Today I received a disturbing phone call, from the NRA of all places, regarding the advent of HR 45 and how it was an TEOTWAWKI Gun Licensing/Seizure/Ban Bill, and I needed to rush to open up my checkbook as fast as I could and empty my account into the coffers of the NRA in order to fight off this dreadful event.
I politely thanked the caller (several times, as they had substantial difficulty varying from their script) and cranked up the email client and browser.
I've found that if I contact folks over at the Second Amendment Foundation they tend to be more reality-driven and less focused on ginning up the fund-raising mill with a good round of panic-mongering. They seem to have wrapped their collective heads around the notion that if you scare the crud outta the constituency whenever the coffers are running a bit low, that it can be much harder to be trusted, credible, or believed when the proverbial roof really is falling.
I quote "It's dead in committee. Still has zero co-sponsors. It's all over the internet, and everyone is getting worked up about it, but it has maybe a 1% chance of moving. " from my SAF contact.
So, I think we can, for the moment, let our collective breath out. There's more to worry about with a rogue Legislative Special Session coming up than there is with HR45 - for the moment. It's a bad time to let our guard down, but let us focus our energies where they will do us the most good.