Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it

From Claire Wolfe

JPFO to be handed off to SAF

“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.

Gottlieb certainly confirmed many of the things Aaron said about him when he supported the Manchin-Toomey (really Manchin-Toomey-Schumer) universal background check bill last year. He even boasted of having spent hours helping to write the bill.

Now, the JPFO board of directors has hatched a plan to hand JPFO over to SAF — a merger that is scheduled to be finalized next week if JPFO supporters don’t stop it.

At the end of this post, I’m going to ask you to take action and give you contact information. But first let me tell you what little I know.

One of the things I know — the biggest thing I know — is that a viable plan exists to keep JPFO healthy and independent. And so far the board won’t even acknowledge it.

[Mama's Note: Please read the rest of the article, then send your email or phone JPFO and let them know where you stand. Do it today, please. There isn't much time left to put things right.]

About MamaLiberty

As a lifelong individualist and voluntarist, my philosophy can best be summarized here: No human being has the right -- under any circumstances -- to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten or delegate its initiation. Self defense, and the defense of others, is a basic right of all living creatures. After a long career as a registered nurse in So. Calif, I retired in 2005 to NE Wyoming, living alone in my own log home, with good friends and neighbors all around. Biological family includes two grown sons and five grandchildren, unfortunately still in California. In addition to writing and editing, I garden, sew, cook and bake my own bread from home ground wheat and other grains. Hobbies include identification and cultivation of wild food and herbs. I am also a certified instructor for firearms and self defense. I carry a gun at all times.
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3 Responses to Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it

  1. Van Cronkhite says:

    I have been a JPFO member since about the year 2000. I cared for Aaron Zelman very much and had the pleasure of speaking with him on the phone several times, and always loved the sound of his voice, which I recognized from the talking to america pod-casts.

    I love JPFO and the message and work the organization has done. I donated money for the production of “No Guns for Negros” and was a producer of “No Guns for Jews”. Both works were well received with in, and more importantly, outside the firearms rights, 2A community.

    However, I have been somewhat disappointed in JPFO since Mr. Zelman’s tragic and untimely death. JPFO seems to be stagnating.

    In the last 7 years or so the SAF has won many major suits at law reasserting our second amendment rights. I believe for the first time ever the supreme court has actually done the obvious, stated the right to keep and bear ams is an individual right.

    This is the work of Mr. Gottlieb, and his organization is doing great things, and yes I am a member and also support the SAF. I do not see a problem with SAF taking over JPFO. I wish JPFO were more active, but I do not see it as moving the rights fight forward since Mr. Zelman’s untimely death.

    I really don’t have a dog in this fight, I think we all know, despite our differences, that we are all on the same side and are good human beings.

    Sincerely
    Van Cronkhite

    • MamaLiberty says:

      We were all very sad to lose Aaron, and yes, JPFO was stagnating. Aaron did not leave it with a robust organization or sound business foundation. And, very unfortunately, those he trusted to operate it after his passing dropped the ball, and have even frustrated all attempts to right this situation.

      As for me, I would much rather JPFO died an honorable death than to have it swallowed by SAF. If you can accept Gottlieb’s sellout with the Manchin-Toomey (really Manchin-Toomey-Schumer) universal background check bill – where he actually wrote “gun control” legislation – then I can understand why you would not have a problem with this merger. But at least some of us are not willing to compromise our principles that way.

      Sadly, there is no evidence that Gottlieb is “on the same side.” Your definition of his doing “great things” is considerably different than mine, evidently.

  2. Richard says:

    I have contacted JPFO and made it very clear that I am not happy, in fact I an made as hell. I supported JPFO for years, with monthy donations and money to make the many films that Aaron was doing. I spoke with Aaron just 6 months before he passed and I still miss him. The board of JPFO cannot do this but I think they will.

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