A lot of Democratic and Progressive voters have an uneasy relationship with the National Rifle Association. On one hand, they are the biggest and most successful organization defending our Second Ammendment Rights. On the other, they often appear to have become an extension of the far Right wing of the Republican Party, wholly owned by the GOP and indifferent or hostile to anyone who doesn't use a large "C" in his Conservatism. My personal take which does not represent the position of the DPO GOC is that they are in danger of falling into the same trap as the Human Rights Coalition on the Left; fundraising and influence have become ends in themselves rather than means to the original end.
But that's the sort of discussion best had over a couple beers.
The unsettling thing here is that a professionally done pamphlet is making the rounds ostensibly from the NRA. It uses NRA logos. It includes several calls for funds for the Association. It sets up the NRA as the sole defender of our rights against the Forces of Darkness. It is also a piece of race-baiting, Jew-baiting hatefilled trash of the first order. I've seen similar stuff from the late unlamented George Lincoln Rockwell and the National Alliance.
There has been a lot of speculation in the blogosphere about what it really is. Is it authentic? Is it an aborted project from the NRA? Is it a hoax by anti-gun people? Is it an ill-guided attempt by a pro-gun group to support the National Rifle Association? At this point nobody knows. I have made several calls to the NRA and NRA-ILA headquarters. So far there has been no response other than "I need to do some more research on this", "I haven't received a definitive answer" and "When there is an official response it will be on the NRA-ILA web page." A few days of this makes sense. If it goes on too much longer a reasonable person will be forced to conclude that they are responsible and have abandoned Theodore Roosevelt for Michael Savage.
We shall see.
For links to further discussions of this and links to the original pamphlet (Boing Boing's is the best. Raw Story's has some strange artifacts in some of the pictures) take a look at this entry on my blog.