...and one I've never seen before, so I'm going to try to fill that need.
This discussion is about Quality Control in the pro-2A movement.
There really is no one out there using the principles of quality control management in our Movement. That's wrong, so I thought that in my small way, maybe I could get this ball moving, or at the minimum, show the need for QC evaluation.*
Executive Summary: The fight to protect and enhance the Second Amendment of the US Constitution (2A) is broadly supported, but it is mostly just a large group of diverse people doing their own things. There is no controlling organization, even though the NRA pretends that they are filling that niche. Without a controlling organization, large amounts of the energy put into protecting the 2A is wasted, because it isn't focused. Some individuals are brilliant, some with similarly keen interest actually work against the whole Movement. How does the Movement get focused and stay focused?
Part 1: Natural Lines of Organization:
Protecting the 2A is a life work for many, your blogger included. Personally, it consumes a large amount of my time and capacity of my "mainframe" or brain. I write this blog primarily towards this end, although it has other areas of concentration as well. I still only rate myself as a part-timer, though, and I probably am only partially effective at what I do, because I fall into that part of the Movement that would best be known as "free-lancers". I'm going to attempt to list the parts of the Movement as I recognize them. This list may not be complete, readers are encouraged to add to it in Comments.
- Legal: The "stars", if I may put it so expansively, are those who have the professional credentials and the energy to be the legal protectors of the 2A all the time. These would be represented by the Second Amendment Foundation, ably led by Alan Gottlieb. The Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) is another such organization, although it wins more fights with the power of it's presses than with it's writs. In California, with an extremely anti-2A State government, CalGuns is the big dog on the block, both in spreading the word as JPFO does, and also for their legal staff. Then there is the National Rifle Association, which has a fine legal staff, but prefers to engage in "inside the Beltway" political maneuvering to achieve their successes, which ARE legion. There are other outfits, some effective, some not.
- Promotional: Given the deteriorated state of Civics education in our Nation, this should come as no surprise, but few citizens actually understand the Second Amendment, or for that matter, the Bill of Rights. Most have heard of the Bill of Rights, but few know why and how it came about separate from the main body of the Constitution. Promotion, or continuing education on the Bill of Rights is definitely required, and may actually be the one thing the USA lacks that contributes the most to the present decline of our Nation. While all pro-2A organizations use promotion, some better than others, no one, I repeat, NO ONE, does promotion of the Bill of Rights better than the Heritage Foundation. Their very name is emblazoned with "Leadership for America", and they mean it and live it every day.
- Technical: No, not the gun-boards, I refer to the basic foot-soldiers of the Movement. The folks like you and I who get out to petition their Legislators against further restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms or petition FOR the occasional legislation or regulation which promotes the 2A. The gun-bloggers are in this group, although they cross into the Promotional arena as well. A sub-grouping of the Technical support of the 2A would be the various hunter's-interest outfits and even the Open Carry people, who have a very checkered history of effectiveness in the overall Movement. In these modern times, Technical would also include those people who do their best work on Social Media such as Facebook or Twitter, because on those media, they are reaching out to the next generation of political leadership of the Nation, without the support of which the 2A is doomed.
This concludes Part One. Additional parts of the 2A Quality Control evaluation will be published shortly.
* I actually have been certified in Quality Control Evaluation and Training. The course was offered as an academy for Training NCOs in the Oregon Air National Guard, a position I held for several years. The QC program in the ORANG was known as Total Quality Management (TQM), and I was certified in TQM Basic, Advanced and "Train the Trainer" levels of that program. I also (very briefly because I stuck to the USAF book on QC) worked with the Multnomah County "Results" program, another QC Management attempt. That attempt failed to do anything but waste taxpayer's money, because the program got modified by the personal whims of those HR executives running it and was turned into a brag-engine instead of an evaluation tool.