Second Amendment."

Rep. Peter King, who has been OK with the Presidential assassination of American citizens, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, “Larry Pratt with the Gun Owners of America is effective. I don’t deal with them myself, but the fact is, they are effective.” The reason he must not work with him is because GOA scored him an "F" when it comes to standing up for the Second Amendment.

While Coburn said that his decision to remove his support for the bill was due to a plan to require private gun sellers to keep records, GOS president Larry Pratt seems to think his group had something to do with it. "His staff admitted that it kind of irritated the senator. We were told, 'He's getting tired of this.' But when we hear complaints like that, we know we are close to success. We are happy he changed his mind."

There is courage to be gained from GOA as well. Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul refers to them as the "only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington." They are not a rich organization by any means, especially when compared with the NRA.

Ms. Steinhauer points out that in 2011 GOA's total revenue was less than $2 million, compared to the NRA which received nearly $220 million. However, notice the use of the funds.

Open Secrets provides a comparison of money obtained and spent from both organizations. For instance, in 2012 GOA provided contributions of $119,850 compared to the NRA's $1,458,651. GOA contributed only to Republicans candidates and the top recipients were Steve Stockman R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Steven Daines (R-MT) and Douglas Lamborn (R-CO). The NRA contributed to a variety of Republicans and Democrats, some of whom don't wish to repeal current gun laws in order to remove restrictions on the Second Amendment, but rather enforce them. Additionally, in their lobbying, GOA spent $1.3 million in both 2011 and 2012, compared to just under $3 million by the NRA in 2011-12. Keep in mind that the NRA is nearly seventeen times larger in members than GOA and has been around far longer. GOA has approximately 300,000 members compared to the NRA's five million. Both organizations disclose donors.

Part of GOA's mission, according to Pratt is to keep an eye on the NRA in order to make sure they advance the cause of freedom regarding the Second Amendment "when we don't think they've gone far enough."

Some, like Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze claims that Pratt's GOA is marginalizing the NRA, who he claims is "essentially a political party" and that the big majority of the members are "centrist," what they forget is the issue of the Constitution and according to the Constitution, there is no such thing as an illegal gun, nor does it give the authority to the Federal government to restrict in any way guns or gun ownership. An obvious question I have is, if these Second Amendment infringing mayors, which include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are saying that GOA is marginalizing the NRA and we know Bloomberg's position on guns, what should that tell us about who is actually defending Second Amendment rights and who may be open to compromises?

Mr. Pratt, 70, served in the Virginia legislature in the 1980's and briefly worked for Patrick Buchanan's 1996 Presidential campaign, so he's not new to the political arena. Pratt and his son graciously respond promptly to questions and interviews with Freedom Outpost. I can't say that for a lot of politicians or organizations. In fact, emails and phone calls are often not responded to at all.

If you missed it, you can see just how Pratt schools liberal gun grabbers like Piers Morgan, without batting an eyelid and brings to bear facts, the Constitution and logic to the issue of guns. Pratt is the "real deal" when it comes to the Second Amendment.

GOA is one that uncompromisingly uses their resources to fight to stop gun legislation and unravel current legislation such as background checks, fearing that they will ultimately lead to a national gun registry. "We have opposed them from the beginning," he said, "because there will be mission creep." GOA also opposes penalties for purchases made with the intent to sell or give firearms to someone else who cannot pass a background check, commonly referred to as "straw purchases." According to Pratt, "There would not be straw purchasing if there were no limits on who can carry a gun," which is a clear reference to the Second Amendment's language that reads, "shall not be infringed." Larry Pratt and Gun Owners of America actually understand that language. They openly support the proposed filibuster by Senators Paul, Cruz and Lee over Harry Reid's gun control bill. Membership to GOA can be obtained here and they also provide alerts concerning important matters that threaten your Second Amendment rights protected under the Constitution, which you can sign up to receive for free here.

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  • Cody Flecker

    All gun owners should turn in their automatic and semi automatic weapons immediately. They are absolutely useless in a society that is a democracy. You cannot hunt with these weapons, nor would you eat any game if you ever did. They are killing machines, and it's about time they ceased to exist.

  • LittleMoose

    Don't let the media cause you to pit one pro-gun group against another. There is plenty of room for both the NRA and GOA. The more pro-gun organizations we have the better for us.

  • Carl J Davis

    Get your heads out of you behinds! The NRA is the premier gun owners and second amendment organization in this county. I have been a life member since 1961. I am also a member of the GOA and several other pro second amendment organizations. The NRA is the first team, and their is plenty of room for a supporting cast made up of organizations like the GOA. Suggestions by anyone that any organization other than the NRA is the preeminent second ammendment appears to be an attempt to undermine the NRA. It is the NRA that is under attack by the Facists in the administration. Gun Owners of America is such an inconsequential operation that it doesn't even cause a significant annoyance to the Marxist gun grabbers. Plenty of room for others to join with the NRA in defense of our right. If, on the other hand the GOA finds reason to attack the NRA, I must assume that the mission of GOA is to undermine the second ammendment, not defend it!

  • Jude O'Connor

    I watched 60 Minutes last night putting the parents in Sandy Hook through the emotion again about their children. The talking head said the assault weapon, while one parent was hung on the magazines, I was furious watching the orchestration while there was not a dry eye there. What would happen if the teachers requested help and the Principal refused to send help? Well that's what happened to the sons that were killed in Benghazi and their parents will join the parents of Sandy Hook. Hypocrisy to the max.

  • owl

    When the last assault weapons ban was enacted it was with the help of the NRA and smith and Wesson,,,,the traitors have not been welcome in my home or presents since,,I would suggest anyone wanting to save their rights throw in with gun owners of America,,the jpfo,Jews for the. presveration of firearms ownership,,ccrkba,,,citizen committee for the right to keep and bear arms,,,2nd admenment foundation,, and the oath keepers,,,we need to get it together and stand for the same thing ,,,,freedom,,the NRA hasn't been there in the past no reason to expect them to be there in the future,,,,put your money where it'll do so good

  • john4637

    NRA or GOA ? All Obama and his merry Marxists have to think about is all of those well kept rifles and well trained veteran marksmen out in the countryside. If he does send out his BOY army they will get the szit surprised out of themselves!!!

    • fidoes

      A few ragtags aren`t going to do it without organization your a big fat target

  • Roderick Bateman

    In the 60's anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white countries to open their borders to non-white immigrants. Then anti-whites forced ALL and ONLY white people to "integrate" or face penalties for being "naziswhowantokill6millionjews." Now anti-whites are counting down the days until ALL and ONLY white children become minorities and eventually extinct EVERYWHERE. It's Genocide. "Anti-racist" is a codeword for anti-white.

  • Marc Albertario

    I appreciate all the backers of the 2nd Am. and urge all to stop this "pissing contest" probably started by liberals. There is room for all in this arena, GOA, NRA, Second Amendment Foundation, ISRA, all the state organizations. We are they, they are us. Stop fighting over the money and do what you can for the cause. Nobody gets more camera time than NRA, use it wisely. GOA has insider moves, get to it. 2nd Am Found. has great lawyers and winners in SCOTUS, get ready for next challenge. the ball!

  • WASP

    Wayne and his lackeys at the NRA are nothing but a bunch of self-serving, well-funded Lobbyists. They're getting rich by fleecing the membership with one hand, while holding hands with the fascist gummint with the other. Do any of you realize that the NRA entered into an agreement years ago with the feral gummint so they could collect some gummint funds available to NGO's. You don't think they had to make any deals to get that, do you?
    That's when I dropped my NRA membership.

  • A. Levy

    A couple of months ago, while watching a congressional hearing at which the NRA's

    Wayne LaPierre was testifying, i was reminded why i'm not a member. IMO, i truly doubt they could find a worse spokesperson. He is a very poor public speaker, conveying a lack of knowledge, and worse, weakness. The young, pro-gun female attorney, who also testified, made him look like a fool.

  • Norbert Tanguay

    Are some brave enough to become a Warrior?

  • A_Nobody

    What's so sad is the people behind Obozo and the Demoncrats are so-o-o stupid in thinking they're trying to protect them, when, in reality, they're afraid for themselves because they know the majority of the public doesn't like what they're trying to do to this country. Keep fighting GOA.

  • Dasrge

    Is this how the Senate was just able to take the 2nd Amendment rights away from 175,000 war veterans behind their back with a 98-0 vote, with the NRA making deals behind closed doors. Sounds like the Obubbacare deals all over again!! Pretty soon we will all be in the same boat as our own veterans. The government claims that this particular group can no longer distinguish the difference between right and wrong due to PTSD and head injuries...what excuse will they use to take our rights away. Don't worry to much about it, the politicians will find a way to try and disarm us but it WILL lead to Civil War. For those of you who don't believe this, wait until it happens. Government registrations will lead to laser imprinting of firing pin tips, which some companies are already doing, which will lead to a house by house, city by city, and state by state search for ALL weapons THEY deem inappropriate for civilians to have.

    • Joan Carson

      I am sorry to hear about the NRA and deals behind closed doors - the same as Congress and the Gang of Eight (included John McCain (of course) and surpringly Rubio) on Amnesty. I will now join the GOA - and other groups forming to take this country back. This government is so corrupt now that We The People need to take action. Many people (gun control advocates) do not understand Obama's motive for confiscating guns - the first priority for a wantabe Dictator - so the people cannot defend themselves from a rogue government - which is what the US has become. America was noted for having a gun behind every blade of grass - why we were not invaded by the Japanese in WWII. And for those of you who are illerate on history: The biggest killers of humans were Hitler, Stalin, N. Korea, China and many more Dictators - far outnumbering people killed in wars! On top of Obama and his traitorous Congress taking away guns, AGENDA 21 is taking away property, water rights - the government has taken away millions of acres of land now. Get educated before you lose your property. Remember Obama will never be able to take guns away from crimminals or drug cartels (which he and his chief crook, Eric Holder have supplied guns to cartels) but he wants you to be unprotected???

    • BillinDetroit

      If push comes to shove (WROL), I'm pretty sure we'll be able to find something for the vets to hold that goes bang. But that's just until we can find something for them that goes BOOM! to drive.

      As for the laser imprinting ... that's a non-issue which is why it has so far been a non-starter.

  • IMSweetOlBob

    I agree with the statement that the NRA has been too many times in the "compromisers circle." Their deal with the heted liar Schumer that was supposed to create a path for Vets to regain their gun rights was s serious flop. Repeated letters to them requesting the number of Vets who had done so finally resulted in a snarky letter form them stating that these numbers were not tracked per se. We need to remind them that compromise and accomodation with anti-gunners always results in a loss.
    But the choices between GOA and NRA is not, that's NOT, an either/or situation. They both are sorely needed, as is JPFO. (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership).
    Another absolutely no compromise organization. I belong to all three and I'm on a fixed income. We don't need to throw out the NRA, but we DO need to moniter it and voice our opinion on any future compromising with anyone.

  • Breeze13

    I left the NRA back in the '80's when they compromised on the machine gun bill. I joined GOA and have talked to Larry Pratt a couple of times. Very nice man.

  • Ted M.

    I am seriously offended and disappointed with the recent news of the N.R.A. and Senator Manchin ,having their "back-room negotiations" I am fearful that the N.R.A just might give in to the "gun-grabbers" . I can only hope that G.O.A. "GUN OWNERS of AMERICA" can stop what the N.R.A. cannot. At this point in time, we can't afford to be "sleeping with the enemy"
    "Gun-Control" was decided when our forefathers wrote the Second Amendment. ALL of these "laws" since then are mere BULL-$&@# ! ................ MOLON LABE !!!

    • DontTreadOnMe11

      I have been a life member of the NRa for about 30 years. I recently joined the GOA and have not donated to the NRA since. My money will now go to the GOA.

    • Ted M.

      D T O M 11
      You got that right ! I'm really beginning to think the N.R.A. and a lot of republicans are nothing more than "Gutless - Wonders" .

    • BillinDetroit

      I recently joined the NRA (I got a cap, free admission to a gun show, a couple of buttons I'll never wear and the promise of a subscription to a magazine which I haven't seen yet.) That was before I realized the scope of the GOA and the scope of the backroom deals the NRA engages in. I'm fairly pissed that the NRA completely fumbled the ball on Newtown. ISTR that Hitler started with the mentally deficient before progressing on to other groups.

      I still haven't joined the GOA but that's mostly caution since I did such a lousy job of due diligence with the NRA. I suspect that I'll be a GOA member by the end of this month.

  • cookcreative

    The corrupt NRA is the AARP for retires. Gun Owners of America is the AMAC for retires. Research NRA's explanation for DHS ammo purchases and prepare to be disappointed.

  • Ted R. Weiland

    Larry Pratt also knows that our non-optional God-expected responsibility to bear arms in defense of ourselves, families, and neighbors is much more important and ultimately much more powerful than our optional Second Amendment rights. Listen to his interview with me on his radio program on this very issue. Click on my name, then our website. On our home page, scroll down to our Featured Messages about the middle of the page.

    Also, listen to "The Second Amendment: A Knife in a Gunfight," recently preached at the Springfield, Missouri Firearms and Freedom Symposium.