Comments: NRA Election Coverage

Amy Heath's disappointing resume counterposed against her inspiring youthfulness, ought not to be astonishing to any of us: "we were them" once.

As Vice President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. Inc., and ostensibly the overseer of our shooting discipline programs, I have seen the results of Amy Heath's vigor in New York State --- especially the City." Yes, I agree -- genetics have little to do with performance; and yet, having been reared in a family that shoots, hunts, and teaches firearms use and safety, to the masses and the few, does often have the inevitable advantage of turning out those young folks we are always talking about who are the future of our traditions. That is how I see young people like Amy Heath and who I understand her to be.

Moreover, a friend of NYSRPA Pres. Tom King since 1964, and having had adequate time and proximity to see his mature and experienced talents, skills, and efforts in action, both the energetic, inspiring, and visionary King, and the youthful and enterprising Heath get my vote -- genetics aside: we are not building an empire by voting for Amy, but a promising future.

Best wishes to us all.

Posted by Dr. Russ Williams at April 5, 2006 11:23 AM

"we were them" once

What the heck does that mean? I am not as old as Amy and I have written better bios on similar topics for myself and others. I was able to do so when I was still in college and just getting involved in the issue.

And I'm not saying that she doesn't do good things. I just think that it's a disappointment for her to rely on her grandfather and "acting" "career" to get elected instead of her gun credentials. I'm not saying she doesn't have them, either. She does. I just don't understand why she doesn't use them.

Hell, based on what she did write, I could put down a more thorough gun bio about myself and I didn't even touch a gun until college, muchless grow up in a gun family. I'm not in any way calling her a bad person, and I would possibly vote for her just to piss off certain people on the Board. I would also expect her to learn her lessons real fast if she wants to seriously do anything on that Board because there are people on it who wouldn't mind pushing her back to the corner. And promoting her "acting" credits isn't the way to do that.

Posted by Bitter at April 6, 2006 03:59 PM

If you know of a candidate for the board who has a record of fighting legislative battles (and winning!), then why even consider someone like Heath who lists being born as her first accomplishment. That's a pretty low bar. Sure, her grandfather is a well-known figure in firearm culture, but he's also been accused numerous times of being racist. Which, according to Heath, merely means "that you have arrived." I've read Jeff Cooper's blog (from which that is quoted), and to the racist comment I'll say this: You can call anyone anything you want, sir, but if you categorically reserve the only terms of respect for you and yours while choosing derogatory epithets for all those different, you are racist. It's not the mere words that are important, it's the attitudes which produce them.

I've seen Heath in action, and was unimpressed to say the least. I can't help but think that such a grandparental environment, claimed as first among her qualifications, would have trickled down. Her shooting group of ladies-who-lunch is clearly unusual in NYC. Firearm ownership IS a women's lib issue (all minorities' too), but I'm more concerned with those who have neither lib nor privilege with which to buy lib. The last thing the NRA (or any broad lobbying group) needs is elitist exclusivity across the board(room). Getting women to shoot in NYC is easy - just invite them. That's my experience.

I've been appalled by the quality of my NRA magazines, and only now realize that I threw out my ballot. After reading Scott Bach's bio I will dig it out of the trash and vote.

Posted by E at April 22, 2006 06:52 PM
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