The National Rifle Association does a pretty good job reminding politicians that the Second Amendment is part of the Constitution. (That's why I am a member, like my daddy before me.)
By contrast, the NRA trips over its boot laces when it tries to get involved in Colorado public lands and wildlife-management issues.
In the April 2008 issue of its magazine American Hunter, Darren LaSorte, NRA-ILA manager of hunting policy, waxes hysterical about the Colorado Wildlife Commission's decision to prohibit black-powder hunters from using rifles with the CVA Electra built-in electronic ignition system.
Why, this single decision is solely responsible for any drop in the percentage of Coloradans who hunt, rants LaSorte from his northern Virginia office.
Evidently Darren LaSorte does not understand the concept of a primitive weapons hunting season.
Archers hunting big game need to be quiet, careful of the wind, and take shots typically from inside 30 yards' range. The difficulty of doing that successfully is one reason why they are given a four-week season, late August to late September.
Meanwhile, hunters with black-power muzzleloading rifles get only eight days (longer on the prairie). In exchange for getting their slice of September--when the elk rut is still in progress--they accept certain limitations. Essentially, their technology is frozen at about 1850 levels: a single-shot rife, no telescopic sights or laser sights, no two-piece sabot bullets, no pre-formed powder pellets, no breach-loading rifles.
But there are always people who want to push the regulatory envelope, and LaSorte supports them, I suppose largely because they might buy ads in his magazine.
Likewise, the NRA's misinformed clamor over roadless areas might just be connected to the large number of advertising pages purchased by ATV manufacturers. Like we should let Kawasaki dictate America's public-lands management.
These are the problems you see when a very top-down organization tries to jump into local issues where it has little knowledge on the ground.
Groups such as Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the Colorado Wildlife Federation, or the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership have much more credibility in wildlife-management issues.