NRA Director Against "Assault Weapons
"I think these assault weapons basically need to be in the hands of the military and they need to be in the hands of the police, but as far as assault weapons to a civilian, if you… if you… it's alright if you got that magazine capacity down to five rounds."
These are the words of famous, former Texas Ranger and current member of the NRA Board of Directors, Joaquin Jackson.
Jackson was being interviewed on PBS TV station KLRU on a program called TexasMonthly Talks.
The pertinent segment of the interview can be viewed on-line at:
last clip on the page.
Below is a transcript of this portion of the interview.
Moderator: You are a past Board member…?
Jackson: Current Board Member
M: You are a current board member of the NRA since 2001
J: That's correct.
[Short discussion where Jackson describes his strong commitment to the Second Amendment and its importance.]
M: Of course a lot of law enforcement are concerned about things like assault weapons which they feel like don't really contribute to the keeping of the peace.
J: Well, I'm a person that believes in a weapon should never…I personally believe a weapon should never have over a – far as civilian – 5 round capacity. If a hunter, if you're a hunter if you're gonna go hunting with a weapon, you shouldn't need over but one round…
M: If you're any good
J: If you're a good shot. Five rounds would be plenty.
M: So have you brought to the attention of your fellow board members at the NRA that maybe assault weapons ought to be restricted?
J: Well we've talked, we've discussed it you know, but uh this thing about assault weapons has been a kind of a touchy deal, but personally, I think these assault weapons basically need to be in the hands of the military and they need to be in the hands of the police, but uh, as far as assault weapons to a civilian, if you… if you… it's alright if you got that magazine capacity down to five…
M: Five rounds. Limited to that.
J: …five, five… Good to go. Five rounds or some…
Joaquin Jackson is a good man. He was an outstanding Texas Ranger and he has been an asset as a member of the Board of Directors of NRA, but such elitist bigotry is completely out of line for an NRA Director.
Jim Zumbo made his unfortunate comments out of ignorance. There can be no doubt that Ranger Jackson is intimately familiar with the form and function of military style weapons. While his initial comment could have been an expression of his opinions on "fair chase" rules for hunting, his subsequent comments make it crystal clear that he is referring to all military-style firearms in civilian hands.
I know, like, and respect Joaquin Jackson and appreciate his service to my native state of Texas and to the NRA, but this betrayal of the principles of the Second Amendment and the policies and positions of the NRA and the Board of Directors is inexcusable. Ranger Jackson needs to immediately resign his seat on the Board of Directors and recant his statements about "assault weapons."
Ranger Jackson's contact information, along with contact information for the rest of the Officers and Directors of NRA can be found in the current (September) issue of NRA's magazines. The Board will be meeting in their regular quarterly meeting in mid September.
Writing for The Firearms Coalition,