U.S. News and World Report
July 12, 2013
When the American Rifle and Pistol Association launched July 4, it hoped to attract gun owners across the political spectrum who were looking for a “sane” alternative to the NRA. So far, that effort doesn’t appear to be going well.
On various gun forums and blogs, the reception has been anything but friendly. Instead of being depicted as the new and improved NRA, the group has been described alternately as a “false flag group,” “astroturf phonies” and “frauds.”
“Here we are again, not so far away from important 2014 elections, and we have another fraudulent pro-gun group for the people,” wrote the gun blog Gunalizer. “If you disagree with us, fine. Stand up and be heard. But don’t put on a mask and lie about your true intentions,” wrote the site Ammoland.