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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for the ‘Guns and Gun Rights’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Hell Week

Friday, August 29th, 2014

This has been the most terrible week I’ve had in many a year. The last two weeks, really, as I first kept the JPFO secret I thought should be revealed, then went ahead and revealed it.

All week I’ve felt as if every time I turn on my computer something with huge claws and teeth is going to lunge out of the Internet and eat me.

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Claire Wolfe

Carl, you’re such a compromiser!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

And here all this time everybody thought Carl Bussjaeger was a principled radical. But here he is, suggesting a compromise on gun rights!

Except … well, it’s a compromise that makes a lot of sense.


And a gentle suggestion for concerned JPFO members

If you’re a JPFO member and you really, really object to the SAF merger you might start independently exploring your options. Emails have been good. Petition signatures, too. But so far there’s no sign any of that is going to prevent the travesty.

Smart people are trying. But ruthless people with lawyers on the payroll have a habit of winning. In other words, don’t think a handful of overtaxed volunteers with too little time, aided by determined letter writers, can stop this. It may take much more.

Have the board members fulfilled their contractural duties? Do you want your recent donations refunded? Have any “ts” gone uncrossed and “is” gone undotted? Would you like to get a look at JPFO’s “paperwork” for yourself?

Entirely up to you, but the more eyes and brains on these things, the better. And ultimately individual donors and dues-paying members have the power.

(H/T CB & CS)

Claire Wolfe

Thank you,!
And an update

Sunday, August 24th, 2014


This is a screenshot of the top of this morning. Gunbloggers is a great, useful site and I’m pleased to steal from it often. :-) But the reason this is remarkable is that it’s normally only a rolling aggregation of blog posts. I’ve never, ever seen crucial news bannered like that on Gunbloggers before.

I don’t know who owns or operates Gunbloggers (and a whois search was unrevealing) and that’s embarrassing just now. But thank you! Bannering that link was a fantastic thing for you to do.


What’s developing here — unsurprisingly, I suppose, but still revealingly — is that while not a huge number of people care whether JPFO lives, dies, or is converted into JPFO “Lite” under Gottlieb management, those who do care care passionately.

And furiously.

And determinedly.

And on principle.

And with all the power of their intelligence.

Several life members have begun putting their minds, money, and experience into the effort to save JPFO.

Time is short. Every step of the perfidious “merger” is still being conducted in secrecy and haste. Gottlieb told David Codrea that he and the JPFO board intend to announce a done deal either this coming week or next Monday, yet no one knows what paperwork has been signed, what terms have been agreed to, what the actual timeline is. No information is being given to anyone outside the secret circle. All offers of alternatives and all requests to the JPFO board for information have simply been ignored.

Even queries to the board from life members and corporate donors have been ignored, deleted, and dismissed as mere “vitriol.” The work of “malcontents.” This alone is a scandal and a disgrace.

JPFO does not exist for the benefit of the handful of tired old men who have spent the last three and a half years mismanaging it! It exists for the benefit of all who care about rights — but surely its paying members and donors deserve a say!

All I can tell you is that good people are mobilizing and working as fast and smart as they can to stop this dirty business. Is there time? It’s impossible to know. But I’ve heard from several people who committed to JPFO for life that they will do all they can to prevent this travesty.

Thank you, Gunbloggers. Thank you, life members. Thank you, everybody who cares. Your numbers aren’t huge. But your determination sure is.


Sign the petition to stop the destruction of JPFO. So far, we have 211 signatures out of the 500 we’re looking for, and those names include both life members and corporate sponsors.

Will the board even see this petition? Don’t know. They’re doing a fine job of shutting out all input. But once we get the 500, I’ll do my darnedest to make sure they can’t miss it. And by all means feel free to call their attention to it yourself!

Claire Wolfe

In praise of an uncompromising b*astard

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Though I officially quit JPFO on Thursday, I promised one last article. (A freebie; no more JPFO paychecks for me.)

It went online today: Aaron Zelman: In praise of an uncompromising bastard.

‘Scuse the French.

There will never be another like him and the gun-rights movement is poorer for it.


Sign the petition to keep sellouts and compromisers from looting Aaron’s life work!

Claire Wolfe

Aaron Zelman: “I’ll join the NRA …”

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Friend reminded me of this article, which must have been one of the last things Aaron ever wrote.

Does this sound like SAF thinking to you? Me, neither. This is pure Aaron, whose spirit will never be confined by Gottliebian wishy-washiness.

Gottlieb has now stated that JPFO will be operated as an independent. However, he also cited KABA as an example of his fabulous preservation of “independence.” And we all know how well that went. Independence?

Can Gottlieb spell I-R-O-N-Y?

Read Aaron’s article. Do you see Gottlieb even tolerating such words?

Wonder, too, what’s going to happen to the invaluable archives on JPFO’s website. The site needs redesign and I have no doubt SAF money can take care of that. But which articles will be quietly “disappeared” because they’re too radical, too uncompromising, too JPFO-like to live on?

Oh well, there’s always the Wayback Machine.


Sign the petition. Save JPFO from being subsumed into the compromising morass of SAF.

Claire Wolfe

Dilbert on JPFO’s impending disappearance into the SAF fundraising factory

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

From s (and not really exactly from Dilbert):


Claire Wolfe

Why does SAF want JPFO so badly?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

… given that JPFO board members appear to think JPFO is no more than a worthless burden to be shrugged off their shoulders? A businessman friend who is also a JPFO life member offers this insight. And ain’t it the truth?

SAF is salivating at this “merger.” What’s not to like? They pay a few bills, but they get a great email and snail-mail list. They probably know that there is very little overlap between SAF members and JPFO members.

But since SAF, Alan Gottlieb, and the lawyers he hires are unprincipled hypocrites, willing to compromise and toady at every turn, they don’t understand WHY there is so little overlap in membership.

The truth is, Aaron Zelman was a fanatic. In a good sense. He had a burning issue and a principled stance. He would never compromise.

That’s exactly why I am a life member. I strongly suspect it was a reason many people supported JPFO. They were tired of weasel words, compromise, and endless erosion of their rights by the very people who claimed to help them.

I will never be associated with SAF. If this “merger” takes place I will renounce my life membership in JPFO. Gottlieb will never see a dime from me.

Perhaps we can’t stop this “merger.” Look for a smarmy FAQ with a bunch of questions that treat the JPFO members like infants and idiots. Look for weasel word answers crafted by lawyers to those insulting questions. Look for evasions and lies from SAF, because that’s what Alan Gottlieb does – he says one thing even while planning his next treachery.

Because in truth there is simply no way to merge these two organizations. They are like matter and anti-matter. Just like those, the mix will provoke an explosion and destruction. Nothing good will come of it, but the life work of Aaron Zelman will be destroyed.

His words, not mine. So if you want to sue him for telling the truth, lawyers, go find him.

Now, people, I’m stepping away from my computer for an hour or two. But keep those reality checks coming to the JPFO board!


Sign the petition! Stop SAF from looting Aaron Zelman’s legacy.

Claire Wolfe

A voice of experience on what it means to be bought out by SAF

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I put this in comments on today’s earlier post. But I hear that JPFO’s board and SAF are continuing to move ahead with their plans as we speak.

So it seems time to remind everybody what SAF does to its acquisitions. The following is a Facebook exchange. I know the people involved but have deleted their names for privacy:

Former KeepAndBearArms Insider: is nothing like it was before the SAF takeover.

The original writers were all hard line, “no compromise” firebrands. So it attracted that kind of stalwart.

Now it’s vanilla by comparison, with a small fraction of the reach and influence.

A similar motivation was at play: financial dire straits and raw fatigue.

Hindsight is 20/20. Shoulda coulda woulda frustration has plagued me for a decade.

JPFO friend: So having read Claire’s blog, what would your advice be?

Former KeepAndBearArms Insider: Her general idea of a member/owner group that keeps JPFO real and honors Aaron is essential.

Selling to SAF is going to cost JPFO’s identity. The word “merger” is disingenuous. “Absorption and dilution” are more like it.

At some point, after it’s done, current JPFO leaders won’t even be able to get Gottlieb on the phone — let alone get their voices out to JPFO members.

Trust me. I know.


Sign the petition! Stop SAF from looting Aaron Zelman’s legacy.

Claire Wolfe

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

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to post this, but now that we’re out of alternatives I’ll be as succinct as I can and attempt (no doubt unsuccessfully) to keep my most heated personal judgments to a minimum.


“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.

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Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, August 18th, 2014
  • Why we get only idiotic reporting on guns from the MSM: one more data point. (And this from one of the reporters who was on the scene in Ferguson where rubber bullets were actually fired!)
  • Craigslist: Roof Koreans for hire. :-) (H/T AG)
  • MJR reminds me that it’s time to revisit Robert Peel’s nine rules for policing. Sort of encouraging that an MSM source ran that (even if a Canadian one).
  • “Paper Boys.” Inside the dark, profitable world of consumer debt collection. Eeew!
  • “Cigars, But Not Close.” Mark Steyn on U.S. police overkill.
  • “The Low-Information Diet.” A classic from Mr. Money Moustache. Such things have been said in these parts before, but always need re-saying. (Maybe one of these days yours truly will actually listen.)
  • Fools.
  • The yellow dog project. Good idea beginning to gain worldwide traction: yellow ribbons to identify dogs who may be nervous, old, rambunctious, ill or otherwise not appropriate to approach.
Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, August 15th, 2014


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